Welcome to the Community Development department. We promote community and environmental quality through land use planning and permitting.

Limited Permit Center hours are effective immediately – Monday through Friday, 8:30-Noon. This reduced schedule will be in effect as an interim measure until further notice.

Staff members are available to assist with permit applications and to answer questions about zoning and land use. Planning staff also responds to written inquiries about these subjects, and about zoning code enforcement issues. Zoning or permit-related questions can be left at 206 248-8260.

We can help customers with the following request:

“Over-the-Counter” Permits: We accept applications for and issue over-the-counter permits (plumbing, mechanical, electrical) during hours when the permit window is open (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to Noon). Permit application forms are available on the wall rack across from the Permit Counter in City Hall. Permit application forms also are available on the City’s website and may be printed out; permit applications cannot be filed on-line.

Building Permits: We accept applications for building permits during the hours when the Permit Window is open, or by appointment.

Inspections: Note that inspections for building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical permits are scheduled through the City of Burien, either on their website, or at the phone number printed on each issued permit.

David Nemens

Community Development Director

(206) 248-8253


City Engineer

(206) 248-8256

Ashleigh Williams

Permit Technician

(206) 248-8260

Brad Pihlstorm

Building Inspector


(206) 812-4729

Dan Cruz

Electrical Inspector

(206) 439-3157

Steven Blake

Building Official

Email: stevenb@burienwa.gov

(206) 248-5523