What is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)?
SEPA is the process where additional Environmental review is completed for land use projects meeting state defined criteria. The process allows a county, city or town to require additional environmental protective measures beyond existing regulatory requirements.
The appropriate building official determines if a SEPA review is required.
How does SEPA work?A land use application is submitted to a county or city building official (Lead Agency). If the proposed land use meets state defined criteria, the building official sends a SEPA Checklist to all interested parties (Consulting Agencies) to review for environmental concerns.
The Checklist is a summary of the project proposed for development (i.e. plats, commercial buildings, or other projects that might cause harm to the environment).
The building official prepares the comments for review by a Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner can assign additional environmental protective requirements.