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We are changing our hours to better serve you!
New hours for ALL Department Business Including Building Inspections:
 Monday - Thursday 7 am to 6 pm
We will be closed on Fridays.



Stop by our new Building & Planning Blog!

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.

One-Stop Permit Center
In our ongoing efforts to provide excellent customer service, we have a one-stop permit center available with representatives on-duty at all times from each division. Customers and the general public are welcome to visit the permit center in person or reach us by telephone during business hours.

Questions regarding regulations, the permitting process, development potential, construction activities, etc., will be directed to knowledgeable staff that can provide information and records. Please visit with us early in the development of your project so that we can be of the greatest assistance!

What's New!



New Permit System Now Operational and Online!

We have launched a new permit system!  Brought you by Accela Automation, the new permit system greatly expands the capabilities of our daily permitting operations, and brings a whole host of new features that catapults Building and Planning into the 21st Century.   You can now apply for permits online, view permit history, schedule inspections, and even view most inspection results immediately after the inspection occurs. 

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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 applying for permits, scheduling inspections, and keeping up to date on the status of your permit.  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 found here

The new system will allow us to bring more accurate information easily and more quickly than we could ever before.  Stay tuned as we explore the capabilities of the new permit system, and expand our availability to our customers.


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Interested in a Major Project? Links to more information:

Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility EIS SEPA
The KMMEF SEPA is currently in a public comment period. A link to comment can be found at the top of the linked page.

Millennium Bulk Terminals- Longview EIS - SEPA & NEPA
The MBTL DEIS for both NEPA and SEPA are currently in process. A public comment period on the SEPA DEIS is scheduled to begin April 29th. More information about the project can be found at the link above.

Millennium Bulk Terminals - Notice of Availability

Visit the Cowlitz County Project Page HERE

Visit the Joint SEPA & NEPA EIS Website HERE


Contact Us

E. Elaine Placido
Director
Email

207 4th Ave. N.
Kelso, WA 98626

Ph: 360-577-3052
Fx: 360-414-5550

TTY / VCO
711 or 800-833-6384
Washington Relay

Hours
Monday - Thursday 
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Closed Fridays*
 

News
Notice of Availability: Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview
Cowlitz County and the WA Department of Ecology have released the SEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview proposed coal export terminal and are inviting the public to comment. Read on...
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