Planning Permit Applications & Information

For questions regarding Community Development forms, please contact Community Development at 360-825-3593.


Developing your property can potentially be a complicated process. In order to help property owners and potential developers understand all the rules, regulations and costs, the city may require a pre-application meeting prior to submittal of any development application. To find out more about this service, click on the links below.

Required Forms & Informational Sheets

Residential Setback Requirements

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Accessory Dwelling Units are habitable living units added to, created within, or detached from a single-family dwelling. These units contain facilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. Accessory Dwelling Units are commonly called "mother-in-law" apartments or "ADU's."

The city allows ADU's in its residential zones as long as they meet the criteria of Enumclaw Municipal Code Chapter 19.34 (Accessory Dwelling Units). Please refer to the city's ADU criteria and permitting requirements when planning your project.

Forms & Informational Sheets
Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment
Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment Application is a request to change the text language of the Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan. This action requires special consideration because of its possible impact on other regulations and ordinances, the environment, and the growth and development of the City. The purpose of the text amendment process is to allow the public to request changes to the Comprehensive Plan and the established pattern of development resulting from the plan, while ensuring compatibility between the Comprehensive Plan goals and policies and other regulations.
Comprehensive Plan Map / Zoning Map Amendments
Every property in the city has both a Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Land Use designation. These separate designations are visually represented on maps that serve to direct the character of development throughout the city and help support the community’s larger development objectives. The Comprehensive Plan Land Use and Zoning designations work in concert to provide clear direction as to how property may be developed and to direct land uses to the most appropriate areas within the city.
Conditional Use Permit
The city is divided into zoning districts. Each zone has a list of permitted uses (allowed outright) and a list of conditional uses (allowed only with special approval by the Hearing Examiner). A Conditional Use Permit allows for a listed conditional use to occur on a specific property. For example, in the Residential-2 zone, single family dwellings are permitted outright, but duplexes are allowed only by conditional use permit.
SEPA Review
Purpose of Checklist
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Chapter 43.21C RCW, requires all governmental agencies to consider the environmental impacts of a proposal before making a determination on whether there is no environmental impact (determination of non-significance) or whether things should be required to mitigate environmental impacts (mitigated determination of non-significance).

An environmental impact statement (EIS) must be prepared for all proposals with probable significant adverse impacts on the quality of the environment. The purpose of this checklist is to provide information to help you and the agency identify impacts from your proposal (and to reduce or avoid impacts from the proposal, if it can be done) and to help the agency decide whether an EIS is required. The SEPA checklist is regulated by the state Department of Ecology and is a method by which to examine at all environmental effects including soil, air, wildlife as well as noise concerns.
Tree Care & Landscaping
Except for routine care, maintenance, or stump removal, no person may plant, remove or otherwise disturb any tree or shrub located within or overhanging any public right-of-way within the city without filing an application with the municipal arborist.