Building Permits

Homeowners considering a remodel to their home or adding  improvements such as decks, roofs, garage or retaining walls, often have questions about building permits. As a first step, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. The City of Mountlake Terrace requires permits for remodeling activities. Application forms for permits and land use approval, as well as checklists, are provided below in a printable format. Permits can also be submitted and viewed online here. 

Permit Staff Services & Hours
Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays - Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Because each construction project is unique, we invite you to contact a Permit Specialist to answer your specific permitting questions. Permit Specialists can be reached at 425-744-6267. You can also email your questions to

The Permit Contact Information Form is required with all permits. The information on the Permit Contact Information Form will accompany all completed checklists. Permit Contact Information

When signing the permit application, you are certifying that you are the owner of record of the named property, or that the proposed work is authorized by the owner of record and that you have been authorized by the owner to make this application as his/her authorized agent.

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Once the form has been completed, you may submit them in one of the following ways:
 - Email the Permit Specialist 
 - Fax: 425-775-0420
 - Hand-delivery to Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200, Mountlake Terrace

It is important to provide all required documentation with the permit application. Please refer to the applicable checklist. The required fee(s), payable by cash or check, will be due at the time the permit application is submitted. If you have specific questions or suggestions, please call 425-744-6278.

Submit or View Online Applications
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State Building Code Council (SBCC) fees applicable to all building permits will be as follows:

  • Residential Building Permits: $6.50 fee to the SBCC for each building permit
  • Commercial Building Permits: $25.00 fee to the SBCC for each building permit. And additional surcharge of $2.00 will be applied for each residential unit after the first unit.

Building and Fire Permit Application Fees (PDF) 

View/Submit Electronic Permit Applications