Planning Clearance

Planning Clearance is the County’s process for reviewing a proposed project for compliance with all applicable Land Use and Environmental regulations. All parcels proposed for development must have Planning Clearance review completed in advance of other permits.


On July 19, 2017 Cowlitz County updated it’s Comprehensive Plan land use designations county-wide, which includes determination for minimum lot sizes outside of the zoned areas of the County.  Until the EPIC program is updated, it will not return the correct comprehensive plan designation; please contact our office and we make sure you get the most current comprehensive plan information. We are working hard to make sure these changes are reflected in the EPIC program. Thank you for your patience!

EPIC Map  Review your parcel online using the County’s EPIC (Environmental Planning Internet Clearance) mapping tool.

Planning Clearance Application Form  - Please note that this is for personal use only.  To apply for a Planning Clearance, please use our new online permit system.  Your first step in applying is to register with our new system.  Please click the following link to begin your registration:  PermitQ