Permit Center

Our Permit Center is staffed with experts from several different departments in order to provide a one-stop experience for questions related to developing within the City of Renton.

Many of our services can be provided without a trip to City Hall by using the remote services listed below. If you do choose to visit in-person, please note the Permit Counter hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., CLOSED from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to walk in services
Tuesday and Friday - CLOSED to walk in services


Virtual Permit Center Appointments

You can now book free virtual appointments to get direct assistance from City staff, who will be able to answer basic questions about the City of Renton zoning, building, and development requirements for permitting. Schedule a 15 minute meeting with City of Renton Permit Center staff from the Planning, Development Engineering, and Building teams. 

Please see the Virtual Meeting Customer Tip Sheet for help with scheduling, rescheduling or cancelling your virtual meeting.

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Items to consider before scheduling a meeting:

  • This service is not intended to be a consultation with the reviewer of an existing permit. If that is the case, please contact the assigned reviewer directly with questions about the existing permit.
  • Meetings are intended to address basic high-level questions.
  • All appointments are conducted using Microsoft Teams.  You do not need to have the Microsoft Teams application to join a meeting.  A call-in option will be available on all appointments for customers who do not have access to a computer device.

For general information on zoning, land use and development regulations. Including planning questions related to:

  • Zoning
  • Lot coverage
  • Setback questions
  • Subdividing property and the process
  • Tree retention
  • Commercial signs
  • Information about critical areas

For general information on building construction applications. Including questions related to:

  • Is a building permit required?
  • Required information for building permit application
  • Documents required for building permit application
  • Assistance with how to electronically submit a permit

For general information with grading, or a project within the public right of way. Including questions related to:
  • Site work
  • Right of Way
    •  Curb, gutter or sidewalk replacements
    • Repair or replacement of driveways
  • Utility questions
    • Water, sewer, gas and electric lines 

Civic Access Self-Service Portal (Online Applications & Inspections)

The Civic Access Self-Service Portal is a way to:

  • Pay an invoice
  • Apply and receive an over-the-counter permit
  • Apply for Pre-Application Meeting
  • Apply for Permit Ready ADU Meeting 

Schedule an inspection:

Building Permitting

Online Permits:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
  • Re-roof

Permit Resources:

Contact for building permits not available online or questions:

Email: [email protected] (preferred)
Virtual Meeting: Click here to schedule
Phone: 425-430-7200

Planning & Land Use

Land Use Resources:

Contact for Planning & Land Use not available online or questions:

Email: [email protected]
Virtual Meeting: Click here to schedule
Voicemail: 425-430-7294

Site Work, Right of Way, & Utility Permitting

Online Permits:

  • Right-of-Way
  • Stormwater
  • Hydrant Meter Rental

Permit Resources:

Contact for utilities, site, and right-of-way permits not available online or questions:

Email: [email protected]
Virtual Meeting: Click here to schedule
Phone: 206-402-8626

Code Compliance

File a Complaint:



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