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Clearing and grading are activities associated with developing property for various commercial and residential uses. Clearing has to do with removing vegetation or other organic material and grading involves reshaping the ground surface.

Clearing or grading proposals may need to be reviewed and a permit may be required before moving land in order to ensure the activity will not negatively impact the environment or existing structures.

Large and complicated activities, such as grading proposals for surface mines (e.g., gravel pits) or large highway or pipeline expansions, may require a pre-application conference.

The links above provide detailed information on clearing and grading topics, or contact the Permitting Department's customer service at 206-296-6600 for more information about clearing and grading in unincorporated King County.