What We Do After You Apply

County Review of Your Application and Plan 

  • A county case manager is assigned to your application, and the internal county review process starts immediately. 
  • Three different county departments (and dozens of staff members in various divisions inside those depts.) review your packet to make sure it meets codes. 
  • You may be contacted by one of them asking for additional information. Some may need to schedule on-property reviews and inspections. 
  • Reviews are in office and on-property for zoning, environmental (critical areas, gophers, shorelines, wetland, hazard areas), septic, well, building, building site, right-of-way access (drawings driveway/s entering the road), erosion control, stormwater drainage, etc. 
  • It's common for most application packets to need some revisions, and additional information, so expect a call or email. If your project property is in a regulated environmental area, staff may ask you to hire environmental experts to prepare detailed reports about where you can build on the property.
  • Keep your packet moving through the process: give us accurate contact info & respond quickly if we ask for information (or make sure your contractors do). 
  • When county review is complete, the county will notify you. 
  • You can check the status of your application review anytime with Permit Tracker.