Chapter 19.14


19.14.010    Classification of project permit applications.

19.14.020    Optional consolidated permit processing.

19.14.030    Exemptions from project permit application processing.

19.14.040    Legislative decisions.

19.14.050    Administrative interpretations.

19.14.010 Classification of project permit applications.

A. Classification. All project permit applications shall be classified as one of the following, and shall be processed as set out in Chapter 19.18:

Type IA

Type IB

Type IIA

Type IIB

Type III


Type IVA

Type IVB

Type V


Excavation permits w/o SEPA review

Building permits w/o SEPA review

Building permits w/ SEPA review

Short subdivision

Variances, except for subdivision and flood hazard variances

Planned development district


Final plat

Comp. plan amendments

Site plan

Flood hazard permits

Downtown code departures


Conditional use permit


Preliminary plat


Development regulations and amendments thereto

Administrative interpretation

Boundary line adjustments

Minor amendments to planned unit developments


Shoreline conditional use permit


Plat vacations and alterations


Area-wide amendment


Sign permits

Critical areas alteration permits


Shoreline variance


Subdivision variance





Critical areas reasonable use requests


Shoreline substantial development permits


Site amendment





Excavation permit w/ SEPA review









Flood hazard variance









Administrative interpretations







B. Determination by Administration. The administrator or his/her designee shall determine the proper classification for all project permit applications. If there is a question as to the appropriate classification, the administrator shall resolve it in favor of the higher procedure type number. The act of classifying an application for procedure type shall be a Type IA action; and subject to reconsideration and appeal at the same time and in the same way as the merits of the project permit application in question. (Ord. 1467 § 1, 2014: Ord. 1461 § 3 (Exh. B), 2013; Ord. 1411 § 5 (Exh. E) (part), 2010: Ord. 1109 § 19, 1998; Ord. 1037 § 1 (part), 1996. Formerly 19.01.010, 19.01.020(A), 19.01.030(B)).

19.14.020 Optional consolidated permit processing.

A. Unless otherwise required, where the city must approve more than one project permit application for a given development, two or more project permit applications required for the development may be simultaneously submitted by the applicant for review at one time. If an applicant elects the consolidated permit review process by the simultaneous submission of two or more applications: (1) the applications shall be reviewed and processed under the highest numbered procedure type that applies to any of the applications; and (2) the determination of completeness (Section 19.18.060); notice of application (Section 19.18.070); and notice of final decision (Section 19.18.090) shall include all project permits being reviewed through the consolidated review process. If project permit applications for any such development are not submitted under this optional consolidated permit review process, the highest numbered type procedure must be processed prior to the subsequent lower numbered procedure type.

B. Applications processed in accordance with this section which have the same highest numbered procedure but are assigned different hearing bodies shall be heard collectively by the highest decision-maker(s) applicable to such applications. Decision bodies in order of ranking are as follows: The city council is the highest, followed by the planning commission or shoreline hearings board or board of adjustment, as applicable, and then the administrator. Joint public hearings with other agencies shall be processed according to Section 19.30.030. (Ord. 1411 § 5 (Exh. E) (part), 2010: Ord. 1037 § 1 (part), 1996. Formerly 19.01.020(B)).

19.14.030 Exemptions from project permit application processing.

Pursuant to RCW 36.70B.140(1), the following permits or approvals are specifically excluded from the procedures set forth in this title:

A. Landmark designations;

B. Street vacations under Chapter 35.79 RCW;

C. Street use permits;

D. Other approvals relating to the use of public areas; and

E. Other project permits, whether administrative or quasi-judicial that the city council has determined by resolution present special circumstances that warrant a different review process. (Ord. 1411 § 5 (Exh. E) (part), 2010: Ord. 1037 § 1 (part), 1996. Formerly 19.01.070).

19.14.040 Legislative decisions.

A. Decisions. The following decisions are legislative, and are not subject to the procedures in this chapter, unless otherwise specified:

1. Zoning code and development regulations and amendments to development regulations (for the purposes of this section, “development regulations” are as defined in RCW 36.70A.030(7), as now exists or as may be hereafter amended);

2. Area-wide rezones to implement new city policies;

3. Adoption of the comprehensive plan and any plan amendments; and

4. Annexations.

B. Planning Commission. The planning commission shall hold a public hearing and make recommendations to the city council on the decisions in this section. The public hearing shall be held in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 19.30.

C. City Council. The city council may consider the planning commission’s recommendation in a public hearing held in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 19.40.

D. Public Notice. Notice of the public hearing or public meeting shall be provided to the public as set forth in Section 19.22.030(B)(4).

E. Implementation. The city council’s decision shall become effective by passage of an ordinance or resolution. (Ord. 1411 § 5 (Exh. E) (part), 2010: Ord. 1037 § 1 (part), 1996. Formerly 19.01.050).

19.14.050 Administrative interpretations.

A decision as to the meaning, application or intent of the code, as it relates to a specific piece of property, may be requested by an applicant, staff, or a citizen at any time prior to a final decision on a project permit application to which the development regulation may be applied. The request shall be on a form provided by the administrator and include identification of the regulation in question, a description of the property and a clear statement of the issue or question to be decided. The administrator shall issue a written interpretation within a reasonable time, but no more than fourteen working days after receipt of the completed form, and file a copy in a book or binder for such interpretations readily available to the public at the appropriate departments’ service counter. The city administrator or his/her designee shall interpret the provisions of the code. (Ord. 1411 § 5 (Exh. E) (part), 2010: Ord. 1037 § 1 (part), 1996. Formerly 19.01.080).