Land Use and Planning
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Community Planning and Development has modified its operations. For more information and updates, please visit the COVID-19 website.
City Hall and the Permit Center are closed to the public and Community Planning and Development staff are now telecommuting. There is no “walk in” permit service. We encourage permit customers to contact staff directly via their office number - phone lines are set up to forward calls to staff. In-person Over-the-Counter Permit services have been suspended; for more information about Over-the-Counter Permit Services click here. Please contact us by phone or email for general customer support at 206-275-7626 or email@example.com.
The Community Planning & Development department is made up of the planning and building departments. While we work together, we serve different functions. The planning staff reviews projects for zoning conformance and environmental impact. The building staff reviews projects for structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical compliance.
The Planning Team
The Planning Team processes all land use and design applications consistent with adopted planning and development regulations. Seventy percent of the team's work is the analysis and issuance of zoning decisions, short plats, shoreline permits, variances, deviations and major design reviews within the guidelines of the Unified Land Development Code. The team also plays an integral role in the coordination of pre-application meetings with the Customer Service Team. To learn more about what we do, see our different pages that are listed below.
Click here for information about electronically submitting Land Use applications.
If you're just getting started, we recommend viewing our "Important Tips for Success" page for basic information and advice.
General Planning Hotline: 206.275.7729. If planners are away from the phone helping other customers, please leave a message as we usually return calls on the same business day.
Hearing Examiner- Public Hearings
Chapter 19.15 of the Mercer Island City Code (MICC) requires that City staff conduct a public hearing before a Hearing Examiner for certain types of land use decisions, as well as for appeals of various land use decisions. The City currently has a contract with John Galt, an independent hearing examiner, to provide services for public hearings. Mr. Galt will conduct the public hearings using the City of Mercer Island Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure dated December 2, 2019. A copy of these rules are available here.