Chapter 17.24

17.24.000    Chapter Contents


17.24.010    Submission of application.

17.24.020    Format and content of application.

17.24.030    Distribution of copies.

17.24.040    Time to act.

17.24.050    Review criteria.

17.24.060    City final approval.

17.24.070    Filing for record--Copies.

17.24.080    Filing for record--Time limit.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019).

17.24.010 Submission of application

The subdivider shall submit an electronic copy of the document to the department through its online portal. All submitted drawings shall be in a portable document format (".pdf") meeting the requirements of ISO32000-1, Document Management – Portable Document Format – Part 1: PDF 1.7.

(Ord. 7311 §3, 2022; Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 5594 §3, 1996; Ord. 4529 §6 (1), 1984).

17.24.020 Format and content of application

A.    Survey of Subdivision and Preparation of Plat. The survey of the proposed subdivision and preparation of the plat shall be made by or under the supervision of a registered land surveyor who shall certify on the plat that it is a true and correct representation of the lands actually surveyed.

B.    Drafting Standards. All final plats shall be drawn in accordance with the following:

1.    The final plat shall be clearly and legibly drawn in permanent black ink upon a stable base polyester film.

2.    The scale of the plat shall be not less than 1" = 200'. Lettering shall be at least 3/32 of an inch high. The perimeter of the plat or subdivision being recorded shall be depicted with heavier lines wider than the remaining portion of the plat or subdivision.

3.    The size of each sheet shall be 18" by 24".

4.    A marginal line shall be drawn completely around each sheet, leaving an entirely blank margin of three inches on the left, and one-half inch on each side of the other three sides.

5.    If more than two sheets are used, an index of the entire subdivision showing the arrangement of all sheets shall be included. Each shall be appropriately numbered.

6.    The plat title, date, scale and north arrow shall be shown on each appropriate sheet of the final plat.

7.    All signatures placed on the final plat shall be original signatures written in permanent black India ink.

C.    Street Monuments. The surveyor preparing the plat shall submit a street monumentation plat to the Public Works Department for approval prior to setting any permanent street monuments. The Public Works Department shall determine the number and location of permanent control monuments in streets within and leading into the plat, if any. All street monuments shall conform to the standard specifications of the American Public Works Association or as amended by city standard plans.

D.    Content.

1.    The following information is required on the final plat map:

a.    The date, scale, north arrow, legend, controlling topography and existing features such as highways and railroads;

b.    Legal description of the plat boundaries;

c.    Reference points and lines of existing surveys identified, related to the plat as follows:

i.    Adjoining corners of adjoining subdivisions,

ii.    City or county boundary lines when crossing or adjacent to the subdivision,

iii.    Section and donation land claim lines within and adjacent to the plat,

iv.    Whenever the county or a city has established the centerline of a street adjacent to or within the proposed subdivision, the location of this line and monuments found or reset,

v.    All other monuments found or established in making the survey of this subdivision or required to be installed by provisions of this title,

vi.    The basis of bearings, as defined and required in WAC 332-130-050(1)(b)(iii);

d.    The exact location and width of streets and easements intersecting the boundary of the tract;

e.    Tract, block and lot boundary lines and street rights-of-way and centerlines, with dimensions, bearings or deflection angles, radii, arcs, points of curvature and tangent bearings. Tract boundaries, lot boundaries and street bearings shall be shown to the nearest second with basis of bearings. All distances shall be shown to the nearest 0.01 foot;

f.    The width of the portion of streets being dedicated, the width of any existing rights-of-way and the width of each side of the centerline. For streets on curvature, curve data shall be based on the street centerline. In addition to the centerline dimensions, the radius and central angle shall be indicated;

g.    Easements denoted by fine dashed lines or described by narrative, clearly identified and, if already of record, their recorded reference. The width of the easement, its length and bearings, and sufficient ties to locate the easement with respect to the subdivision must be shown. If the easement is being dedicated by the map, it shall be properly referenced in the owner’s certificate of dedication;

h.    Lot numbers beginning with number "1" and numbered consecutively without omission or duplication throughout the plat. The numbers shall be solid, of sufficient size and thickness to stand out and so placed as not to obliterate any figure. Lot numbers in an addition to a subdivision of the same name shall be a continuation of the numbering of the original subdivision;

i.    Accurate outlines and designations of any areas to be dedicated or reserved for public use or to be committed for the common use of all property owners with the purpose of dedication, reservation and commitment to be clearly set forth on the plat document together with accurate references to appropriate recorded documents;

j.    All required dedications, endorsements, covenants, affidavits and certificates shall show on the face of the final plat;

k.    The final plat shall show the subdivision of the section or sections involved and show the township(s) and range(s); provided, that if the land being platted is not described by section subdivision, the final plat map shall show a vicinity map showing monuments and land corners sufficient to properly orient the new subdivision;

l.    Specific wording as may be required by the preliminary plat approval;

m.    A plat or subdivision contiguous to, or representing a portion of or all of the frontage of a body of water, river or stream shall indicate the location of monuments, which shall be located at such distance above high-water mark as to reasonably insure against damage and destruction by flooding or erosion;

n.    Lots containing one acre or more shall show net acreage to nearest hundredth, whenever possible;

o.    Designation of lots to be used for other than single-family residential purposes;

p.    If the plat constitutes a replat of all or portions of an existing subdivision, this shall be clearly indicated just below the subdivision name. All original plat lines shall be shown in half-tone around the perimeter of the new plat.

q.    A summary of the terms and conditions, including building permit restrictions, of any agreement and security to construct improvements in the future on the plat.

2.    Acknowledgments and Certificates. Acknowledgments and certificates required by this title shall be in language substantially indicated in the following subsections:

a.    Dedications. The intention of the owner shall be evidenced by the owner’s presentation for filing of a final plat clearly showing the dedication thereof and bearing the following certificate signed by all real parties of interest:

"Know all persons by these presents that ________________________, the undersigned owner, in fee simple of the land hereby platted, _________________________, and ______________________, the mortgagee thereof, hereby declare this plat and dedicate to the use of the public forever all streets, avenues, places and sewer easements or whatever public property there is shown on the plat and the use for public purposes. Also, the right to make all necessary slopes for cuts and fills upon lots, blocks, tracts, etc. shown on this plat in the reasonable original grading of all the streets, avenues, places, etc. shown hereon. Also the right to drain all streets over and across any lot or lots where water might take a natural course after the street or streets are graded. Also, all claims for damage against any governmental authority are waived which may be occasioned to the adjacent land by the established construction, drainage and maintenance of said roads.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF we set our hands and seals this __________day of _________________________, [year].

In the event that a waiver of right of direct access is included, then the certificate shall contain substantially the following additional language:

"Access to _________________________ street from lots numbered _______________ is hereby waived, and dedication to the public shall in no way be construed to permit a right of direct access to _________________________street from lots numbered ________________, nor shall the City of Olympia or any other local governmental agency within which the property is or may become located ever be required to grant a permit to build or construct an access of approach to said street from said lots."

b.    Acknowledgment.





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On this day personally appeared before me ______________________________, to me known to be the individual(s) described in and who executed the within and foregoing instrument, and acknowledged that he/she/they signed the same as his/her/their free and voluntary act and deed, for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.

Witness my hand and official seal this ______ day of _______________________, [year].












Printed Name: _______________________



NOTARY PUBLIC in and for the State of Washington, residing at ________________



My commission expires ________________

c.    Restrictions. The following restrictions shall show on the face of the final plat:

i.    The following shall be required when the plat contains a private street: "The cost of construction and maintaining all streets not herein dedicated as public streets shall be the obligation of all of the owners and the obligation to maintain shall be concurrently the obligation of any corporation in which title of the streets may be held."

ii.    "All landscaped areas in public rights-of-way shall be maintained by the owner and the owner’s successor(s) and may be reduced or eliminated if deemed necessary for or detrimental to City road purposes."

iii.    The following shall be required when the plat contains commonly owned tracts: "Community tracts shall be owned and maintained in common for the benefit of all lot owners. All lots have an undivided interest in the ownership and maintenance of community areas. The ownership interest in each community tract shall be stated in the deed to each lot."

iv.    The following shall be required when the installation of required improvements has not been completed prior to recording: "Pursuant to City Ordinance, the City of Olympia may deny the issuance of building or occupancy permits for any structure within this plat until street, sidewalk, or other required plat improvements have been installed."

v.    Any additional conditions as approved by the hearing examiner.

d.    Certificate From Land Surveyor. The completed plat must show a certificate from the land surveyor who platted the property, in substantially the following form:

"I hereby certify that the Plat of _________________________ is based upon an actual survey and subdivision of a portion of Section _____, Township _____, Range _____, W.M.; that the distances and courses shown thereon are correct; that the monuments have been set and lot and block corners staked on the ground."

e.    Certificates of City Officers. The plat shall also show the following certificates:

i.    Certificate--City Engineer.

"Examined and approved this _____day of _______________[year].




Olympia City Engineer"

ii.    Certificate--Health Officer.

"Examined and approved this _____day of __________________________[year].




Health Officer"


iii.    Certificate--Assessor.

"Examined and approved this _____day of _________________________[year].




Thurston County Assessor"


iv.    Certificate-Treasurer.

"I hereby certify that all taxes on the land described hereon have been fully paid to and including the year _____.




Thurston County Treasurer"

v.    Certificate--Planning Director.

"Examined and approved this ______ day of _________________________[year].




Planning Director"


vi.    Certificate--City Treasurer.

"I hereby certify that all Local Improvement District Assessments on the land described hereon have been fully paid to and including the year ____




Treasurer, City of Olympia"


vii.    Certificate--County Auditor.

"Filed for record at the request of _________________________this ____day of _________________________, [year], at _____ minutes past _____.m., and recorded in Volume _____ of Plats, on page _____ , records of Thurston County, Washington.




Thurston County Auditor




Deputy Auditor"

3.    Supplemental information as required by the Application Content Lists must be submitted with the final plat map. See chapter 18.70 OMC.

(Ord. 7311 §4, 2022; Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 7187 §3, 2019; Ord. 5718 §5, 1997; Ord. 5594 §4, 1996; Ord. 4529 §6(2), 1984).

17.24.030 Distribution of copies

The Public Works Department shall forward a dark line print to the Planning Department, county assessor, county health department, county treasurer, fire department, and any other agency responsible for the provision of services or insuring compliance with conditions of preliminary plat approval. Said agencies shall examine the plat for compliance with the provisions of this title.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(3), 1984).

17.24.040 Time to act

Final plats shall be approved, disapproved or returned to the applicant within 30 days from the date of filing unless the applicant consents to an extension of such time period.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(4), 1984).

17.24.050 Review criteria

A.    The Public Works Department shall examine the map as to sufficiency of affidavits and acknowledgments, correctness of surveying data, mathematical data and computations, and such other matters as require checking to insure compliance with the provisions of state laws pertaining to subdivisions, with this title and with the conditions of approval. Traverse sheets (computation of coordinates) and work sheets showing the closure of the exterior boundaries and of each irregular lot and block and the calculation of each lot size shall be furnished. If the final plat is found to be in correct form and the matters shown thereof are sufficient, the Public Works Department shall certify the mylar of the plat to the Planning Department.

B.    In addition to a statement of approval from the Public Works Department, the following approvals must be submitted in writing to the Planning Department prior to its certification of the final plat:

1.    Health Approval. The county health department shall indicate compliance with the health requirements of the preliminary plat and shall indicate the adequacy of the method of sewage disposal. Approval by the Health Department of the final plat shall not vary or negate any requirements for obtaining septic tank and drainfield permits for any lots therein;

2.    Department of Ecology approval. In those cases where the subdivision is located in a flood control zone as established by RCW Chapter 86.16 the Department of Ecology shall indicate approval of the plat and shall state any special conditions or restrictions deemed by it to be necessary for effective flood protection;

3.    Fire department’s approval;

4.    Water purveyor’s approval;

5.    Sewer purveyor’s approval;

6.    County treasurer’s approval;

7.    County assessor’s approval;

8.    Other approvals as may be required in the conditions of preliminary plat approval.

D.    If each department determines that the final plat conforms fully with all applicable regulations and standards, they shall then affix their signatures to the final plat.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(5), 1984).

17.24.060 City final approval

After being approved as required in Section 17.24.050, the final plat shall be presented to the Community Planning and Development Director. After finding that the final plat has been completed in accordance with the provisions of this title, and that all required improvements have been completed or that arrangements or contracts have been entered into to guarantee that such required improvements will be completed, and that the interests of the city are fully protected, the Director or the Director’s designee shall sign the final plat accepting such dedications and easements as may be included thereon, and the final plat shall be returned to the applicant for filing for record with the county auditor.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(6), 1984).

17.24.070 Filing for record--Copies

The original of said final plat shall be filed for record with the county auditor. One reproducible copy of a stable base material shall be furnished to the Public Works Department. One paper copy shall be filed by the auditor with the assessor, planning department, health department, building department and the fire chief. All required paper copies shall bear the auditor’s recording date.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(7), 1984).

17.24.080 Filing for record--Time limit

Approval of the final plat shall be null and void if the plat is not recorded within 30 days after the date the last required signature has been obtained.

(Ord. 7208 §1, 2019; Ord. 4529 §6(8), 1984).