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A. Submittal Criteria. A land use permit application is complete for the purposes of this section when it meets the submittal requirements established by the Department. Required submittals shall meet the following minimum criteria:

1. Applications and related submittals shall contain at least the minimum amount of information necessary to allow for review of the project to progress even though additional information may be required or project modifications may be undertaken subsequent to the initial project review.

2. Applications and related submittals shall be comprehensible, legible, and in a format typical for the information being provided.

3. Applications and related submittals shall meet minimum code requirements for the type of application applied for.

B. All applications for development permits, design review approvals, variances, and other City approvals under the Development Code shall be submitted on forms provided by the Planning and Development Services Department.

C. Depending on the nature of the application, the required information may include the following:

1. The name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the property owner. The name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the developer/applicant, if different from the owner. A signature of the property owner or authorized official. If the developer/applicant is not the owner, a letter from the owner authorizing the developer/applicant to process the application on behalf of the owner.

2. Names and addresses of all property owners within 300 feet of the subject property, according to the County Assessor, provided on mailing labels.

3. Description of the proposed action in accordance with the appropriate City application form, including a written explanation of how the proposal meets the requirements and intent of this title.

4. Name and address of the proposed site, project, or action.

5. Vicinity map identifying the project site, adjacent streets, and bordering lines of adjacent properties and adjacent uses.

6. Legal description of the subject property and of the existing lots, tracts or parcels and easements therein.

7. Subdivision or site plan map of the proposed project or subdivision showing the land use designation, lot sizes in square feet, and dimensions of all existing and proposed lots with lot numbers, setbacks for each lot, parcels and tracts to be reserved or dedicated for streets or other public uses. The map shall be to a scale appropriate for 24-inch by 36-inch paper, or as otherwise required by the Planning Director.

8. Existing conditions map identifying the location, character, and required buffer areas for any critical or sensitive environmental areas including steep slopes, streams, lakes, wetlands, wildlife habitat or migration corridors, woodlands, and existing vegetation in accordance with the definitions and requirements of this code. These must be located by a qualified professional as defined in WAC 365-195-905(4).

9. Photographs identifying existing vegetation, buildings, views, and other characteristics on and off the site, and of and from adjacent properties that may be impacted by the proposed action.

10. Existing topographic contours of the subject property at intervals of not less than two feet, referred to by datum identification.

11. Geotechnical studies identifying the characteristics and capabilities of site soils and landform features.

12. Grading plan identifying roads, streets, building pads, and other major changes in the topographic grade.

13. Site plan indicating the location of any existing and proposed buildings, streets, parking areas, or other impervious surfaces identifying setback, coverage, and other dimensional requirements of this code.

14. Building plan illustrating the size, placement, elevation, architectural detail and character of any existing and proposed structures or improvements and a detailed description of proposed building materials.

15. Landscape plan identifying the species, size, placement, irrigation, planting and staking details, and other characteristics of all existing and proposed trees, plantings, contours at two-foot intervals, fences, rockeries, required landscape screens and other site improvements.

16. Access plan identifying the right-of-way, pavement, construction material, traffic channelization, and other characteristics of all existing and proposed public and private streets, alleys, parking areas, trails, sidewalks, and other circulation systems.

17. Utilities plan identifying the right-of-way or easement, size or capacity of all existing and proposed sewer, water, stormwater, power, telecommunications, and other public or private systems. If the property is within the NE Sewer Area, the utilities plan will show how compliance with SMC 15.04.047 will be achieved.

18. Flood control certification and impact studies including:

a. Elevation in relation to mean sea level of the lowest floor (including basement) of all structures.

b. Elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any structure has been floodproofed.

c. Certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the floodproofing methods for any nonresidential structure meet the floodproofing criteria specified in this code.

d. Description of the extent to which a watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of the proposed development and impacts to downstream properties.

e. Documentation of compliance with the Endangered Species Act.

19. Engineering or working drawings in accordance with City Engineer specifications that detail:

a. Street, curb and gutter, parking area, sidewalk, trail, and other transportation system locations, profiles, cross-sections, construction materials and specifications.

b. Sewer and water main sizes, material types, grades, manholes, valves, individual stub lines, hydrants, and stormwater management systems including pipes, swales, oil/water separators and retention/detention ponds, and other public and private utilities, including easements and/or dedications to the City.

c. Building floor plans, sections, and elevations defining grading, foundation, structural, electrical, mechanical, landscape, materials, finish, and other features.

20. Civil drawings in accordance with City Engineer specifications must be submitted with any building permit for multifamily, commercial and industrial construction. Preliminary civil drawings will be required for preliminary plats.

21. Survey and monument placements in accordance with City Engineer specifications. The site survey will be accomplished under the supervision of a professional land surveyor registered in the state of Washington and will locate monuments or markers on site for street intersections, roadway placements, lot and block corner lines, and other requirements listed by the City Engineer.

22. Final plat or site plan prepared by or under the supervision of a professional land surveyor registered in the state of Washington. The final plat or site plan shall conform to the specifications provided by the City Engineer including appropriate certification statements, signatures, and seals.

23. Draft of any proposed public or private covenants, restrictions, or easements.

24. State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist summarizing the impacts the proposed project action will have on all of the natural and human elements of the environment. The checklist shall include a site plan that identifies the existence of all sensitive environmental areas.

25. Drainage basin resource determination or delineation for streams, wetlands or other water bodies. Submitted plans must include the delineated critical areas and their required buffer.

26. The appropriate fee to cover all costs of processing the application.

D. Change in Submittal Requirements. The Department shall establish and may revise written submittal requirements for each type of land use, project, or other development permit or approval type. The requirements shall be made available to the public in a checklist or other form that clearly describes the material and number of copies that must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. The Department shall provide public notice of any changes to the submittal requirements at least 30 days prior to their effective date.

E. Waiver of Submittal Requirements. Submittal requirements shall not be waived, except that the Department may determine in writing that a particular requirement is not applicable upon a clear showing by the applicant that the requirement is not relevant to the proposed action and is not necessary to demonstrate compliance with applicable requirements and City codes.

F. Additional Information. Even after a determination of completeness, the Department may require the submittal of additional information or studies as it determines necessary for review of the application. The submittal of additional information or studies shall not affect the validity of the vesting of the application pursuant to SMC 14.20.180, unless the information is requested because incorrect or false information was submitted by the applicant and if the incorrect information would materially affect the final decision on the application. (Ord. 2338, 2017)

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