All building permits are issued by the City of East Wenatchee or Douglas County Transportation & Land Services.

The Planning Division is responsible for Long-Range Planning and Current Planning. The division provides professional support to the East Wenatchee Planning Commission and Hearing Examiner. Planning also undertakes special projects assigned by the East Wenatchee City Mayor and Council. 

Long-Range Planning staff ensures that local plans and regulations are in compliance with the state's Growth Management Act in addition to addressing other state, federal and local issues facing the future of the City and the urban growth area. Long-Range Planning generally includes the following activities:

Comprehensive Plan Amendments:

  • Area-Wide Zone changes
  • Development Regulation Adoption
  • Capital Facilities Planning
  • Annexations

Current Planning staff provides assistance to land owners wishing to build, divide or develop their land by interpreting land use code requirements and assisting with the various application processes. The staff is responsible for implementing the City's development regulations and generally includes the following activities:

Conditional Use Permits:

  • Land division applications (Short Plat, Major Subdivision, Binding Site Plans, Boundary Line Adjustments)
  • Variance applications
  • Reviewing project compliance with city ordinances: zoning, subdivision, landscape and screening, signs, parking, stormwater, flood hazard prevention, resource lands and critical areas, and environmental review.