State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

What is it?

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is legislation that allows local governments to identify and mitigate possible environmental impacts of certain projects.

SEPA review may be required if you project involves:

  • New buildings
  • Change of use
  • Grading
  • New parking
  • Work within the Shoreline or other critical areas
When completing SEPA review we will make a determination of significance, determination of non-significance or determine the project is exempt from SEPA review based on the scope and proposed impacts of your project. 

If a determination of significance is made, then SEPA review will be completed through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS review process requires a number of additional steps and review requirements. In most cases, a determination of non-significance means that your project may have impacts, but those impacts may be mitigated by conditions we placed on the project. 

For more detailed information about SEPA see the SEPA Information Tip Sheet and to learn more about the SEPA Environmental Checklist see the SEPA Checklist Tip Sheet.

Is your project exempted from SEPA Review?
We have established exemption thresholds noted in the Redmond Zoning Code section 21.70.090, review this document and determine if your project falls within anyone of these. If so, then your project is exempt from SEPA Review.

How Much Does it Cost?

Our review fee is a flat fee and is established within the Development Review Fee Schedule. An initial fee is required to be paid at the time of application submittal. All associated fees can be found on the Fee Schedule A-Z page within the fee schedule noted below.
Development Review Permit Fees or the Permit Fee index 

How Long Does It Take?

How long it takes us to complete our review of your proposal depends on several factors, including the:
  • Complexity of your proposal
  • Quality of your plans and project documentation
  • Timely response to correction letters and requests for further information
  • Public interest   

Steps to Get Your Application Approved

1. Research
Find your property information. Research your site to help you plan your project. Use our Property Viewer Interactive Map to find zoning and critical areas information.
Determine restrictions to your project. Research the Redmond Zoning Code to determine standards that will apply to your proposal.

State Environmental Policy Act (RZC 21.70)
Critical Areas Ordinance (RZC 21.64)
2. Start the Application Process.
Apply for an application.
Get an application number by submitting your application to the Development Services Center.  You will need to provide the SEPA Application Form, SEPA/CAO Worksheet, an the City of Redmond Environmental Checklist and any reference materials noted within the checklist.  
SEPA Application Form 
Project Action - Environmental Checklist
Non Project Action - Environmental Checklist   
Greenhouse Gas Emission Worksheet     
Prepare your plans and technical documents. Plans and technical documents must be electronic.
Reference Map - Bear Evans Creek Watershed Map  
Tip Sheet – SEPA  
Tip Sheet – SEPA Checklist 

3. Submit Application
Schedule an intake appointment. In most cases, the SEPA documentation will be submitted with the land use application. To submit a land use application call 425-556-2494 to schedule an intake appointment at the Development Services Center. Application submittals are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Pay fee. Application fees are due at application submittal.
Wait for public notice. We will issue a public notice for your project as required by RZC 21.76.080. You are responsible for installing a yellow public notice board.  The City will work with you to determine when and where the sign needs to be installed.  We’ll consider all public comments during the 14-day public comment period.
Yellow Public Notice Board Instructions         
Submit an appeal. If you or a member of the public disagrees with our determination, you may file an appeal with the Office of the City Clerk within 14 days from when we publish our decision.