General Permit Assistance
Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Washington.  In Edmonds, stormwater does not receive treatment before it enters our waterways.

Polluted stormwater runoff creates numerous costs to the public and to wildlife. As the saying goes, “we all live downstream.”  Communities that use surface water for their drinking supply must pay much more to clean up polluted water than clean water.

Polluted runoff impacts the wildlife in creeks, lakes, and Puget Sound.  Dirt from erosion can cover up fish habitat and impact aquatic insect populations (fish food!).  Fertilizers can cause increased algae growth in surface waters, and when the algae die and decompose deprive fish of the oxygen they need to survive.  Even biodegradable soap can hurt fish gills and fish skin; and of course pesticides and herbicides can damage plants and animals that live in these water bodies.

The quantity of stormwater is also a problem.  When stormwater falls on hard surfaces like roads, roofs, driveways and parking lots, it can’t soak into the ground, so it runs off to lower areas, causing erosion and flooding.  Consider the difference between one inch of rain falling onto a meadow and one inch of rain falling on a parking lot.  The parking lot sheds 16 times the amount of water that a meadow does! 

Permitting Contacts

Development Services Department
121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

Phone: 425-771.0220
Fax: 425.771.0221

M, T, Th, F: 8am to 4:30pm
Wed 8:30am to Noon
The switchboard is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  425.771.0220


Building Division
Planning Division
Engineering Development Staff
Code Enforcement

Development Code Update

New Stormwater Code in effect.   
Click HERE for more info.

Building & Code News

2019 Development Fees

New development fees - available here - as of January 1, 2019.


Sign Code Updated

The City's sign code has recently been updated, modifying how downtown sidewalk signs are regulated as well as improving some other more general sign code provisions. A summary can be found here, along with an application form.


Building Codes Updated

The 2015 International Building Codes as adopted by the City of Edmonds take effect on July 1, 2016.


Carbon Monoxide detectors

Updated information on the State requirements for CO detectors are shown in the attached memo.