Applications / Permits

Land Use Application Forms: 

SEPA Environmental Checklist Form

Environmental review under SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) is required for most medium to large projects. The  SEPA Checklist  is required.

Non-project actions, such as zone changes, also require the supplemental sheets (PDF).


 Please refer to Moses Lake Municipal Code: 19.03.080   

All development proposals located within resource lands or critical areas shall comply with the provisions of this chapter, including but not exclusive to:

A. Building permit for any new construction

B. Any shoreline management permit as authorized under RCW 90.58.

C. Site plan review

D. Subdivision, short subdivision, planned unit development, or binding site plan 

E. Zoning variance or conditional use permit (Ord. 2134, 11/11/03; Ord. 1532, 1992) 


Site Analysis:

When an application for development, permit, or license is received by the city, the application shall indicate whether any resource land or critical area is located on the site. The Community Development Director or the director’s designee shall inspect the site and evaluate the information provided by the applicant. The Community Development Director or director’s designee shall evaluate the proposal and make a determination if a site study analysis is required. If it is determined that a site study analysis is required, the Community Development Director shall notify the applicant in writing of the required study. A site study analysis shall include a comprehensive site inventory and analysis, a discussion of the potential impacts from the proposed development and specific measures or alternatives designed to mitigate any potential adverse impacts of the applicant’s proposal on and off-site. (Ord. 2481, 6/23/09; Ord. 2134, 11/11/03; Ord. 1532, 1992)

Shoreline Permit Form & JARPA

Shoreline Permits require a Shoreline Permit Application (PDF) in addition to the Land Use Application.

Amend Comprehensive Plan Application

The Comprehensive Plan can be amended only once per year. The deadline to submit applications (PDF) for a calendar year is March 31 of that year.

Notice Board Specifications & Affidavit of Posting

Most land use applications require the application to post a notice board on the project site. The Notice Board Specifications (PDF) detail the information and formatting of the notice board.

After the applicant installs a notice board, a signed and notarized Affidavit of Posting (PDF) is required.

Sidewalk Use License

Certain structures and items, such as food service tables, decorations, and kiosks, may be allowed on a public sidewalk in front of a business with an approved sidewalk use license and $1,000,000 liability and property damage insurance policy. The application (PDF) and use fees depend on the type and size of item or structure being placed.

Sign Placement - City Property

The Moses Lake City Council has determined to allow the placement of signs including political and campaign signs on some city-owned, meaning deeded property and city leased property and adjacent right-of-way. Please read the Sign Placement Standards Policy (PDF) before completing the Moses Lake Sign Placement Agreement. (PDF) Location Map (PDF)