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.

PDS Mission


Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life enjoyed by Snohomish residents.  We will treat all of our customers equally with fairness and respect, using open and transparent processes.

Department Divisions


PDS is comprised of Planning, Building and Permitting divisions. The following primary services are included in their responsibilities.

  • 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

Message from the Director:


The world of land use regulations and processes is alien.  I know that.  I know that the Planning & Development Services Department’s operations – what we do, how we do it, and perhaps most importantly, why we do what we do – is baffling to many Snohomish citizens.  However, it’s the nature of our business and no matter how hard we try to be transparent about our process, too often it’s clear we’re speaking a language many people don’t understand.  That’s why I want to encourage you to contact me anytime you have a question about zoning or land use.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me the next time we approve a project or do something that angers or confuses you.  Afterwards, you may still be angry but hopefully you won’t be confused.  My direct line is 360-282-3173.  Or if you prefer, send me an email.
Glen Pickus
Glen Pickus, AICP
Planning Director