Community Development Services

The mission of Kittitas County Community Development Services is to assist the citizens of Kittitas County in planning for the use and development of land and buildings while protecting public health and safety, sustaining a vibrant economy, promoting the conservation of natural resources, and protecting the environment.

2018 Building and Fire Codes Now In Effect

Kittitas County adopted the 2018 Building, Fire, Energy and related Codes and made them effective March 2, 2021. All new building and fire permit applications received on or after March 2nd will be administered under the 2018 Codes.

Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan - Community Visioning

Kittitas County Community Development Services held 6 public visioning meetings in February and March 2016 followed by a community visioning survey. These meetings and the survey are summarized in the Public Visioning Summary Report and the Addendum to Community Vision Report. The Addendum includes a draft Vision Statement for the 2037 Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan.

Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive Update - Approved

The State of Washington Department of Ecology announced final approval of the Kittitas County updated Shoreline Master Program in a letter to the Board of County Commissioners, dated February 22, 2016. The updated Shoreline Master Program effective date is March 7, 2016 - fourteen (14) days from the date of the Ecology approval letter.

SMP Resources

Inspection Hours

  • June - August: 7am to 4pm
  • September - May: 8am to 5pm (If our vehicles cannot safely make it to your project due to snow and ice in higher elevations, we will not perform the inspection. Please have all access roads and driveways plowed clear so we can get to the job site. We apologize but we cannot ride in your vehicles, all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles.)
  • For occupied residences and structures in use, an adult owner or representative must be present for us to enter the building to perform an inspection.


Kittitas County Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission Vacancies

Kittitas County is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Kittitas County Planning Commissi...

CDS to Resume Building Inspections

On Friday, April 24, 2020 Governor Inslee modified his stay at home order to allow certain construct...


Kittitas County Community Development Services
411 N Ruby ST, Suite 2
Ellensburg WA 98926


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Office Hours

Open Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM (Closed for Lunch from 12 PM - 1 PM Daily)
Permit Center and Courthouse closures