Residential 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?

Many projects require a Swinomish permit before beginning the work. Permits and inspections help preserve property values and enhance health and safety of the community.

When is a permit required?

Permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or demolish a building or structure, to change the use of a building, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system. Permits are required to be obtained prior to beginning any work. In situations when replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted to the Planning Department on the next business day. 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 permit. If you're not sure if a permit is required, please contact the Planning Office by emailing or calling (360) 466-7280.

Accessory Dwelling Unit
Affidavit of Construction Cost
Building (new, remodel, addition)
Excavation and Grading
Land Clearing
Mechanical and Plumbing
On-Site Septic
Shorelines and Sensitive Areas
TEPA Environmental Checklist
Other Environmental Permits
Agent Authorization Form
Burn Permit
Lot Line Adjustment Application
Application Requirements
Deck Construction Guide
Construction Exempt from Building Permit
Site Plan Requirements
Stormwater Minimum Requirements

Schedule of Fees
Fee Estimation Tool (coming soon)

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

Residential 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