To CAPR Supporters And All Rural King Co. Property Owners,
King Co. DDES has put forward the “offer”
below. Be very wary, especially if you have a clearing and grading issue,
as this appears to be an avenue for the County to circumvent those portions of
the Clearing and Grading Ordinance that were declared unlawful by the
Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES)
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DDES has issued the news release: DDES offers property owners fee amnesty program for unlawful development (October 1, 2008 through April 1, 2009). Read the news release online at http://your.kingcounty.gov/permits/publications/news/FeeAmnesty08Oct01.aspx. The text of the news release is also available below.
DDES news release
October 1, 2008
DDES offers property owners fee amnesty program for unlawful development (October 1, 2008 through April 1, 2009)
Property owners in unincorporated King County who did building, clearing or grading work without the required permit have a chance to bring their property into compliance with the legal code and avoid the usual penalty fees.
“The permit process is designed to
protect public health, homeowner safety, and the environment,” said Stephanie
Warden, DDES Director. “This is a positive way to encourage property owners with
unlawful development to legalize construction and partner with
In the past, other counties have seen deck collapses resulting in injury and even death after the original structure was built without permits. Similarly, structures built in areas susceptible to heavy snows are required to sustain specific snow loads in order to prevent collapse. A more common example of unpermitted activity is a garage illegally converted into living space. Unpermitted development can also cause problems during the pending sale of a home.
Property owners securing permits
after activity has occurred are still required to comply with all provisions of
If you know you have unlawful development
Property owners who know that
construction has occurred on their property without permits should contact the
As noted above, the DDES Fee Amnesty Program for unpermitted construction and grading will remain in effect until April 1, 2009. For additional information, please contact Paula Adams, DDES Public Information and Records Officer, at 206-296-6682.
For more information about DDES, visit our Web site at http://www.kingcounty.gov/permits.
For DDES' e-mail news service subscription information, see http://your.kingcounty.gov/permits/publications/subscribe.aspx.