Pre-Application Assistance

Critical Areas & Pre-Applications


See our Critical Area page for information, to request a critical area and archaeology review, and more.

Brief consultations (15 minutes or less) regarding projects that are underway or prospective land use developments can be obtained by using our Ask a Question/Request Assistance form to request a scheduled consultation. Scheduling the consultation ensures that knowledgeable staff are in the office to assist you.

In-depth consultations (more than 15 minutes) prior to the submittal of applications must be scheduled. There is a $450 base fee, or a $150 charge for site visits. You can also schedule a combination of a consultation and a site visit for a total of $600. Use the Pre-Application request form (DOC  PDF) to initiate scheduling a longer consultation and/or site visit.

Helpful links

Drawing examples

Converting a garage to living space

Prepare forms before you submit

 The following information and assistance is provided to help you with your permit application:  

  • The checklist that DCD staff uses to determine a complete building permit application is available for your reference.
  • Existing septic and water information is now available online.  Water and septic applications and fees go directly to the Health Department at PO Box 607, Friday Harbor, WA  98250.
  • Determine land use and shoreline designation information and parcel numbers for your property using Polaris Mapping software.  You will need to tailor "Map Contents" to add various layers of information.
  • There are Structures Exempt from Building Permits; however, they are not exempt from critical areas or archaeology requirements.  If you have any questions about whether your property is subject to critical areas or archaeology requirements, please confirm with our Ask A Question/Request Assistance form.

When you are ready to submit:

You may need to provide an estimated valuation of your project.  This includes materials and labor, such as electrical, gas, fixtures, cabinetry, mechanical and plumbing equipment, and permanent systems. The valuation does not include the land, septic, or water systems.

  For Building Permit Applications:  

  • ALL Building permits are submitted online via the SJC Permit Center.
  • Building permit fees are determined by valuation of the building. A portion of the total fee (known as the plan review fee)  is due at submittal.  The remainder of the fee is due upon issuance of the permit. 
  • When review is complete and the permit is ready to issue, the final building permit valuation will be set by the building official, to determine the remainder of the fees due for issuance, and you will be notified of fees and that your permit is ready to issue.  

For Land Use Applications:

  • Land Use projects use one master form, but there is a checklist of additional information required for each type of application. 
  • Fees for land use applications are due at the time of application.
For Stormwater (Public Works):