Community Development

Permit Center is now OPEN to the public at City Hall. 

Release Date: September 8, 2020

City Hall is now open to the public. Everyone entering the building must wear a face covering. If you are sick with a cough, fever or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the building.

If you prefer to do business remotely, staff contact information is listed below.


Permit submittal, pick up and payment information: 360-755-1371

Inspections may be limited and will be done on a case-by-case basis: 360-755-0077

Building and Floodplain Questions: 360-755-0077

Land Use Questions: 360-755-9717

Fire Marshal Questions and Inspections: 360-757-6684



This is the location of a number of key services offered by the City of Burlington including the following:

  • One-stop Permit Center for all land use, construction, and infrastructure permits
  • Public Information on zoning, subdivisions, environmental review, critical areas, and a variety of related topics ranging from new commercial and residential construction to neighborhood questions about fences, garages, and pets
  • Long range planning including updating Burlington’s Comprehensive Plans and Capital Improvement Plan
    • Special areas of emphasis include downtown planning and coordination with the Downtown Burlington Association and implementing the Community Connections Plan
  • Burlington’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, base flood elevation information, and coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System program for Burlington

Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Commission - November 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. TELECONFERENCE MEETING: A public meeting to review materials related to the Transportation Element and preliminary changes to the Burlington Municipal Code Chapters 17.15 (R1 zones) and Chapter 17.20 (R2 zones). The materials being considered by the Planning Commission are part of the City’s ongoing comprehensive update. The City has determined that this meeting is both necessary and routine, and that the Planning Commission must continue to hold its regularly scheduled meetings in order to comply with the periodic update requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act. No final action will be taken at this meeting.

The Burlington Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on November 18, 2020 to: 

1) Continue discussion of draft Transportation Element. Action may be taken on a preliminary recommendation at this meeting. 

2) Discussion of preliminary changes to the Burlington Municipal Code Chapters 17.15 (R1 zones) and Chapter 17.20 (R2 zones). This item is being presented for discussion only. No action will be taken at this meeting.

The Planning Commission meeting will take place at 5:30 P.M on November 18, 2020 and will be held remotely using phone/video conference technology. Members of the public who wish to listen to the Planning Commission meeting may do so using the following phone number 1-(774) 777-4255 and access code: 661-8325

Public comments will be accepted but must be submitted by mail or email prior to the meeting. Additional information on submitting comments can be found on the Community Development website.