Development & Business Services

City Center Senior Apartments Under Construction

The Development and Business Services Department is responsible for Lynnwood's long-range planning, development review and approvals, environmental reviews, permitting of land use and building projects, business licenses, code enforcement, City Center and light rail coordination, tourism promotion and assisting in the orderly growth and development of the City. 

new online permit portal

Lynnwood Development & Business Services has launched our new Online Permit Portal. All aspects of the permit process can now be completed and tracked online. Visit the online portal to apply, track, and view the status of your permit applications and inspections. If you need assistance setting up your account or applying online contact the Permit Center at (425) 670-5400 or by email at If you applied for a permit prior to January 10, 2024, please continue to use the previous portal here.


Current Planning

Current planning reviews land use applications and related development permits for compliance with zoning codes and state environmental requirements. Proposals and reviewed for compliance with the City's codes and design guidelines.  

Long Range and Comprehensive Planning

The Comprehensive Plan is the long-term vision for Lynnwood created by residents, stakeholders and decision makers and includes goals, objects and polices to guide decision making.  

Sub-Area Plans

Sub-Area Plans are details plans prepared for a smaller geographic area within a community. Learn more about Lynnwood's sub-area plans. 

Permits & plan review

Development & Business Services is responsible for reviewing building plans and issuing permits to ensure the project is safe and meets all building codes.

Start Your Permit Application Here

Code Enforcement

Community Development is responsible for enforcing City codes designed to keep your property and neighborhood safe. We respond to investigate code violations and educate property about requirements.

Doing Business in Lynnwood 

With its superior accessibility, extensive selection of attributes, and entrepreneurial spirit, Lynnwood is a diverse, people-focused community emerging as a leading marketplace of business, and the perfect place to call home.

city center 

Includes facilitating private development and infrastructure improvements Lynnwood's City Center. 


Sound's Transit's Lynnwood Link light rail will be open for service at the Lynnwood Transit Center and future City Center Light Rail Station 2024.

Plans and Reports
program management

The City of Lynnwood has an active tourism development program designed to attract overnight visitors.  With over 1,400 hotel rooms, convenient access to Seattle, and excellent shopping and dining options, Lynnwood is a popular destination for leisure and business travelers.

annual reports

2023 Annual Report(PDF, 2MB)
2022 Annual Report(PDF, 2MB)
2021 Annual Report(PDF, 1MB)



David Kleitsch
Development & Business Services Director

Permits and Inspections:


Robert Mathias
Deputy Director / Building Official

Shawna Tatum
Permit Supervisor

Paul Kang
Building Services Manager

Charlie Palmer
Development Engineering Services Manager

Code Enforcement

Community Planning:

Community Planning

Karl Almgren
Community Planning Manager

Economic Development:

Economic Development

Ben Wolters
Economic Development Manager


Development & Business Services Manager

Business Licensing