Building & Planning
The Building and Planning Department was established by the Board of County Commissioners to carry out the effective and reasonable administration of developmental laws and standards and to accomplish county planning, building permit coordination, environmental coordination, fire / life safety, and environmental health.
It is our goal to provide fast, fair, consistent, and friendly services to the citizens of Cowlitz County. The Building and Planning Department provides a wide-variety of permitting services through the Building Division, the Planning Division and the Operations Division.
Burn Ban Starts June 21, 2019. Effective Friday June 21, 2019, Cowlitz County, in cooperation with partnering agencies, will enact restrictions on outdoor burning. All land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning will be restricted until the ban is lifted.
*Planning Staff Available By Appointment Only Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm* Do you have a general permitting question? Please contact us by email.
The citizen access portion of our new permit system can be found at the link above. Starting your own account will allow you to begin scheduling inspections, and keeping up to date on the status of your permit. In the coming months we will be adding to the list of permit types that you may apply for online and we'll be adding an online payment option, too. Please note that only permits applied for after November 17, 2014 will be viewable on the new system. Older permits will continue to use the previous permit system portal.
Environmental Health Unit
Is a division of the Cowlitz County Health Department. For all water and septic/sewer questions, please call 360-414-5599 ext 6426 or e-email EHU.
The KMMEF Project DSEIS is now available for public comment through 5pm on December 28th, 2018.
Please visit the project site, document library, for access to all SEPA documents, including the DSEIS released on November 13th, 2018.
The Final SEPA EIS was issued in April 2017. More information about SEPA or NEPA environmental reviews, and the County's current permitting processes for this major project can be found at the links below:
Visit the Joint SEPA & NEPA EIS Website HERE
Visit the Cowlitz County HIA Information Page HERE