King County plans to cut waits for building permits

October 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 17 2010

The long waits for King County environmental and building permits should shrink Monday, as the county permitting agency adopts a more user-friendly policy.

Beginning Monday, the county Department of Development and Environmental Services will provide same-day or “over-the-counter” reviews for many permit types.

The “over-the-counter” permits include small residential remodels, tenant improvements to commercial spaces, building additions, decks, seismic retrofits and others. Complex development proposals still require appointments.

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