Community Development

Mission Statement:

To guide growth and change consistent with the community vision in the Comprehensive Plan.

To improve our quality of life by promoting the health, safety and welfare of the community, protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment.

To serve all members of our community in a responsive, consistent, and courteous manner.

The Department of Community Development (DCD) develops, administers and enforces the city’s standards for land use, design, construction and housing within the Sammamish city limits, provides a hearing examiner system for the review of major development applications and administrative appeals.

DCD is also responsible for long-range planning, including Sammamish’s Comprehensive Plan and related projects-transportation improvements, downtown and waterfront planning, and more.

Department activities include:

  • Long-range comprehensive planning
  • Land use policy advice to the City Council
  • Current planning and land use permits
  • Annexations and annexation policy development
  • Building permits and inspections
  • Electrical permits and inspections
  • Environmental review
  • Planning publications (assistance brochures)

Permit Center

The Permit Center guides the permit process, which varies depending on the size, complexity of a project, and zoning of the property.

Permit Types

Permit Process

Permit FAQ


Planning Division

The Planning division plays a central role in guiding Sammamish’s long term development.


Building Division

The Building division serves to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by the interpretation and enforcement of federal, state, and local codes.