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* Development Services - Response to COVID-19 *

General Operations

Although City Hall and the Development Services Permit Center are closed to walk in customers to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimize infections, Development Services continue to provide services over the phone and electronically.  Staff is available by phone and digitally to assist customers and answer questions.  

Contact Info - General Questions

  • Online:  Submit your question through the Our Kirkland portal
  • Planning and Building:  (425) 587-3600
  • Public Works:  (425) 587-3800
  • Fire:  (425) 587-3661

Staff will be monitoring the Our Kirkland portal and voice mail messages during regular business hours. A response to your voicemail or Our Kirkland message will be returned within 24 hours. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership in protecting our community from further spread of COVID-19.

If you have received a notice that your permit is expiring we are offering a 45 day extension due to the Governor’s “stay at home” order. To receive the extension please call 425-587-3600 and ask to speak to a permit Technician

Drop Box

Information on where to drop off documents at City hall. 

Single-family Permit Submittals on Ready to Record Short Plats

New single-family permits for residences in short plats that are "ready to record" may be submitted provided certain conditions have been met.  View the policy.

Construction & Inspection Policy

On April 24th the Governor announced a "Phase I Construction Restart plan".  Phase 1 work consists of projects that 1) had already begun prior to March 25, 2020, and the memo that was in existence on March 23, 2020, the effective date of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation  and 2) that pose low risk to human health, meaning only construction that can be done safely maintaining six feet of social distance and in compliance with the other requirements set forth in the Governor’s Proclamation.

Newly authorized construction is construction activity that: 1) Was in existence prior to the issuance of Proclamation 20-25, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” and 2) Was not authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and subsequent guidance. This includes, for example, most residential construction like remodels, renovations, and speculative construction.

Existing construction (referenced above as “in existence”) is construction that 1) Is needed to fulfill an obligation under a contract effective prior to March 23, 2020, or 2) Is authorized by a government-issued permit obtained prior to March 23, 2020. 

In compliance with the Governor’s Implementation of Phase 1 Construction Restart – Proclamation 20-25 dated 4/24/2020,  for permits issued after 3/23, proof of a contractual obligation from prior to 3/23 is required to be provided to the inspector for a requested inspection.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) will enforce the Governor’s Phase 1 COVID-19 jobsite safety and health requirements. Complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center (1-800-423-7233) or via e-mail to

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Development Services
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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Phone: 425-587-3600