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The Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map is scheduled to be removed on October 13th, 2017. Snohomish County Planning and Development Services has developed newer interactive maps for viewing planning-related information. Please visit the PDS Map Portal or the PDS Active Projects and Permits interactive map. Instructions and training videos are available to help orient new users to the new and improved web maps.

Please send your comments, questions, and suggestions to the PDS GIS Team.

The Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map shows planning-related information for unincorporated Snohomish County.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

The instructions below will help you use the interactive map successfully.

Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map
Click here to open the Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map
in a new browser window.

Instructions for using the Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map

Available information:

The interactive map shows planning-related information in an easy-to-use, graphical format. The map is organized into layers that can be turned on or off as needed for improved viewing.

Map layers include:
  • Parcels with permit information
    (Click a parcel to display a full report)
  • County Zoning
  • Comprehensive Plan information
  • Flood Hazard information
  • Shoreline Management Areas
  • Fire Districts
  • Streams, Lakes, and Topography
  • Aerial photography (2012)
The information provided on this web site is considered unofficial. Official maps are available at the Snohomish County Planning and Development Services' public counter, located on the 2nd floor of the County Administration building.

Map Navigation:

Choices listed on the green toolbar on the left side of the screen determine what happens when you click on the map.

For example, if you click on the word "Zoom In" on the green toolbar, then click on the map, a new map will draw at a larger scale. Hint: To zoom-in closer, click-and-hold the mouse button, then move your mouse to draw a box on the map.

Users can move the map in any direction by using the "Pan" tool. When "Pan" is activated, click and hold the mouse or pointer over the map and move it up, down, or side-to-side. Release the button to redraw a new map.

Wait for the map to finish:

Drawing a map on your browser can take several seconds.

The map must finish drawing before the next click will be accepted.
Changing the size of your browser window will cause the map to redraw. Expect a longer wait time when using the Locate Address feature or Find a Parcel ID.

View Permit Information

Parcels with permit information available are shaded yellow on the map. The yellow highlight may be turned ON or OFF using a "checkbox" () tool. Permit information is updated at the beginning of each week.

Parcel lines must be visible on the map to view information from the Permit Database. If parcel lines are not visible, Zoom In closer (see above).

To view the data, click on "View Permit Information" on the left side of the screen. Then click on the map over a parcel.

A new browser window with permit information will be displayed.

The window with permit information is reused each time a parcel is clicked. If the map window completely covers the other window, the new permit information will be updated, but may not be visible. Hint: you may wish to view the map at less than full screen on your monitor.

Note: The yellow parcel highlight layer is updated weekly. Permit information is generally available on the same day the permit application is submitted, even if the parcel is not yet highlighted.

Find a Parcel ID:

If you know the 14-digit property identification number (parcel ID), you can enter it in the text box and press 'Enter' or click the 'Go' button. The search should take no more than a few seconds.

When the search is completed, the map will redraw centered over the selected parcel.

After searching by Parcel ID, the selected parcel may be highlighted in red, obscuring the yellow permit hightlight (if any). Hint: Use 'Refresh Map' to redraw the map and clear the red selection highlight.

View the Aerial Photo:

Several map layers are listed on the lower-left side of the screen, including color aerial photographs taken throughout the summer of 2012.

Use the check box next to a layer to turn it on/off as desired. Note: some map layers are not visible when viewing maps of large areas.

Zoning Information:

One of the available data layers is County Zoning.
At larger scales, zones are displayed on the map with text labels displayed in the center of the zone.

Note: a single zone can sometimes have two different text labels on the map. This is part of the dynamic labelling process: if one zone is centered on the map and is completely surrounded by another zone, both text labels may appear in the center of the inner zoning area.

Simply move the inner zone away from the center of the map to display as intended.

Browser compatibility:

A recent browser (Firefox, Netscape 4.5+, Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater) is recommended to view the interactive map.

In general, your browser must not block pop-up (new) windows, must show pictures, enable JavaScript, and be able to send unencrypted information (form data) over the Internet. Hint: you may wish to view the map at less than full screen on your monitor.

Refer to Snohomish County's browser compatibility and web site accessibility information.

Computer settings:

Some computer settings can prevent the Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map from working correctly.
Common problems include:

  • Pop-up blockers
    Description: The interactive map doesn't launch at all; or new browser windows do not display when using 'Print Map' or 'View Permit Information'.
    What to do: If you have pop-up blocker software, allow County web pages to open new (pop-up) windows. For example, the Google toolbar allows pop-up windows if the CTRL key is held down when clicking a link.

  • Browser settings
    Description: The interactive map window doesn't finish loading, or is stuck on 'Retrieving Data' with no map displayed.
    What to do: Enable JavaScript, show pictures, enable nonencrypted form data to be sent, allow popup windows.

  • Hidden windows
    Description: The information window does not display on the second or third time clicking on the map.
    What to do: The window with permit information may be hidden behind the window showing the map. Keep both windows visible to facilitate viewing for either one.

  • Error messages
    Description: A browser error message appears when clicking on the map that says "Unable to display MapService".
    What to do: Close the interactive map browser window and delete Temporary Internet Files from your system. Internet Explorer can do this under the 'Tools > Internet Options...' menu. The error message should not reappear the next time you open the interactive map.

If you are still experiencing technical problems, feel free to contact the Website Coordinator with questions or suggestions.

Bookmark / Favorites:

For quick access to the Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map, add this page to your favorites or bookmark list. Bookmarks to the interactive map directly may not work correctly.

Printing a Map:

For best results, choose 'Print Map' from the list of choices, located on the left side of the map. A new window with a map, legend, and title, suitable for printing will be displayed.

Printing directly from the interactive map window is not recommended and may print multiple pages (one for each frame), depending on your browser settings.


Snohomish County disclaims any warranty of merchantability or warranty of fitness of this data (or map) for any particular purpose, either express or implied. No representation or warranty is made concerning the accuracy, currency, completeness or quality of data depicted. Any user of this data (or map) assumes all responsibility for use thereof, and further agrees to hold Snohomish County harmless from and against any damage, loss, or liability arising from any use of this data (or map).
About the Flood Hazard map data

The map data used to represent flood hazards on this web site was obtained by Snohomish County from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency ( This information (Q3 flood data) is not actively maintained by Snohomish County and is provided as a guide to understanding. This information is not official and cannot be used to determine absolute delineations of flood risk boundaries.

FEMA recommends that users apply a 250-foot buffer outside the floodplain boundary line, due to the differences in map scale between flood data and background reference data.

Users may refer to the official hardcopy map if a site of interest falls in or near a designated flood hazard. Official maps are available at the Customer Service Counter of the Department of Planning and Development Services, on the second floor of the Snohomish County Administration Building East located at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington, 98201. Free 30-minute parking is available under the building.

Answers to FEMA's frequently asked questions about Flood Hazard Mapping are available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site.

About the Shoreline Environment map data

The OFFICIAL shoreline environment designation maps are available for review at the Customer Support Center in the Department of Planning and Development Services on the second floor of the Snohomish County Administration East Building located at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington, 98201. Free 30-minute parking is available under the building.

These maps are not surveys, nor an instrument to make definitive shoreline designation determinations. Water body features (rivers, streams, canals, etc.) have been partially revised to follow digital orthophotos and field observations by the County. The location and boundaries of environment designations have been interpreted based on geodatasets and the criteria for environment designations contained in the Shoreline Master Program. All geodatasets used to create these maps have spatial uncertainties, including this depiction of roads, waterbodies and/or shoreline features.

About the River Channel map data

The Rivers Channels subject to migration layer identifies the rivers and streams in Snohomish County where there is a possibility for channel migration to occur due to the forces of erosion and deposition (also referred to as the erosion hazard area).

The areas adjacent to these rivers are potentially at a high risk of occupation by a river channel within next 100 years.

The layer does not show the lateral extent of the channel migration zone, only the linear geographic extent where significant channel migration could occur. The detailed methodology for determining the lateral extent of the CMZ is contained in Section 2 of the Washington DNR Forest Practices Board Manual [WAC 222], adopted by reference in Section 30.62B.330(2)(a) SCC. GIS Division, Dept. of Information Services

Contact Information:

Send questions and comments to Planning & Development Services

Launch the Permit Map:

Click here to the Permit, Planning, and Zoning Map in a new browser window

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