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Development Services
Welcome to the City of Mount Vernon Development Services Department. Our staff includes land use planners, engineering plan reviewers, building inspectors, code compliance personnel, and permit technicians who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Our staff is trained in both code administration and permitting processes; and it is our commitment to provide our customers with exceptional service.

The Development Services office is located on the first floor of the Mount Vernon City Hall. Office hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday; however, permits are required to be submitted no later than 4 pm each day.  We have many resources available to the public both at the counter and on our website.

Who We Are & What We Do

Under the direction of Chris Phillips, the Development Services Department provides vision, leadership, initiative, management, and coordination to implement the goals for citywide development, neighborhood revitalization, and expansion set by the Mayor and City Council. This department also analyzes legislation and coordinates the city's response regarding regional, state, and federal legislative issues that affect Mount Vernon.

This department is structured to accommodate all aspects of development activity.  We work with neighborhoods, businesses, and other public partners to enhance the economic prosperity, vitality and overall quality of life of our community.

Vision & Mission Statement
The City of Mount Vernon's Development Services Department is dedicated to being the best. We work together to accomplish the goals of the whole community, and go the extra mile to educate, streamline processes, encourage solution-oriented decisions, and provide timely and predictable permit processing. We hold ourselves, and our applicants, responsible for developments that enhance the quality of life in our community.

Office Hours:


Permits accepted 8 am to 4 pm

City Hall, First Floor
910 Cleveland Avenue
P.O. Box 809
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Phone Numbers:

Main Office:
(360) 336-6214


(360) 336-6243

(360) 336-6283

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