Development Moratorium FAQs

Last updated Oct. 5, 2017, 9:26 a.m. (Please note: to be a timely resource for the community, this page will be updated as we gather more information about the ordinance and receive questions.)

I still see building and development throughout the city! Why?

  • The City of Sammamish has approximately two-years’ worth of current and approved building permits in the pipeline. It will take some time for those projects to slow and for citizens to notice the moratorium’s effect.

What development will be allowed under the moratorium?

  • Projects already under construction
  • Projects with permit applications already filed with the city
  • Affordable-housing projects (100-percent affordable threshold)
  • Publicly funded projects such as schools

What development will NOT be permitted under the moratorium?

  • Any building or development project that does not currently have a permit application on file with the city and does not fall into one of the expressly exempted categories above (affordable housing, public projects).   If you have specific questions, contact the city’s Permit Center, (425) 295-0531.

How does the moratorium affect remodels?

  • The ordinance allows for additions and alterations to existing structures, with the caveat that such additions/alterations do not result in new units for existing multi-family or commercial structures. Permits will also be allowed for structures that replace pre-existing structures destroyed by fires or other unintentional disasters.

Does the moratorium affect tree-removal permitting?

  • Yes. During the moratorium, the city will not grant permits for removal of any significant tree (a coniferous tree with a diameter of 8 inches or more or a deciduous tree with a diameter of 12 inches or more). Removal of hazardous trees is still allowed. If you have specific questions, contact the city’s Permit Center, (425) 295-0531.

When will the moratorium end?

  • Because the moratorium was implemented via an emergency ordinance, it will end in six months unless the City Council chooses to review and renew it at that time. Councilmembers intend to complete their work developing a revised traffic-concurrency policy and traffic-modeling program before ending the moratorium. There is no specific end date for that work, although councilmembers expect to select a preferred model and begin looking at implementation implications by January 2018.

What is a traffic-concurrency model?

How can I be involved in the traffic planning?

  • The City Council will discuss traffic concurrency at every meeting until a revised policy and model is implemented. Citizens are welcomed and invited to attend (the Council’s full calendar is available at  You can also contact the Council directly at

Whom can I contact for more information?


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