Planning & Development Services

The Planning & Development Services Department (PDS) is responsible for managing land use policy planning and land use regulations and for ensuring that land development in Snohomish complies with the policies, regulations, and standards established by the City Council.

Department Divisions
PDS is comprised of Planning, Building and Permitting divisions. The following primary services are included in their responsibilities.
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  • Permitting: Staff manages the intake, review, tracking, and issuance of development permits for land use, construction, and engineering permits, and provides customer assistance at the public information counter.
  • Land Development and Construction Services: Staff reviews land use and development permits for compliance with environmental, land use, and building regulations.
  • Building Inspection: Staff conducts site visits to ensure compliance to City regulations, standards, and conditions of approval as development projects progress to completion.
  • Long-Range Planning: Staff maintains land use policy documents and development regulations and conducts special projects at the direction of the City Council.
  • Code Enforcement: Staff conducts investigations and takes legal steps to achieve compliance with adopted land use and development codes.
PDS serves as staff to the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and Hearing Examiner.

Additional Responsibilities
PDS is also responsible for the following:
  • Annexations
  • Home occupations
  • Mapping
Mission & Process
Our purpose is to preserve and enhance the City's character and the natural, built, and economic assets that contribute to a high quality of life for Snohomish residents.  Our goal is to maintain a transparent and responsive development oversight process for citizens and others who invest in and improve our community.  We will achieve this through a partnership with all stakeholders that is collaborative, accessible, reasonable, creative, predictable, and efficient.

To make your process and project as successful as possible, please contact PDS early in your design process.