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

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 requests:

“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, 1:00 – 4:30pm). 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 online.

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

Inspections: Inspections for building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical permits are scheduled through the City of Burien, either on their website, or by calling the inspection line (206) 248-5525. 

Community Development Documents: All permit applications can be found here. Please click here for all other documents (checklists, manuals, informational documents, etc.).

David Nemens

Community Development Director

(206) 248-8253

Ryan Harriman

Community Development Director

(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


(206) 248-5523