Laws & Regulations

In the City of Burien, federal, state, and local laws help protect the health and safety of Burien residents. Construction codes, fire codes, zoning regulations, and other regulations ensure buildings and businesses are safe and healthy.

The City Attorney is the legal advisor to the City Council and City departments, and is responsible for:

  • Drafting city ordinances (laws) and resolutions and contracts for Council consideration;
  • Prosecuting violations of local ordinances in King County District Court;
  • Serving as risk management for the City of Burien.

The City of Burien Code Compliance Officer enforces Burien Municipal Code regulations related to building, zoning, land use, and nuisance code violations, generally through a complaint-generated system.

Zoning laws specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities may take place. The Planning Commission and City Council address and approve changes to our zoning code.