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State Environmental Policy Act

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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.   

Who are our SEPA customers? 

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Questions?

Email or call Erica Welborn at (253) 798-4705.