Environmental Review

Proposals that exceed certain thresholds, such as buildings greater than 4,000 square feet, or projects within critical areas, require review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) prior to issuing building and/or construction permits. Such proposals require issuance of a determination by the City's Environmental Review Committee (ERC) that identifies whether any additional mitigation is needed to reduce potential environmental impacts or whether the proposal requires an Environmental Impact Statement.

SEPA review begins with the applicant submitting an environmental checklist with their development application. SEPA review is completed concurrently with the underlying land use application.

Additional guidance and resources for SEPA can be found at the Department of Ecology.

Additional information and City of Renton Submittal Requirements: Environmental Review Submittal Requirements

Environmental (SEPA) Checklist Submitted
Submitted with development application.

Type 2 Land Use Applications

Type 3 Land Use Applications
ERC Environmental Determination
Type 2 Land Use Application: SEPA Determination will be issued with the Administrative Decision

Type 3 Land Use Application: SEPA Determination will be issued prior to the Public Hearing
14-Day Appeal Period
Type 3 Land Use Application: If the SEPA Determination is appealed, the appeal will be heard by the Hearing Examiner at the Public Hearing


If you have any questions on the Environmental Review process, please contact Planning Customer Service at planningcustomersevice@rentonwa.gov or (425) 430-7294.

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