Application Process

Natural Resource Assessment
It is important to understand the natural resource requirements of your property at the earliest possible stage of the building process. Our Natural Resource Assessment Process aims to provide that information with as much detail and accuracy so that future building permits may be issued as quickly as possible.

Special Overlay District

Special overlay district regulations may apply to administrative approvals, building permits, clearing permits, and discretionary permits. The real determination of whether the special districts apply is whether the location is in one of the regulated watersheds.

Bring your 16-digit tax identification number (parcel number) to the Planning and Development Services permit counter and a Watersheds Planner will help you find out.

Permit Review

Your permit will be routed to the watersheds review team in order to assess which regulations apply, among others these may include:
  • Limits on impervious surfaces
  • Seasonal clearing restrictions
  • Stormwater controls for water quality and quantity
  • Installation of erosion and sediment controls (ESC) prior to land clearing activities, unless land clearing is necessary for installation of ESC
    • An inspection of installed ESCs is required at the start of the project
Due to the administrative complexity of these regulations, it is usually best to visit with a Watersheds Planner to have any additional questions answered.