Commercial Permits

Online Permitting and Licensing Portal

As of November 1, 2021 the Planning and Licensing Division switched to an online digital process for permit and license application and issuance. Beginning on March 1, 2022 there will be a $50 processing fee for any emailed or paper applications or for documents that require scanning by the permitting staff.

Below is the Link to our Online Portal. It is here where you will be able to apply for permits or business licenses and follow up on the status of the permits. You will also be able to make your payments and schedule inspections here.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Public Portal (

As always, we will be available to answer any questions regarding the online process that you may have. We feel that this will help streamline the process and help to speed up the review process so we can get your permits to you quicker and more efficiently. Thank you for being patient with us during this transition time and we look forward to working with you as we move forward with our Online Portal.

Why is a permit required?

Building code permits help protect public safety, health and general welfare. The plan review and inspection process helps the permit holder to verify compliance with the current minimum requirements including but not limited to adequate light and ventilation, basic sanitation, energy conservation, fire and life safety, and structural strength and stability.

When is a permit required?

A commercial building permit is generally required when changes or alterations are made to a commercial and/or multi-family building or when any new construction is undertaken. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing work also require permits. A permit may also be required to turn utilities back on after a fire. Our 'Construction Exempt from Building Permit' guide provides a reference for basic exemptions.

All projects, whether they need a permit or not, must comply with the adopted building codes and regulations and the Swinomish Tribal Code.

Many projects require a commercial building permit. If you're not sure if a permit is required, please contact the Planning Office by emailing or calling (360) 466-7280.

Affidavit of Construction Cost
Building (new, remodel, addition)
Excavation and Grading
Land Clearing
Major Development
Mechanical and Plumbing
Shorelines and Sensitive Areas
TEPA Environmental Checklist
Other Environmental permits
Tideland Lease
Lot Line Adjustment Application
Permit Application Policy Form
Commercial Permit Submittal Requirements (coming soon)
Site Plan Requirements
Construction Exempt from Building Permit

Schedule of Fees

How we work with Skagit County

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Skagit County was adopted in 1998. The MOU represents the good faith commitments between the Tribe and County for the administration of cooperative land use planning and regulation. PDF_icon_sm Download the MOU policy

Commercial Permits


Main Phone (360) 466.7280
Fax (360) 466.1615
Inspections (360) 466.7310

Wendi Martin
Permit Technician
(360) 466.1634

Rebecca Villaluz
Associate Planner
(360) 466.7309

Tara Satushek
Planning Manager
(360) 466.5318

Zam DeShields
Planning Director


11367 Moorage Way
LaConner, WA 98257


Mon-Wed | 8-6 PM
Thurs |
8-5:30 PM