Approach Permits

1.What is an approach permit?

An approach permit is a permit that allows a property owner to construct an approach from their property onto a County road.

2.Who asks for an approach permit?

A property owner who is developing his/her property or their Contractor may ask for an approach permit.

3.What is the process?

The process is as follows:

  1. Before a property owner installs an approach, they are required by RCW 36.75.130-150 to apply for an approach permit. The approach application is filled out and returned to the Public Works office.
  2. The property owner is also asked to flag the approach location at the point where it connects to the County Road so that no errors are made during inspection.
  3. After the approach permit application has been submitted, an inspector will be sent out to inspect the location. He/she will determine if the location has safe visibility, whether it needs a culvert or not for drainage, needs to be paved back, etc.
  4. Once approved the approach permit will be sent to the applicant. At this point the property owner is free to construct the approach according to the conditions of the approved application.
4.Who decides if an approach permit is to be issued?

The inspector with guidance from the County Engineer as necessary make this decision. The County Engineer has statutory authority over this process.

5.How long does it take to process an approach permit?

The process can take up to 3 weeks but normally takes 1 week. Please be advised that Approach Permits are government applications and the form must be completely filled out in ink and legible. These documents are available via Public Information Requests.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.