Can I start the Planning Clearance process prior to purchasing the land?

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1. The lot is currently forested, should I harvest the trees first or talk to the Planning Department?
2. What kind of work requires a building permit?
3. Where do I get an electrical permit?
4. My lot is forested, what are my options to harvest trees to develop?
5. What is a Subdivision?
6. What design criteria do I need to meet?
7. I removed some acreage from DFL, can I harvest trees to prepare the building site?
8. What is a Short Subdivision?
9. My land was recently harvested with a Department of Natural Resources Permit. What do I need to do to develop on my property?
10. What is an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)?
11. I want to build a second home on my lot for my aging parent(s) or caregiver, what options do I have?
12. Can I rent out my ADU to a non-family member?
13. Can I build an ADU in an Unzoned area?
14. Where can I build a three unit development consisting of the primary dwelling, and two ADU’s?
15. How many additional on-site parking spaces are required for the ADU?
16. Can I use my household well and septic system for my new ADU?
17. My property has a mapped ‘Shoreline’ What does this mean?
18. I want to do work within a mapped shoreline on my property?
19. My property description says ‘DFL’ what does this mean?
20. How do I determine the Zoning or Comprehensive Plan designation of my lot?
21. What does ‘Unzoned’ [UZ] mean?
22. Is Unzoned land compatible with home construction?
23. What is the minimum acreage for subdivision?
24. Can I start the Planning Clearance process prior to purchasing the land?
25. I am trying to determine project feasibility, can I set up a meeting to talk about the process?
26. What is a Staff Consultation?
27. Does Cowlitz County charge Growth Management Act (GMA) impact fees?
28. I want to build a shop. What is my first required permit?
29. I want to build a house. What is my first required permit?
30. My lot needs an address, what are my options?
31. I need guidance on my multi-family project, where do I start?
32. My building site is near a stream or river, what options do I have?
33. My lot has a mapped landslide, what options do I have?
34. Is stormwater review necessary?
35. I used the EPIC map and my property has mapped erosive soils. What does this mean?
36. Where do I get a Mobile Home Alterations Permit?