Permitting process

Click the tabs below to learn more about the steps of the permitting process.

  1. Step 1: Pre-submittal research
  2. Step 2: Apply for permits
  3. Step 3: City review for compliance
  4. Step 4: Permit approval & issuance
  5. Step 5: Construction & inspections

Pre-Submittal research

Always do your research prior to starting a project or submitting for a permit in order to have a successful project. The pre-submittal research step includes the following and is performed by you or your design team:

  1. Check that your project is located within City of Everett limits. Use MapEverett and use the Layer List to turn on the Everett City Limits layer under Boundaries.
  2. Verify that the project you want to do is allowable in the zone your property is in. 
  3. Utilize the City’s resources to search for permit history, obtain record drawings or as-builts, view mapping information, etc. 
  4. View Planning's requirements and webpage to see if your project needs to go through a Land Use process before being eligible to apply for construction permits.
  5. Browse the City’s permit applications, submittal checklists & handouts, fee schedules, and process to know what to expect, what you will need for a permit submittal, and what an appropriate timeline is to build into your project schedule before permits are issued and construction can begin. 

Still have questions?

Reach out to Everett Permit Services for assistance with understanding code interpretations or guidance on next steps. 

  • Email us at
  • Call us at 425-257-8810. Phone hours are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Plan reviewers are only available Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Permit Technicians are available Monday – Friday. Staff will return phone calls on their next on-duty day.