Development Review: A Two-Step Process
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW - Two Step ProcessFLOW CHART
Olympia's Municipal Code sets forth a two-step process to review most private development proposals.
First Step - Preliminary Plat or Land Use ReviewThe first step is preliminary to issuance of construction permits and generally is only required for larger developments and those that may be of broad public interest. This first step usually taking the form of "preliminary plat" or "land use" review. It is sometimes preceded by a "pre-submission" meeting where prospective applicants learn more about the City's development standards and procedures. Public notice of these applications may include
- Posting of the site,
- Direct mail to neighboring property owners, neighborhood associations and public agencies,
- Notices published in The Olympian,
- Information published on this site, City's website.
- Proposals to subdivide a parcel of land into more ownerships;
- Proposals to construct improvements on a single ownership.
Second Step - Apply for Appropriate PermitsIf preliminary approval is granted or not required, an applicant may then seek appropriate permits to construct the proposed improvements. Requests for construction permits fall into two general categories,
- "Building permits" usually in the form of a request to construct or remodel a building, and
- "Engineering permits" for most other construction, such as utility lines, street improvements, and regrading of land.
Specific construction standards are set forth in adopted building codes, the City's Engineering Design and Development Standards and similar documents. During this stage, proposed new buildings, additions, and major exterior remodels are often subject to "detailed" design (architectural) review as described in Chapter 18.100 of the development code. Olympia's permits and inspections staff conducts plan review and site inspections, and manages other processes associated with these construction permits.