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Please consult the 2017-18 fee schedules below for precise fee information. Fee changes were approved by the King County Council in November 2016, per ordinance 18385. The fees are valid for two-years until January 1, 2019.  Transportation impact (Roads MPS) fees will no longer be collected beginning in 2017.           

 2017-18 Fee Guides   Eff. 01/01/17
 Pre-Development Services Guide
 Critical Area Designation  01

 Pre-application Conference

 Zoning Inquiry  01
 Code Interpretation  01
 Work Without Permit Investigation  01
 Building - Single Family Dwelling Guide
 New Dwelling 02
 School Impact Fees 03
 Addition, Remodel, Repair, or Accessory Structure 04
 Building - Non-Residential Structure or Multifamily Dwelling Guide
 Building, Fire or Mechanical System Construction or Installation  05
 Occupancy or Operating Permit Inspection 05
 Building Valuation Data 06
 Site Construction 07
 Road Construction 08
 Storm Water Facility Construction 09
 Clearing or Grading Guide  
 Clearing or Grading  10
 Commercial Agricultural or Forestry Activity   10
 Surface Mine or Processing Facility  10
 Use Guide 
 Use Permit  11
 Variance  11
 Critical Area Alteration Exception  11
 Shoreline Permit or Exception  11
 Map Amendment  11
Land Division  Guide
 Preliminary Plat, Boundary Line Adjustment, Other  12
 Plat Construction and Final Approval  13
 Other Services Guide 
 Environmental Review  14
 Business License  15
 General Services and Supplies  16

New septic systems, or improvements to an existing septic system are reviewed and approved by the Public Health Department prior to the issuance of a permit. (Current Wastewater Program fees can be found here)

Fee waivers

In accordance with 27.02.020 (PDF*, 295KB) of the King County Code, fee waivers are granted at the discretion of the Department of Permitting Director and are limited to criteria summarized as follows:

  • if fees collected are for service not performed
  • if fees duplicate another fee or charge for a service for which a fee has already been collected
  • if fees are based on a professional error or unnecessary review by a Department of Permitting employee
  • if a customer has incurred additional expenses due to a process error by a Department of Permitting staff
  • if fees are assessed to replace, repair, abate or demolish a structure due to property damage caused by a natural disaster.

Procedures for filing a fee waiver request are detailed on the Fee Waiver / Adjustment Of Fees Authorization form. To request a fee waiver, complete and submit the form, available in PDF* or fill-in Word* format.

Quality service to our customers is very important to the Department of Permitting. If you are unable to find the fee information you are looking for, e-mail and we will respond to you quickly.