Environmental Actions

Types of Environmental Actions

Click the Prepare tab below for a description of development permit types.
  • Shoreline Substantial Development Permit 
  • Shoreline Exemption 
  • Shoreline Conditional Use Permit 
  • Shoreline Variance 
  • SEPA - State Environmental Policy Act 
  • Reasonable Use 

Application Forms

  1. Prepare
  2. Apply
  3. Review
  4. Next Steps


  • Find your property information to determine what is allowed for your zone and your property by referencing the Redmond Zoning Code 
  • Use the Redmond Zoning Code to determine the development standards are for your zone
  • Provide the location of critical areas on the submitted plans


Applications and Forms 

Applications and permit intake checklists will need to be downloaded and filled out from our Applications and Forms page.
Click Land Use Application Tab.

To ensure you have all the documents needed, it is best to start by reviewing the checklist of the permit you would like to apply for.

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I still have questions?

Counter staff are available to answer questions about your project. Contact Information is located on this page.

Types of Environment Actions

Reasonable Use (PDF)

A private property owner or public agency seeking relief from the strict application of the Critical Areas Ordinance must submit an application for a Reasonable Use Exception.

SEPA - State Environmental Policy Act

click the Land Use Applications tab

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is legislation that allows local governments to identify and mitigate possible environmental impacts of certain projects.

SEPA review may be required if you project involves:
New buildings
Change of use
New parking
Work within the Shoreline or other critical areas

When completing SEPA review we will make a determination of significance, determination of non-significance or determine the project is exempt from SEPA review based on the scope and proposed impacts of your project. 

If a determination of significance is made, then SEPA review will be completed through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS review process requires a number of additional steps and review requirements. In most cases, a determination of non-significance means that your project may have impacts, but those impacts may be mitigated by conditions we placed on the project.


Properties within 200 feet of the shoreline are regulated by the Redmond Shoreline Master Program (SMP) in addition to our zoning requirements. Therefore, you need to apply for a land use permit for any project within the shoreline jurisdiction.  Our shoreline areas include Lake Sammamish, Sammamish River, Bear Creek and Evans Creek. Types of Shoreline Applications are listed below.

Shoreline Exemption (PDF)

Some developments within the shoreline jurisdiction do not require a shoreline permit if they are considered exempt. For more information on the types of projects that are typically exempt see the Shoreline Exemption Submittal Requirements Checklist and Application.

Shoreline Substantial Development (PDF)
Required when developments are proposed within the shoreline jurisdiction. In addition to specific use and development standards, we review the environmental impacts of the proposed development to shoreline waters, fish and wildlife.

Shoreline Conditional Use Permit

contact the Planner On Call

Each shoreline area has a designation that specifies how you can use it. Some uses may be allowed outright, while others are not allowed or are subject to additional criteria. Some uses may be allowed as a shoreline conditional use if your project qualifies.

Shoreline Variance
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A variance allows us, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Ecology, to grant relief from certain code requirements. Variances are required from development standards listed in the Shoreline Master Program.