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Online Development & Business Services Frequently Asked Questions

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Development & Business Services
4114 198th Street SW
Suite 7
Lynnwood, WA  98036

Main Office: (425) 670-5400

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Online Inspection Requests

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 Noon

Over the Counter Plan Review
Every Tuesday from 9 - 11 am
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Where do I start?

Where do I go to access the Online Development & Business Services Portal?

How do I register for an account?

What is the best way to search for information in the portal?

How do I request an inspection online?

Can I request a weekend inspection?

What if I don't have an email address?

What other services are available online?


Where do I start?

If you are new to the online Development & Business Services (DBS) Portal, go to the portal and take a look around at http://dbs.lynnwoodwa.gov !

You can view our video tutorials at http://dbs-training.lynnwoodwa.gov/

By creating a user account, you are able to view all available permits, requests inspections, view inspection results and much more in the near future!

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Where do I go to access the Online Development & Business Services Portal?

You may access the online portal by going to http://dbs.lynnwoodwa.gov .

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How do I register for an account?

Please watch our video tutorial for How to Register online!

When you register for an account, it is best to use a shared company email address so your company may have multiple users accessing the same information online in regard to permits. If your company has an email account attached to a permit within our system, permits will automatically link to your account! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.

Anyone can register for an account and view information online. Only users that are listed as a direct contact to a permit will be able to access certain levels of data online.

 When you first register for your account, the system will send you an email which will require you to click the link labeled "confirm" in order to complete your registration, so please make sure your email account is open and available at time of registration!

What is a Street Number vs Street Name on the registration?

The "Street Number" refers to the building number (IE: 1234 ABC Street SE, the Street Number is "1234").
The "Street Name" would be the remainder of the street address (IE: ABC Street SE)

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What is the best way to search for information in the portal?

Generally speaking, the easiest way to view information regarding permits or inspections is by looking up the permit number. This number will be given to you at the time of your submittal and referenced at the time of inspection. By looking up the permit number, you are able to view the permit information, including the permit status, inspection status and inspection history. You will also be able to view comments and corrections made by the inspector on your inspection record.

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How do I request an inspection through the portal?

We've created a quick video tutorial showing you How to Request an Inspection Online!

First step is to make sure you have a registered user account.

Next, search for the permit you wish to request an inspection for.

Once you've located the permit and opened it up to view the details, navigate to the "Inspections" tab.

Select the desired inspection you wish to request and click "Submit".

Pick the date you wish to request and leave a comment for the inspector with a contact name and phone number, gate code, requested time if desired, and/or any other important information that the inspector should know prior to going on site.

 For FIRE INSPECTIONS, please indicate what time you are requesting so the Fire Marshal's Office can confirm with your contact listed in the comments!

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Can I request a weekend or overtime inspection online?

You may request a weekend inspection, HOWEVER you  MUST fill out an Overtime Inspection Request Form and pay for your inspection in advance. An inspector will not be able to honor your request until your payment has been confirmed.

Weekend requests must be requested online and an Overtime Inspection Request Form sent to the permitting staff at dbs@lynnwoodwa.gov no later than end of day Wednesday, the weekend prior to your request. Please coordinate with your team and inspectors to make sure the time and date you are requesting is available prior to sending staff on site.

Overtime Inspections (inspections performed outside of regular business hours) are recommended to be requested no later than two days in advance. Payment for overtime inspections is required prior to the OT inspection and can be made over the phone by calling (425) 670-5400 Monday thru Friday between 8 am and 3 pm.

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What if I don't have an email address?

If you do not have an email address, you will have to contact the main office for assistance (425)670-5400. It is HIGHLY recommended you set up an account so you may have access to all of the benefits of online inspection requests and future permitting. To accomplish this, try using a work email address or setup a quick, free email address with any email provider. 

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What other online services are available with the Online DBS Portal?

As of right now, online inspections requests are the only service available. We are working diligently to provide more services to our customers and anticipate the following services to become available:

Mid 2018 - Online Permitting for OTC Permits (ones with no plan review required)
Late 2018- Online Plan Submittals for Land Use
Early 2019- Online Plan Submittals and Permitting
TBD 2019- Business Licensing

Please take a moment to view our Introduction to Online Development & Business Services Portal!

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