Temporary Use Permit

What is it?

A Temporary Use Permit is a mechanism by which the City may permit a use or structure to temporarily locate within the City (on private property or the public rights-of-way) on an interim or seasonal basis as long as it is safe and compatible with other uses in the area. 
In Redmond, a Temporary Use Permit can be issued for:
  • Outdoor art and craft shows and exhibits
  • Retail sales such as Christmas trees, seasonal or agricultural sales, firewood, seafood, etc.
  • Mobile services such as veterinary services
  • Vending carts
  • Group retail sales such as swap meets, parking lot sales
  • Temporary Encampments
  • Temporary parking lots used during construction
Other temporary uses may be authorized by the Planning Director if the proposed use complies with the provisions in the Temporary Use code.
Temporary Use Permits can be granted on a Short-Term (less than six months) or Long-Term (up to two years) basis.  All applications for a Temporary Use Permit must meet the City’s decision criteria.  Please see the Redmond Zoning Code 21.46.030 for the listing of the decision criteria and general conditions.
Your project may require State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review if the project is within or near critical areas (i.e. streams, wetlands, steep slopes, critical aquifer recharge area) or exceeds the SEPA categorical exemptions specified in RZC 21.70.

How Much Does it Cost?

Our review fee is a flat fee and is established within the Development Review Fee Schedule. An initial fee is required to be paid at the time of application submittal. Subsequent review fees may apply if additional review is required.  Furthermore, a Long Term Temporary Use application type is eligible to be processed through the Pre-Entitlement Review Process (PREP).  An initial kick off fee is required to be paid at the time of application submittal and a final submittal fee is required to be paid following application acceptance. All associated fees can be found in the fee schedule noted below.
Development Review Fee Schedule

How Long Does It Take?

How long it takes us to complete our review of your proposal depends on several factors, including the:
  • Complexity of your proposal
  • Quality of your plans and project documentation
  • Timely response to correction letters and requests for further information
  • Public interest

Steps to Get Your Application Approve

1. Research
Find your property information. Research your site to help you plan your project. Use our Property Viewer Interactive Map to find zoning and critical areas information.
Determine restrictions to your project. Research the Redmond Zoning Code to determine standards that will apply to your proposal.

State Environmental Policy Act (RZC 21.70)
Critical Areas Ordinance (RZC 21.64)
Tree Protection Regulations (RZC 21.72)
Temporary Use Regulation (RZC 21.46)
Attend a Pre-Application Conference. We offer pre-application conferences to answer any project specific and process related questions. This one-hour meeting is held Thursdays. For more information see Pre-Application Conference Tip Sheet.
2.  Start the Application Process
Apply for an application. Get an application number by submitting your application to the Development Services Center.  You will need to provide all information noted in the applicable submittal requirement checklist.
Temporary Use Submittal Requirements Checklist

PREP Temporary Use Submittal Requirements Checklist
To learn more about the PREP process, see the PREP User Guide.
Request a Pre-Application Conference (optional). We recommend applying for a pre-application conference for this type of project. For more information see Pre-Application Conference Tip Sheet.
Prepare your plans and technical documents. Plans and technical document must be electronic and in accordance with the requirements specified within the submittal checklist.

Tip Sheet – Temporary Use
Tip Sheet – SEPA
Tip Sheet - PREP User Guide
3. Submit Application
Schedule an intake appointment. Call 425-556-2494 to schedule an intake appointment at the Development Services Center. Application submittals are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Pay fee. Application fees are due at application submittal.
For Long Term Temporary Use Permit - Wait for public notice. We will issue a public notice for your project as required by RZC 21.76.080. You are responsible for installing a yellow public notice board. A public hearing is required and you will be responsible for installing a large white public notice board as well.  The City will work with you to determine when and where the sign needs to be installed.  We’ll consider all public comments during the 21-day public comment period.
Yellow Public Notice Board Instructions      
Large White Notice Board Instructions
Attend the public hearing. The Redmond’s City Council will hold a public hearing on our long term temporary use recommendation and will vote on your application based on the information provided during the public hearing process.
Read our decision. We will publish our decision on your project on our Land Use Action Notice webpage. Additionally, the decision will be mailed to you and any parties of record.
Submit an appeal.
Short Term Temporary Use – If you or a member of the public disagrees with our decision, you may file an appeal with the Office of the City Clerk within 14 days from when we publish our decision.

Long Term Temporary Use - If you or a member of the public disagrees with our decision, you may file an appeal with King County Superior Court.