Variance

What is it?

All proposals seeking a variance from the Redmond Zoning Code must submit a Variance application.
 
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.

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 Approved

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 environmentally critical areas information.
 
Determine restrictions to your project. Research the Redmond Zoning Code to determine standards that will apply to your proposal.

Redmond Zoning Information  
State Environmental Policy Act (RZC 21.70)
Critical Areas Ordinance (RZC 21.64)
Tree Protection Regulations (RZC 21.72)
Variance Decision Criteria (RZC 21.76)
 
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 checklist.  

Variance Submittal Requirements Checklist
 
Prepare your plans and technical documents. Plans and technical documents must be electronical and in accordance with the requirements specified within the submittal checklist.
 
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.
 
4. Pay fee. Application fees are due at application submittal.
 
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 Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing for our recommendation on your variance. The Hearing Examiner will also issue a decision.

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. If you or a member of the public disagrees with our decision, you may fill an appeal with the Office of the City Clerk within 14 days from when we publish our decision.