Community Development

Permit Center is OPEN, effective May 17, 2021 


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

December 15, 2021 - Planning Commission meeting - TELECONFERENCE

Staff Memo

1. Public Hearing: Preliminary adoption of revisions to the City’s “General Development Standards” (Chapter 17.70 BMC). Action may be taken on this item. 

2. Public Meeting: Discussion of proposed revisions to the City’s landscaping, parking, and sign regulations (Chapters 17.80, 17.85, and 17.95 BMC). Discussion only – no final action will be taken on this item. 

3. Public Meeting: Discussion of draft economic development report. Discussion only – no final action will be taken on this item. 

4. Comprehensive Plan Update – Public Meeting: Staff briefing on the status of the comprehensive plan update effort. Discussion only. 

5. Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update – Public Meeting: Staff briefing on status of SMP update. The Community Development Department has completed all of the required updates and revisions.  The Community Development Department and the Washington State Department of Ecology will jointly hold a public hearing at the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled January meeting to discuss the proposed updates and to accept public comments. Discussion only – no action will be taken on this item. 


November 17, 2021 Planning Commission meeting - CANCELED.

October 20, 2021 agenda - Planning Commission meeting - TELECONFERENCE 

  1. Preliminary adoption of amendments to the public Facilities and Transportation (PFT) and Parks and Conservation (PC) zones. The proposed amendments are intended to implement the adopted changes to the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission may take action to recommend preliminary approval of this item. 
    1. Planning Commission recommendation - Parks & Conservation zones
    2. Full mark-up of Parks & Conservation zone
    3. Abbreviated comments of Parks & Conservation zone
    4. Planning Commission recommendation - Public Facilities & Transportation zone
    5. Full mark-up of Public Facilities & Transportation zone
    6. Abbreviated comments of Public Facilities & Transportation zone
  2. Discussion of proposed addition of “General Development Standards” section to the zoning code. The General Development Standards section would replace the existing “Supplemental Development Standards” section, and would include regulations addressing fences, outdoor lighting, home occupations, general setback standards, and transition zones. This item is being presented for discussion only. No final action is anticipated.
  3. Community Development staff will provide the Planning Commission with a progress update on the comprehensive plan update project. Discussion only.