Community Development

The Community Development Department consists of two Divisions:  Building and Planning which assists citizens in the development of property in a safe and sustainable way.  To do this the department reviews all projects for consistency with the City Council's policies and vision as outlined in the Monroe Municipal Code (MMC) and the 2015 Comprehensive Plan.

Building Division

The Building Division is responsible for building permit and code administration, plan review, inspections and public outreach.  The Building Division provides life safety assurance and solution-oriented services to the city through the application of professional skills and adopted standards.

Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for permit processing and administration of the city's development codes regarding items such as zoning, subdivisions, shoreline management, critical areas, environmental review (SEPA), and annual updates to the City Comprehensive Plan under the Washington State Growth Management Act.  The Planning Division also provides support to the City's Planning Commission and to the Mayor and City council on matters related to the City's Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.


The Community Development Department provides direct staff support to the Planning Commission. More information about the Planning Commission, including agendas and minutes, may be found on the Boards & Commission web page here.