Commercial Permits

Effective August 31, the Development & Business Services (DBS) office is closed to the public.

IMPORTANT BUILDING CODE UPDATES

The 2018 Washington State Building Code will be effective February 1, 2021 and comprised of the following codes:

  • 2018 International Building Code (Includes adoption of and amendments to the 2018 International Existing Building Code and ICC/ANSI A117.1 2009, and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code)
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 Washington State Energy Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • 2020 NEC Electrical Code

 

The City of Lynnwood regulates the construction of many different types of buildings. Most structures require the applicant to submit a building permit application and site development plan.

Pre-development meetings are a valuable resource in the processing of your application, particularly if you are unfamiliar with City standards, required permits, or if your proposal is complex or needs multiple approvals.  Prospective applicants for building permits, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review, subdivision, or other land use action, permit or approval may find it useful to request a pre-development meeting. 

At a cost of $200, this meeting provides you with an opportunity to discuss your proposal with City staff prior to submitting a formal application.  Upon formal application, the fee of $200 will be credited towards your development review charges. 

In order to apply for a Pre-Development Meeting, you will need to:

  • Click the "Schedule Pre-Development Meeting Online" below
  • Create an account on the DBS portal
  • Fill out the online application and questionnaire
  • Submit at minimum a PDF site plan, which can be conceptual (does not have to be designed for formal plan review)
  • Provide any other important details- the more information you provide, the more accurate feedback you'll be able to receive!

Schedule Pre-Development Meeting Online

Any owner or owner's authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the City of Lynnwood and obtain the required permit.

Building Permit Application & Submittal Requirements

Commercial Building Permit applications may be accepted online via email. To submit, simply fill out the General Building Permit Application below and email it with an electronic set of plans and other submittal requirements (see Single-Family New Construction or Addition Submittal Checklist) to permits@lynnwoodwa.gov.

Due to Covid, all applications, plans, and submittals are being accepted online and requirements for paper copies are waived, however plan size must meet minimum size requirements (see Commercial New Construction Submittal Requirements).

A building permit is required for any Tenant Improvement where the tenant is changing the use, changing the character of the use, or is a first-time tenant. A separate plumbing and mechanical permit may also be required.

 

Tenant Improvement Building Permit applications may be accepted online via email. To submit, simply fill out the General Building Permit Application below and email it with an electronic set of plans and other submittal requirements (see Single-Family New Construction or Addition Submittal Checklist) to permits@lynnwoodwa.gov.

Due to Covid, all applications, plans, and submittals are being accepted online and requirements for paper copies are waived.

An electrical permit is required for most electrical work and ensures your installation conforms to safety codes and standards.  The City of Lynnwood issues Electrical Permits and conducts inspections for work done within Lynnwood City Limits.  Electrical Permits must be applied for by a licensed contractor.

NOTE:  The 2020 National Electric Code (NEC) takes effect within the City of Lynnwood on October 29, 2020.

This applies to the demotion of commercial buildings and does include interior demolitions.

Additional Application Forms:

Sewer Capping Permit Application(PDF, 614KB)
A Sewer Capping Permit and Inspection by Public Works is required prior to submittal of your Demolition Permit Application.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Demolition Application
Completed application must be included with your City of Lynnwood Demolition Permit Application.

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan(DOC, 146KB)

Environmental Review (SEPA) 

State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) review required unless the project is exempt from SEPA review.

Requires two sets of plans showing existing and proposed floor plan.  Minimum plan size: 11" x 17" *

Different sign regulations apply to specific zones, including City Center, Highway 99, and Alderwood-City Center Transition Area.  


Banner Signs

Lynnwood businesses may display temporary commercial banners.  Banner sign permits are issued over the counter at Development & Business Services and do not require plans.

A Plumbing permit is required for most Plumbing work and ensures your installation conforms to codes and standards.  The City of Lynnwood issues Plumbing Permits and conducts inspections for work done within Lynnwood City Limits.  Unless specifically exempted a permit is required for all Plumbing work.

*Please note that deferred submittal plan sets must be the same size as the original Tenant Improvement plans (typically 24" x 36").
Please call to verify required plan size with our staff (425) 670-5400.

A Mechanical permit is required for most Mechanical work and ensures your installation conforms to codes and standards.  The City of Lynnwood issues Mechanical Permits and conducts inspections for work done within Lynnwood City Limits.  Unless specifically exempted a permit is required for all Mechanical work.  

Mechanical permit applications require one-line drawings.  Minimum plan size is 11" x 17".  Some mechanical permit applications also require an electrical permit application. 

Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, and racking which are over 5 ft. 9 inches in height require a permit. 6 feet and over requires seismic attachments and 8 feet and over requires engineering with calculations.