Short plat 3-step pre-application process
Short plat pre-applications are processed in three steps as below. In October 2007, DDES initiated a new 3-step pre-application process for the review of short plat** applications in order to provide greater information to potential applicants on both the short plat process and associated costs. Waiver of any of the following three steps may be requested by those customers who are already familiar with the current short plat process or those customers who can provide other appropriate justification. The waiver form can be found here.
Step 1 - Informational meeting
If, after meeting with a Land Use Coordinator at the DDES Permit Service Center to get basic information about property in unincorporated King County, an individual is considering filing a short plat application, Step 1 in the process is to attend an informational meeting. The meeting will include a PowerPoint presentation that gives a basic overview of the short plat process. There will be no charge for Step 1. Completion of Step 1 is required prior to proceeding to Step 2 described below.
Step 2 - Pre-application/Feasibility meeting
At this meeting, the short plat process will be discussed in more detail, as well as site-specific issues. Prior to the meeting, applicants will be required to submit a list of issues/questions, a description of the proposal, and a proposed site plan. The applicant's representative must attend the meeting with the applicant. County staff will provide detailed written comments on the proposal, identifying issues of concern. Review fees will be charged for this meeting.
Step 3 - Application review meeting
The purpose of this meeting is to review the actual application documents, prior to their submittal. To schedule this meeting, all application documents must be submitted with the meeting request. County staff will visit the site prior to the meeting, and a fee quote for DDES application fees will be given to the applicant at the meeting. Review fees will be charged for this meeting.
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**A short subdivision, often called a "short plat," is a division of property into four or fewer lots outside the Urban Growth Area and nine or fewer lots in the Urban Growth Area.