Residential Property Development Process -

The Residential Property Development Process is accomplished in three (3) steps.

Step 1: Pre-Development Review Application - the proposal stage.
    • The proposal step allows the applicant an opportunity to explain the project and illustrate using a site plan.  
    • Similarly, it gives the County an opportunity to review the proposal to determine feasibility and the necessary requirements in order to achieve the proposed project and communicate those requirements to the applicant. 
    • Each of the below reviews are completed regardless of the proposal and may result in Step 2 requirements. 
      • Site Plan Review
      • Departmental Reviews -
        1. Planning Division - Critical Areas and Setbacks Review 
        2. Environmental Health - On-Site Sewage Review
        3. Environmental Health - Drinking Water Review 
        4. Fire Marshal - Fire Equipment Access Review 
        5. Public Works - Road Access Review
        6. Other Outside Agencies as applicable
    • A letter is sent to the applicant outlining Step 2 with instructions on how to proceed (bulleted checklist).
      • This letter transitions the applicant to Step 2 of the Property Development Process.
      • Each Pre-Development Review letter is customized according to the proposed project. 
    • Electronic submittals cannot be accepted.
Step 2: Development Review - establish the infrastructure.
    • This step allows for the necessary requirements determined in Step 1 to be submitted for review. 
      • Possible submittal requirements by department -
        1. Planning Division  
        2. Environmental Health 
        3. Fire Marshal  
        4. Public Works 
        5. Other Outside Agencies
    • These submittal requirements may not be the same for every project. 
    • Once all requirements have been submitted and approved, a Property Development Approval letter (i.e. "golden ticket") is sent to the applicant outlining the required documentation to be submitted for Step 3.
      • Each "golden ticket" checklist is customized according to the proposed project.
    • Electronic submittals cannot be accepted.
Step 3: Building Permit Application Review - application for building permit.
    • The "golden ticket" will outline the documentation required to be submitted for this step.
      • These submittals will not be accepted if a "golden ticket" has not been sent or,
      • If the application is incomplete in anyway including incorrect payment amount or non-payment.
    • After Building Division review for code compliancy, a Permit Coordinator will notify the applicant that the permit is ready for issuance as well as if there are balances owing.
    • All balances are due before the permit may be issued.
    • Residential Plans Submittal Checklist
    • Electronic submittals cannot be accepted.

**Each step must be complete prior to proceeding to the next step!**


Please contact a Permit Coordinator with any questions related to this process.

Grays Harbor County
Planning & Building Division
100 West Broadway Ste 31, Montesano, WA 98563
(P) 360-249-4222
(E) pbd@co.grays-harbor.wa.us
(F) 360-249-3203

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