Permit Center

The Permit Center is responsible for overseeing and managing permit intake, review, tracking, and issuing land use, building and construction permits ranging from simple, same-day permits to permits for complex development projects.

The type of permit you need to execute your project will depend on what type of project you are working on. The Permit Center has staff from Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments available to answer questions and guide you through the application process.

Our purpose is to streamline the permit process for businesses, developers, and residents, as well as preserve and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment, contributing to Burien's quality of life.

Service Update

We are going “paperless” to help the environment! What this means for our customers:

  • All land use applications will be submitted digitally. Please use the fillable application forms from our website.
  • Site plans will be submitted in CAD (Computer Aided Design) format with digital copies of supporting reports and documents.
  • Assistance may be provided for less complex permit application submittals to be determined on a case by case basis.

Updated December 29, 2021

Permit Center Hours

In an effort to slowdown the transmission of the omicron variant of COVID-19, the City of Burien is closing City buildings to the public December 23, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Learn more.

In-person Service Hours (temporarily suspended)

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Telephone and Email Service Hours

Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Permit Center Closed Daily, noon – 1:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Building Division

Planning Division

Public Works Department

Call Us

 (206) 241-4647