Planning, Building, and Public Works
21630 11th Avenue South, Suite D
Des Moines, WA 98198-6398
Phone: (206) 870-7576
MEETIN G S
WHAT IS A PRE-APPLICATION MEETING?
A Pre-Application Meeting is a meeting between
project applicant and representatives of appropriate
City departments and other review entities that is
conducted prior to the submission of a detailed
application for a building or land use permit. These
“Pre-App” meetings are intended to provide an
overview of the regulatory requirements and
WHEN IS PRE-APP REQUIRED?
Unless waived by the Community Development
Director, potential applicants or their designees are
required to attend a Pre-App meeting for all Type III,
Type IV, and Type VI land use actions.
HOW WILL THE PRE-APP BENEFIT ME?
Pre-App meetings are highly recommended as they
identify early on in the process potential obstacles
with proposed projects. This helps property owners,
contractors, developers, and businesses owners
determine the feasibility of projects before
expending much money. Applicants are provided
with requirements, expectations, and code
references to assist them with their project. These
help ensure complete and correct submittals when
applying for building or land use permits which
improve plan review and approval times, reduce the
need for resubmittals, and save applicants time and
The following departments and other agencies (as
needed) review the plans and attend the
Engineering (Transportation, Right-of-Way)
Utilities (dependent on type of project )
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF PRE-APPS?
Predevelopment review is a forum for city staff to
assist you during the feasibility and preliminary
analysis phase of your project. The information we
provide does not constitute a formal approval or
permit and is dependent on the level of
information you give us.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A PRE-APP?
To schedule a Pre-App, submit a completed
Pre-Application Meeting Request with 5 copies of
the required materials for the proposed project to
Development Services the Planning, Building, and
Public Works Department 21630 11th Avenue
South, Suite D, Des Moines, WA 98198. Staff will
screen the submittal to ensure the requirements
identified on page 2 of the application have been
sufficiently met. Qualifying submittals will then be
scheduled for the next available time slot a
minimum of two weeks out.
Pre-App Meeting Requests are available online at:
www.desmoineswa.gov/preapp. For additional
assistance please call (206) 870-7576 .
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE PRE-APPS
Pre-App meetings run for a maximum of one hour at
1:30 and 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons. They
are held in the South Wing Conference Room in City
Hall at 21630 11th Avenue South, Suite D.
WHAT DOES THE PRE-APP COST?
Pre-Apps are currently free of charge for the first
and second meeting. Each additional meeting
regarding the same project or location is $350.
PERMIT ASSISTANCE MEMO
Disclaimer: This Public Assistance Memo should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The applicant is responsible for
compliance with all code and rule requirements, whether or not described in this PAM. Please see the City of Des Moines Municipal Code for
complete text and requirements: www.codepublishing.com/wa/desmoines/.