Community Development

Permit Center (building) is currently closed to the public. 

Release Date: November 2020

City Hall is now closed to the public. However, we are available remotely by email or phone. 

Please use the staff contact information listed below.


Permit submittal, pick up and payment information: 360-755-1371

Inspections may be limited and will be done on a case-by-case basis: 360-755-0077

Building and Floodplain Questions: 360-755-0077

Land Use Questions: 360-755-9717

Fire Marshal Questions and Inspections: 360-757-6684



This is the location of a number of key services offered by the City of Burlington including the following:

  • One-stop Permit Center for all land use, construction, and infrastructure permits
  • Public Information on zoning, subdivisions, environmental review, critical areas, and a variety of related topics ranging from new commercial and residential construction to neighborhood questions about fences, garages, and pets
  • Long range planning including updating Burlington’s Comprehensive Plans and Capital Improvement Plan
    • Special areas of emphasis include downtown planning and coordination with the Downtown Burlington Association and implementing the Community Connections Plan
  • Burlington’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, base flood elevation information, and coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System program for Burlington

Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Commission - April 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. TELECONFERENCE MEETING: 

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update – Preliminary adoption of changes to the City’s MUC-1 (B-1 Business) and MUC-2 (C-1 General Commercial) zoning regulations. The Planning Commission may take action on this item.  

  2. Comprehensive Plan Update – Preliminary adoption of changes to the City’s zoning code to allow recreational marijuana retail uses in the City’s commercial zones. The Planning Commission will evaluate a number of options for permitting retail recreational marijuana in the City’s MUC-2 (C-1 General Commercial) zone. The Planning Commission may take action on this item.

  3. Comprehensive Plan Update – General discussion of project and status.

  4.  Shoreline Master Program Update – Introduction to project and proposed schedule.

The materials being considered by the Planning Commission are part of the City’s ongoing comprehensive update. The City has determined that this meeting is both necessary and routine, and that the Planning Commission must continue to hold its regularly scheduled meetings in order to comply with the periodic update requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act. No final action will be taken at this meeting.



Staff Report

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Planning Commission Recommendation - MUC1 and MUC2 zoning districts

Planning Commission Recommendation - Option A - Marijuana Retail

Planning Commission Recommendation - Option B - Marijuana Retail