The goal of this section is to help farmers understand County regulations that most often affect them, and to learn which permits might be needed for something they intend to do on their property.
Regulatory Boundary Map for Agriculture
The location of your farm makes a big difference in how regulations may affect you. This map will help you find out which key regulatory boundaries your property lies within.
Helpful Tips on Obtaining Permits for Agricultural Activities
Get basic information about obtaining a permit. Bulletins that give you additional information on structures and businesses include:
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 1 - Permits for Agricultural Activities (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 2 - Farmland Enterprises (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 3 - Farm Bakery (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 4 - Recreational Facility Not Otherwise Listed on A-10 Zoned Agriculture Land (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 5 - Farm Support Business (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 6 - Farm Kitchen (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 7 - Farm Stand (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 8 - Farm Product Processing (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 9 - Farmers' Market (PDF)
- Agriculture Bulletin No. 10 - Public Events and Assemblies on Farmland (PDF)
- Agricultural Activities and Farm Related Business Submittal Checklist (PDF)
- County Offers Three Types of Permits Online (PDF)
Three Commonly Required Land Use Permits
This section presents background information on three commonly required land use permits. Farms situated near shorelines and floodplains may require all three. The timeframe for obtaining permits depends on a number of variables. Please ask the county agriculture planner for an estimate for your project.
The Unified Development Code
The Unified Development Code (UDC) is the section of the Snohomish County Code that provides a unified set of standards and procedures to regulate building and land development within unincorporated Snohomish County. Simplified explanations of the most common permits and sections of the code relating to agriculture are contained in this section of the Focus on Farming website.
Contact Our Agriculture Planner
Please contact Land Development Specialist Jennifer Lenz via email or at ext. 2823 regarding your specific permitting questions. You may use the talk to text system by calling 425-388-3700.
State of Washington Requirements
The State of Washington may also have requirements affecting your planned activity. For example, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has rules about poultry processing plants, and the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has rules about lagoons.