Planning Permit Applications & Information
For questions regarding Community Development forms, please contact Community Development at email@example.com, or by telephone: 360-825-3593.
Developing your property can potentially be a complicated process. In order to help property owners and potential developers understand requirements, code information, and costs, the City may require a pre-application meeting prior to submittal of any development application. Need more information? Click link below.
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Accessory Dwelling Units are habitable living units added to, created within, or detached from a single-family dwelling. These units contain facilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. Accessory Dwelling Units are commonly called "mother-in-law" apartments or "ADU's."
The city allows ADU's in its residential zones as long as they meet the criteria of Enumclaw Municipal Code Chapter 19.34 (Accessory Dwelling Units). Please refer to the city's ADU criteria and permitting requirements when planning your project.
Forms & Informational Sheets
A Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment Application is a request to change the text language of the Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan. This action requires special consideration because of its possible impact on other regulations and ordinances, the environment, and the growth and development of the City. The purpose of the text amendment process is to allow the public to request changes to the Comprehensive Plan and the established pattern of development resulting from the plan, while ensuring compatibility between the Comprehensive Plan goals and policies and other regulations.
Every property in the city has both a Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Land Use designation. These separate designations are visually represented on maps that serve to direct the character of development throughout the city and help support the community’s larger development objectives. The Comprehensive Plan Land Use and Zoning designations work in concert to provide clear direction as to how property may be developed and to direct land uses to the most appropriate areas within the city.
The city is divided into zoning districts. Each zone has a list of permitted uses (allowed outright) and a list of conditional uses (allowed only with special approval by the Hearing Examiner). A Conditional Use Permit allows for a listed conditional use to occur on a specific property. For example, in the Residential-2 zone, single family dwellings are permitted outright, but duplexes are allowed only by conditional use permit.
Environmental (SEPA) Review
Purpose of Checklist
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Chapter 43.21C RCW, requires all governmental agencies to consider the environmental impacts of a proposal before making a determination on whether there is no environmental impact (determination of non-significance) or whether things should be required to mitigate environmental impacts (mitigated determination of non-significance).
An environmental impact statement (EIS) must be prepared for all proposals with probable significant adverse impacts. The purpose of this checklist is to provide information to help you and the agency identify impacts from your proposal (and to reduce or avoid impacts from the proposal, if it can be done) and to help the agency decide whether an EIS is required. The SEPA checklist is regulated by the state Department of Ecology and is a method by which to examine at all environmental effects including soil, air, wildlife as well as noise concerns.
Tree Care & Landscaping
Except for routine care, maintenance, or stump removal, no person may plant, remove or otherwise disturb any tree or shrub located within or overhanging any public right-of-way within the city without filing an application for a no-fee tree permit from the City of Enumclaw.
- Street Tree Permit Application
- Tree Care Tips & Techniques - arborday.org
- Economics of Urban Forestry in the United States
- Tree City USA bulletin - Nov-Dec 2021
4Culture’s Preservation Special Projects grants support activities that help preserve our historic buildings and spaces in King County including neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning projects, hiring experts, advocacy efforts, and more. 4Culture is also interested in projects that employs technology to reach audiences new to historic preservation.
Landmarks Capital grants support brick-and-mortar projects to rehabilitate buildings and sites that are designated historic landmarks.
Contact Dana Phelan (firstname.lastname@example.org / 206-263-1604) to learn more about these grants, or with other questions about resources and incentives for historic preservation.
More information can be found at the King County Historic Preservation Program Page.
What Are Latecomer Agreements?
Latecomer agreements, also referred to as recovery contracts, reimbursement agreements, or assessment reimbursement contracts, allow a property owner who has installed street or utility improvements to recover a portion of the costs of those improvements from other property owners who later develop property in the vicinity and use the improvements.
What Latecomer Agreements Are Not
Latecomer agreement charges are not to be confused with local improvement district (LID) assessments. While the computation of charges to be recovered under a latecomer agreement can be very similar to that of an LID assessment, the procedures are very different. And, under an LID, the money goes to the municipality for the purposes of paying off the LID bonds rather than to the property owner. In addition, LID assessments apply to all properties within the reimbursement area, whether or not the property is developed. Latecomer assessments, however, are triggered only if a property owner submits an application for a development that would have required similar improvements.
Latecomer agreement charges are also not to be confused with connection fees, also known as facilities charges or system development charges, for utilities under chapter 35.92 RCW (cities and towns) and RCW 57.08.081 (water-sewer districts). These fees or charges are a property owner's equitable share of the cost of the entire utility system and not just for improvements that serve his/her property.