Planning & Development Services

The Planning & Development Services Department (PDS) is responsible for managing land use policy planning and land use regulations and for ensuring that land development in Snohomish complies with the policies, regulations, and standards established by the City Council.

PDS Mission

Our mission is to improve and enhance our community using open and transparent processes.  Our core values are equity, transparency, integrity, collaboration, and honesty.

Department Divisions

PDS is comprised of Planning, Building, Permitting, Code Enforcement, and GIS divisions. The following primary services are included in their responsibilities.

  • Permitting: Staff manages the intake, review, tracking, and issuance of development permits for land use, construction, and engineering permits, and provides customer assistance at the public information counter.
  • Land Development and Construction Services: Staff reviews land use and development permits for compliance with environmental, land use, and building regulations.
  • Building Inspection: Staff conducts site visits to ensure compliance with City regulations, standards, and conditions of approval as development projects progress to completion.
  • Long-Range Planning: Staff maintains land use policy documents, Comprehensive Plan, and development regulations, and conducts special projects at the direction of the City Council.
  • Code Enforcement: Staff conducts investigations and takes legal steps to achieve compliance with adopted land use and development codes.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping: Staff maintains the City's geodatabases, creates and maintains maps.

PDS serves as staff to the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Parks Board, and Hearing Examiner.

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