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What is the purpose of a pre-application meeting?

Pre-application meetings are held between a prospective permit applicant and Permitting staff before a permit application is filed.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss project parameters and site conditions pertinent to review of a permit. The intent of the pre-application meeting is to prepare prospective applicants for the permit process and provide technical guidance to assist customers with the application and review process.

Will I need a pre-application meeting for a land use permit?

Mandatory pre-application meetings. For land use permits in unincorporated King County, pre-application meetings are required for large and/or complex projects with multiple review stations.

Pre-application meetings also are required for all Type II, III and IV Permits (these permits involve public notice and comment, and may be appealed to the Hearing Examiner or King County Council).

The largest and most complicated grading proposals such as surface mines (e.g., gravel pits), large highway expansions, and large pipeline expansions all will require a pre-application meeting, as will grading permits triggering SEPA review or some other Type II land use decision (appealable to the Hearing Examiner).

Finally, all proposed subdivisions (plats and short plats) begin with a pre-application meeting.

Voluntary pre-application meetings. Land use feasibility meetings are also known as voluntary pre-application meetings. This type of meeting is held at the applicant's request to assist in preparing an application. It may be very preliminary in nature and is not intended to fulfill the required pre-application meeting for permit submittal.

A land use feasibility meeting may also be requested by an applicant who desires a more thorough and in-depth review of a proposed project. An applicant may request Permitting staff to waive the required mandatory pre-application meeting if a land use feasibility meeting has already been held.

How much will it cost?

Permitting staff's fixed fee rate is charged per each Permitting staff member present at the meeting (see One Form coming soon pre-applications for detailed information specific to those permit types). For permits requiring a Project Manager, a fee estimate for the pre-application phase can be provided to customers ahead of time by the Project Manager.

Voluntary pre-application meetings, which are smaller in scope, are billed at the department's current hourly rate per each Permitting staff member required.

Where can I get an application?

Refer to the application materials according to permit type:

Also available:
  • Request an application packet by mail by calling Permitting customer service at 206-296-6600 or
  • Pick up an application packet at Permitting staff in the city of Snoqualmie (see map and directions).

How do I submit my application?

Refer to the application materials in the packets listed above by permit type for submittal procedures.

What is the timeline for processing a pre-application meeting for a land use permit?

Pre-application meetings are usually scheduled within a 30-day time frame from the date of submittal.

Legal authority

Section 20.20.030 of the King County Code

Administered by

Department of Permitting and Environmental Services


After a pre-application has been submitted:

  • Contact your assigned Project Manager for questions about pre-applications that have been submitted for
    • Subdivisions (Plats)
    • Short Subdivisions (Short Plats)
    • Shoreline permits
    • Rezones
    • Special Use Permits
    • Conditional Use Permits
    • Variances
    • Reasonable Use Exceptions
    • Public Agency Utility Exceptions.
  • Contact your assigned Project Manager for questions about pre-applications submitted for Clearing or Grading permits.