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Permit requirements depend on the scope of your project or location related constraints. Please visit the Planning and Building section for information regarding permissible uses for all zoning districts, setbacks, land use, and building permit requirements and applications. A few things to remember:
New placement of manufactured homes within the City limits of Sultan require a Residential Building Permit. View or download the Residential Building Permit Application Packet (PDF).
Alterations or repairs to manufactured homes are permitted through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Please check the department website to see if you need a permit. Simply checking the list of which alterations will require permits could save you time and money. You may not need a permit for the type of work you’re doing. Or, you may need a different kind of permit, especially if your project includes electrical work.
For more information about alterations or repairs, visit the Department of Labor and Industries website.
Permits are required for a number of reasons:
All permitting is submitted on-line through the My Gov Permitting portal.
You can also call the Community Development Department at 360-793-2231.
A Housing Action Plan is a strategic plan about increasing housing options and choices in the city. The plan centers on community engagement. Provided input will guide the strategies and policies of the HAP.
This document will outline how the city can meet its housing needs and will be shaped by data and public input. The City opted to pursue this work and is committed to incorporating community voices into this plan.
The final HAP needs to be completed and adopted by June 2023. This deadline is based on grant guidelines.
The HAP is a state grant-funded effort that provides the opportunity to create an actionable policy document. The funding for this effort is provided via Washington State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1923.
The HAP includes several key components, as listed below:
Blueline asked the City to identify persons to sit on two different groups. One committee is made up of city stakeholders, like residents with neighborhood ties and community leaders. The second is comprised of housing professionals, persons like developers and real estate experts. Together these two groups provide a community perspective and a technical perspective of housing in the city. Lastly, the survey is available to all residents, and everyone is encouraged to submit responses. The survey results will also inform policy recommendations for the HAP.
A HNA is a document requirement for this grant effort. It serves as a baseline regarding housing and is a data-heavy document prepared before the HAP. The Sultan HNA was reviewed by City Council in May 2022. A copy of the HNA is found in the Additional Sources section of this webpage.
The HNA is comprised of numerous data sources including the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) which are all based on earlier (2019) findings. More recent, federal data was not available at the time this report was written. Although a Census was conducted in 2020, release of the data products has been delayed. You can read more about that here and here.
Also, bear in mind that the HNA data, in addition to the housing policy framework review and public engagement, are what guides the development of the HAP. The housing policy framework review evaluates current progress toward meeting the city’s housing element and the effectiveness of housing programs and policies. The public engagement process allows the community-at-large and key stakeholders to speak to the city’s more recent housing trends and needs.
The HAP provides structure for updating the housing element of the comprehensive plan. Additionally, the HAP recommends actions and strategies around addressing the housing needs of the city.
Numerous cities received this grant funding, a complete list of these municipalities can be found on the Washington State Department of Commerce Planning for Housing website.
The City is also working on the Comprehensive Plan. Cities of certain sizes are required to plan per the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). RCW 36.70A.070(2) requires the following for a housing element (emphasis added for language changed since 1990):
(2) A housing element ensuring the vitality and character of established residential neighborhoods that:
(a) Includes an inventory and analysis of existing and projected housing needs that identifies the number of housing units necessary to manage projected growth;
(b) Includes a statement of goals, policies, objectives, and mandatory provisions for the preservation, improvement, and development of housing, including single-family residences;
(c) Identifies sufficient land for housing, including, but not limited to, government-assisted housing, housing for low-income families, manufactured housing, multifamily housing, and group homes and foster care facilities; and
(d) Makes adequate provisions for existing and projected needs of all economic segments of the community. In counties and cities subject to the review and evaluation requirements of RCW 36.70A.215, any revision to the housing element shall include consideration of prior review and evaluation reports and any reasonable measures identified.
The update of the Comprehensive Plan Housing Element will be largely based on the HAP work.
HB 1923 requires the HAP to “review and evaluate the current housing element adopted pursuant to RCW 36.70A.070, including an evaluation of success in attaining planned housing types and units, the achievement of goals and policies, and implementation of the schedule of programs and actions.”
The 2011 Sultan Comprehensive Plan includes the following housing goals and policies:
H 1 Manage Growth Potentials
H 2 Promote Housing Diversity
H 3 Housing-Design Concepts
H 4 Increase Center Viability
H 5 Best Housing Practices
H 6 Create Identity
H 1.1 Growth management priorities
H 1.2 Housing Variety
H 1.3 Preservation of existing housing
H 2.1 Innovative Land Use Planning
H 2.2 Housing choice
H 2.3 Clustering and Lot Averaging provisions
H 2.4 Manufactured housing
H 2.5 Higher density detached single family housing
H 2.6 Attached single-family housing
H 2.7 Multiple family housing
H 2.8 Mixed use housing
H 3.1 Smaller single-family lots
H 3.2 Cluster housing
H 3.3 Shared access
H 3.4 Quality housing
H 4.1 Moderate to higher density housing
H 4.2 Mixed use residential development
H 4.3 Support affordable housing within Sultan
H 5.1 Affordable housing development within Region
H 5.2 Permit Streamlining
H 6.1 Neighborhood planning areas
H 6.2 Encourage low density development
The term affordable housing refers to households spending less than 30% of the total household income on housing. Housing includes costs like rent, mortgage, insurance, and utilities.
The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) defines affordable housing as:
(2) “Affordable housing” means, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, residential housing whose monthly costs, including utilities other than telephone, do not exceed thirty percent of the monthly income of a household:
(a) For rental housing, households whose income is 60% of the median household income adjusted for household size, for the county where the household is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; or
(b) For owner-occupied housing, households whose income is 80% of the median household income adjusted for household size, for the county where the household is located, as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant requirements and the HAP do not establish mandates. Rather the HAP provides policy recommendations. Per the GMA, the City is required to ensure sufficient land to meet population targets established by the state. These requirements are independent of the HAP.
The HAP will provide policy recommendations that may indirectly address housing costs. These recommendations may influence how and what kind of housing is built.
Call 911, and the Fire District will respond.
Fires no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet in size do not require a permit. By definition, recreational fires are cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes. Fires used for the purpose of debris disposal are not considered recreational fires.
cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes.
Fires outside the City’s Urban Growth Area (PDF), may qualify for a residential burn permit to burn a burn pile no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet. Residential burning means the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, pruning waste, and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee.
the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, pruning waste, and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee.
It is illegal to burn without a permit in Snohomish County outside of a recreational food fire. To obtain a residential or land clearing permit, contact the Office of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal at 425-388-3557.
Contact the Office of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal at 425-388-3508 to listen to their automated burn ban information line. There is also a link on the Snohomish County Fire District 5 website.
Illegal fires include:
The enforcement agency for an illegal fire that affects clean air quality is the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The enforcement agency for fires during a burn ban for fire danger is the Office of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal.
Do not call 911. Call Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at 800-552-3565 or 206-343-8800 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Do not call 911. Call Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at 800-552-3565 or 206-343-8800 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also call the Office of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal at 425-388-3557.
For more information about outdoor burning, please visit the Snohomish County website's Outdoor Burning page.
All land use permits (subdivisions, conditional use permits, grading permits, etc.) require a submittal appointment. Please call Cyd Donk at 360-793-1099 or email Cyd to schedule an appointment. No appointment is required to submit a pre-application request or to submit an appeal of a previous decision.
First review of land use permit applications typically takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete our review and send a response to the applicant. Subsequent reviews usually take 3 to 4 weeks. These timelines may vary based on the complexity of the project, the quality of the submitted information, and the Department’s workload.
For civil (grading or utility) inspections, please submit your request through our online form found here: Civil Inspection Request Form.
Inspections must be requested through the online format least 24 hours before the inspection is needed. Phone requests will no longer be accepted. If for any reason you are not ready for inspection after a request has been made, you must call (360) 793-2262 to cancel the inspection. Due to the workload of our inspectors, we cannot always schedule inspections for a specific time, but staff will make every effort to be available at a convenient time.
The City is painting three crosswalks in the summer of 2021 on Sultan Basin Road.
The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a collection of policies and regulations that the city uses to guide development in the shoreline areas within Sultan’s jurisdiction. The shoreline areas are 200 feet upland of designated state shorelines. Sultan has three shorelines of state significance; the Sultan River, the Skykomish River, and a small portion of the Wallace River on the east side of town.
The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was last updated in 2008. Jurisdictions routinely update their SMPs to ensure they are working as intended.
The City is making a series of technical changes to comply with recommendations from the Department of Ecology. These changes are largely to adopt our regulations to state level codes changes. We are also making changes to how Shoreline Variances and Shoreline Conditional Use Permits are reviewed and approved. Additional changes can be included if we hear a change is needed from the citizen. That is why it is important that we hear from you if you are affected by these regulations.
The City of Sultan bills monthly for the following services:
Republic Services will bill you directly if you request yard waste services. You can contact Republic Services at 1-800-942-5965.
Utility bills are due within 15 days of the statement date and are considered delinquent after 30 days. Any utility bill not paid in full by the 30th day will be subject to late fees on water or sewer amounts still owed. Should an account become delinquent by two months, the customer will receive a payment reminder which informs them that they must bring the account current by a specific day or be disconnected without further notice. Once service is disconnected for such non-payment, a $50 disconnect charge will be applied to the account, and the customer will be required to pay the account in full in order to have service reconnected.
Customers are limited to one payment arrangement every 12 months, which must result in the account being brought current within 180 days. The customer must come into City Hall and fill a payment arrangement form prior to water shut-off. If customer is a tenant, the property owner or manger must also approve the payment arrangement.
How can I pay my City utility bill? Let me count the ways.
1) In person with Cash, Check, Credit, or Debit Card located at 319 Main Street, Sultan, WA 98294 (no fee to pay with debit or credit).
2) Mail a check or money order to PO Box 1199, Sultan, WA 98294
3) Drop Box a check or money order in one of two drop box locations.
* There is one located at the post office outside the main entrance and an other in City Hall just inside the entrance doors on Main Street.
4) Online with Credit, Debit, or Checking Account at https://sultanwa.merchanttransact.com/default.aspx - (no fee for this service)
* This service allows you to sign up for electronic statements or automatic payments
5) Via phone with Credit, Debit, or Checking Account by calling (360) 799-3007. (no fee for this service).
If you have questions, please contact City Hall at 360.793.2231
Currently, the City of Sultan does not have a leak relief program in place. Should you incur excess water charges due to a leak situation, you may contact City Hall to set up a payment arrangement agreement.