How do I know if I can build what I want?

If you’re unsure about what is allowed in the area that your property is located, first take a look at a zoning map and determine which zone your property is in. Then you may go to that zoning section of the Anacortes Municipal Code and check the permitted uses and conditional uses. If you’re still unsure, check with staff in the Planning Division. 

If you’re more concerned about complications, requirements, and cost of what you want to build, you may apply for a pre-application conference. In a pre-application conference, members of several departments including the Building Division, Planning Division, Public Works, Fire, and Water Departments will review your proposal and provide feedback. You may find the application form under "Applications, Forms, & Checklists", and the meetings are usually scheduled roughly two weeks in advance, taking place on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. There is currently no fee to apply.  Click here for a link to the forms:  APPLICATIONS & FORMS - LAND USE

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1. What is the permitting process for new buildings, additions, and remodels?
2. Having a garage sale or yard sale?
3. How long are building permits good for?
4. Do I Need a Permit?
5. What are the allowable hours of operation for contractors building residential multi-family units?
6. What happens if I build without a permit?
7. Can I build a "tiny home"?
8. Can I build a "mother-in-law" suite?
9. How do I know if I can build what I want?
10. How much will a permit cost?