Planning & Zoning

We've improved our land use application review process!

Applicants will now receive preliminary comments within 30 days of a complete land use application. That's 25 days sooner than the previous process. Learn more about the land use application process.

Washington State Department of Ecology- Updated Wetland Rating System- Effective January 1, 2015

As of January 1, 2015 the Department of Ecology has updated its Wetland Rating System. The City of Olympia is requiring use of this updated rating system.

Interim Regulations


The Planning Division helps the community realize its vision of Olympia through comprehensive planning and development regulation.

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Land Use Reviews and Zoning

The Current Planning section ensures that land use conforms to the City's land use regulations. Land use review is part of the development review process. Professional Urban Planners review applications for land use changes including:

  • Boundary Line Adjustments
  • Commercial and Multi-family Site Plans
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Short Plats
  • Subdivisions
  • Variances

Special Projects

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Long-Range Planning

The Long-Range Planning section helps shape the future of land use in the City. Urban Planners in this section prepare amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan, support the City's compliance with state and federal regulations, and provide professional assistance to the Planning Commission.