David Bugher (253) 983-7739 • Fax (253) 512-2268 • DBugher@cityoflakewood.us
Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director


NOTICE:  The hours that the permit counter is open will be changing.  Beginning January 3, 2017 the permit counter will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The last customer will be accepted at 4:15 p.m.

Courtney Brunell, Planning Manager

(253) 983-7839

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Working to enhance the community's quality of life, promote the development of economic vitality and diversity, mitigate the sometimes adverse impacts of development, and promote cost-effective delivery of public services, current planning is primarily responsible for reviewing land development applications within Lakewood. These can vary from everyday projects such as single-family development, short plats, and tenant improvements to more complex projects such as subdivisions, conditional use permits, and master plans for “campus” type facilities.

Current Planning processes and reviews land development applications in conformance with the City's Zoning Ordinance (Title 18A of the Lakewood Municipal Code ),comprehensive plan and other city, state, and federal regulations. 

Services provided include:

  • Processing and reviewing land-use permits such as subdivisions, short plats, conditional and administrative use permits, tenant improvements, etc.  Staff ensures compliance with the conditions of discretionary permits and environmental review, which is sometimes involved.
  • Review of  business licenses for conformance with the City's land use and development regulations.
  • Environmental review, shoreline permits, and tree removal permits on private property.
  • Conduct pre-submittal meeting and consultations with applicants.
  • Review of all building plans for conformance with the City's land use and development regulations.
  • Respond to citizen and applicant inquiries at the Development Services Center.

The current planning section can help you with questions about specific development projects and applications as well as general planning and zoning information. We strongly recommend that you consult with planning staff prior to embarking on any development project; changing the use of any property; or altering the condition of any land through clearing or grading, tree removal, or any other action. Call or stop by the second floor of City Hall to talk to the planner on duty, who can advise you about the basics and any regulations that might apply to your project.

Additionally, formal preapplication conferences are available to more thoroughly assess a given proposal’s development considerations and gain input from staff in other divisions and departments, as well as outside reviewers such as utilities and the Fire District. This consultation is intended to help you avoid what can turn out to be costly mistakes or miscommunication with contractors or others working on your behalf. If you go on to apply for your project in a timely manner, a portion of the preapplication conference fee is applied to the cost of your permit(s).

Once you know what type of permit(s) you need, you can download the appropriate application materials for Planning , Building or Business Licensing .  Most applications contain fillable forms that can be filled in on-line.  Once completed you will need to bring your application and all necessary supporting materials to the Development Services Center located on the second floor of City Hall where it will be processed and the application fee paid.  NOTE: In order to use fillable forms the form must be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If the selected application does not open as a fillable form, click on the download icon in the upper right corner to open in Adobe Reader. Fees vary by the type of permit and are listed on the top of each application form.  Additional fee information can be found in the City's 2017 Master Fee Schedule

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