Community Development

Permit Center Temporarily Closed at City Hall 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimize infections, the Community Development/Permit Center has been closed to walk in customers until further notice. This is a proactive measure to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our customers, community members, and employees.

During this challenging time we remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service. However, we are currently working remotely with limited staff. We will normally try and respond to questions within 24 hours but we ask that you be patient as we adjust to the current situation.


Permit submittal, pick up and payment information:

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

Building and Floodplain Questions: 

Land Use Questions: 

Fire Marshal Questions and Inspections: 



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 - June 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. TELECONFERENCE MEETING: A public meeting to review materials related to the Transportation Element and Parks Element of the comprehensive plan. 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 Planning Commission meeting will take place at 5:30 P.M on June 17, 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. The Community Development website can be accessed at: 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.