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Enhanced inspection program offers improved efficiency


DDES seeks permit customers to pilot its new Enhanced Inspection Program for land use site inspections, which offers improved communication and more immediate access to DDES inspectors.


DDES seeks permit customers to pilot new site inspection program designed for improved efficiency on construction sites

King County's Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) has designed a new Enhanced Inspection Program, which offers Land Use Inspection customers improved communication and more immediate access to DDES inspectors. To participate in this program, permit applicants must comply with specific standards on the construction site. The intent of the program is to translate on-site service improvements into faster project completions. DDES seeks permit applicants in unincorporated King County to pilot this new program.

DDES developed this program in collaboration with the Master Builders Association (external link) of King and Snohomish Counties and the King County Departments of Transportation (KCDOT) and Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP). The program hinges on a close partnership between the applicant and DDES. A DDES inspector is present on site more of the time, and works closely with other technical experts that the applicant is required to hire. The goal of the program is for DDES to function as a technical partner with the applicant. Intended outcomes include ensuring that infrastructure is installed and constructed properly the first time; as well as eliminating the costs and time delays associated with corrections as ordered through the inspection process.

DDES Director Stephanie Warden said, "Clear communication and accessibility are the cornerstones of quality customer service. We are pleased to emphasize these qualities in our development inspections phase and welcome participation from permit applicants. We want to plan systems and processes that deliver the best service levels possible."

Master Builders Association Executive Officer Sam Anderson said, "The Enhanced Inspection Program was developed through a partnership between industry professionals and DDES. I am pleased that the public and private sectors have cooperated to develop a program which meets many of our mutual goals and offers permit applicants improved efficiency."

How to Apply: Permit applicants who are interested in the Land Use Inspections' Enhanced Inspection Program for their project should review the eligibility requirements on the DDES Web site carefully (see An application can then be submitted to:

Steve Townsend, PE
Supervisor, Land Use Inspection Section
King County Department of Development and Environmental Services
900 Oakesdale Avenue SW
Renton, WA 98057-5212.

For questions or more information about the DDES Land Use Inspections' Enhanced Inspection Program, contact Steve Townsend at or 206-296-7204; or Paula Adams at or 206-296-6682.