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The Planning Division implements land use provisions contained within the County's Comprehensive Plan (including the Carson, Swift, and West End subarea plans) and the County's land use regulations (including the Zoning, Critical Areas, Shoreline, and National Scenic Area codes).


Current Planning

Planners review developments proposals for consistency with applicable land use regulations. They assist the Building Division by reviewing building permits, and they are the lead reviewers for development projects such as subdivisions, short plats and boundary line adjustments, grading, clearing, filling, and forestry conversions. Staff members also conduct on-site inspections and code enforcement investigations related to land use violations.

Long Range Planning

The Planning Department also works with the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners to review and update the County's Comprehensive Plan and land use regulations consistent with community needs and desires. State requirements require regular reviews and updates to the County's Shoreline and Critical Areas regulations to ensure consistency with state regulations. Changes to land use regulations requires approval of the Board of County Commissioners after review by the Planning Commission.


Contacting the Planning Division

You can reach the Planning Division by calling (509) 427-3900 or by email at permitcenter@co.skamania.wa.us. 

Visit us in person at the Skamania County Courthouse Annex at 170 NW Vancouver Ave in Stevenson, Washington. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

You'll want to talk to a Planner if you:

  • Want to subdivide your property
  • Want to operate a business on your property
  • Are interested in environmental issues or want to check recent SEPA Threshold Determinations
  • Want to check on current Public Hearing Notices
  • Want to download a land use application
  • Want to explore long range plans for Skamania County
  • Have questions related to planning issues
  • Frequently Asked Questions?