Development Services

Beginning Friday, September 3, 2021, City Buildings are closed to the public. This is due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in our area. As of now, there is no specific date that buildings will reopen as it will be dependent on the COVID-19 numbers in our area. FIND OUT ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL SERVICES HERE.

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


121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

Phone: 425-771-0220
Fax: 425-771-0221

Normal Hours:
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

Department Organization

Administration Acting Director - Rob Chave
Administrative Assistant - Debbie Rothfus
Administrative Assistant - Jana Spellman
Building Building Official - Leif Bjorback
Senior Permit Coordinator - Kristin Johns
Permit Coordinator - Denise Nelson
Permit Coordinator - Christina Wayland
Combination Bldg Inspector - Milton Thompson
Combination Bldg Inspector - Eric Carter
Plans Examiner - Kevin Bloomfield
Plans Examiner - Donovan Akau
Planning Planning Manager - Rob Chave
Administrative Assistant - Michelle Martin
Environmental Programs Manager - Kernen Lien
Senior Planner - Mike Clugston
   Senior Planner -  Eric Engmann
Associate Planner - Brad Shipley
Planner - Michele Szafran
Planner - Amber Groll
Code Enforcement Code Enforcement Officer - Dan Gooding