The Community Development Department consists of two Divisions: Building and Planning which assists citizens in the development of property in a safe and sustainable way. To do this the department reviews all projects for consistency with the City Council's policies and vision as outlined in the Monroe Municipal Code (MMC) and the 2015 Comprehensive Plan. The Community Development Department also provides direct staff support to the Planning Commission. Planning Commission agendas and minutes can be found on the Boards & Commission web page here.
The Building Division is responsible for building permit and code administration by providing plan review, inspection services, building code information, code enforcement and public outreach. The Building Division provides life safety assurance and solution-oriented services to the city through the application of professional skills and adopted standards by regulating the construction, repair or alteration, demolition, and occupancy of all buildings and structures within the city. Our primary mission is to provide life safety and a better quality of living to the residents of the City of Monroe.
The Planning Division is responsible for permit processing and administration of the city's development codes regarding items such as zoning, subdivisions, shoreline management, critical areas, environmental review (SEPA), and annual updates to the City Comprehensive Plan under the Washington State Growth Management Act. The Planning Division also provides support to the Mayor and City council on matters related to the City's Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.