Development Services

The Development Services Department is responsible for land use information and approvals, building permit review and assistance; long-range city and regional planning; building inspection; coordination of development review processes, development standards, and enforcement of the community development code.


Our Mission Statement

The Development Services Department’s mission is to preserve and enhance our community’s environment and quality of life by:

  • Providing accurate, consistent, and timely permit processing
  • Improving and extending public infrastructure
  • Promoting building safety and managed land use
  • Implementing adopted City codes, policies, plans, and standards
  • Protecting the public’s health and safety
  • Providing excellent customer service


Department Organization

Administration   Director - Shane Hope
    Administrative Assistant - Denise Nelson
    Administrative Assistant - Jana Spellman
Building Division   Building Official - Leif Bjorback
    Senior Permit Coordinator - Kristin Johns
    Senior Permit Coordinator - Linda Thornquist
    Senior Building Inspector - Pat Lawler
    Plans Examiner - Chuck Miller
    Plans Examiner - Andrew Gahan, PE
Planning Division   Planning Manager - Rob Chave
    Administrative Assistant - Diane Cunningham
    Associate Planner - Mike Clugston
    Associate Planner - Sean Conrad
    Senior Planner - Kernen Lien
    Associate Planner - Jen Machuga
Code Enforcement   Code Enforcement Officer - Mike Thies

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
The switchboard is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  425.771.0220


Development Code Update

Edmonds Community Development Code update currently in progress.  Click here for more info.

Building News

Permit Counter hours change June 1

Development Services permit counter hours will be changing June 1, 2015. Read more here.


Solar permits now online!

Permitting for residential rooftop solar installations is now available online... find out more here.

Carbon Monoxide detectors

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

Residential fire sprinklers

Residential Sprinklers Required - Ordinance 3819.

Planning News

  • 2015 Comprehensive Plan Adopted

    Click here for information on the 2015 Comprehensive Plan update.

  • Shoreline Master Program Update

    Find out about the new Shoreline Master Program update, affecting planning and regulation city shorelines (including Edmonds Marsh and Lake Ballinger).

  • AWC Award

    The City of Edmonds won an Association of Washington Cities Municipal Excellence Award for its Sustaining Edmonds program.