Building & Planning


Building Department: The Town of Woodway’s building policies were developed to preserve the Town of Woodway’s natural and scenic character, park-like atmosphere, and the privacy of individual residences; to preserve and protect the existing and future neighborhoods through strict enforcement of the building regulations; and to allow for innovation and flexibility in the design of single family homes while preserving the character, natural environment including the urban forests, bluff, tidelands and stream corridors, and environmentally sensitive areas of the Town.

Construction Hours: per WMC 6.08.031 B, sounds originating from construction sites as a result of normal, routine construction activity are exempt from the noise ordinance between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.


Due to limited staffing, permits are only processed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Permits are not processed on Monday, Thursdays, or Fridays. Staff is available to assist with questions and submittals during the times below.

Walk-ins: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Appointments: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All appointments must be made by 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Submittals: Submittals are accepted electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at They will be reviewed/processed in the order received on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Please call Town Hall at (206) 542-4443 with questions or to make a permit appointment. 

Please note: the International Residential Code (IRC) section R105.2.1 Emergency repairs states, "Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official." As an example: if your furnace quits working, you can have it replaced before the next permit processing day (Tuesday), as long as you or your contractor submit a permit application the next working business day (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday). Be aware that projects that include installing equipment on the property (outside the house), such as a heat pump, are subject to review by the Building Official. If you have an emergency replacement of such equipment, you will want to carefully review your setbacks and ensure that the equipment is not installed in the setback, or you may be required to relocate it.

Woodway has a new process for requesting an inspection. Click here to request an inspection.

Planning Department: As stated in the Comprehensive Plan, Woodway seeks to preserve its unparalleled physical setting and its compatible single family neighborhoods. The Town’s land use goals and policies outline the desire to preserve the character, natural environment and environmentally sensitive areas of the Town while being consistent with the requirements of State law and Town regulations.

Please see the land use permit procedures section of the Woodway Municipal Code for more detailed information.

Click here to read the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, adopted the plan on June 1, 2015.

Staff Contact Information:

Tom Phillips
Building Official
(206) 786-4802 Mobile phone

Scott Dorrance
Building Inspector
(425) 790-6600 Mobile phone - Available Tuesday through Thursday

Kim Sullivan
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer / Permit Technician
(206) 542-4443


Woodway contracts for engineering and planning services. Contact information and the consultant fee schedule is available at Town Hall.

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