Planning & Building Department

The City of Lake Forest Park Planning and Building Department reviews and issues construction and land use permits and advises the Planning Commission, hearing examiner, City Council, and the public on planning and building projects. Our goal is to foster a vibrant Lake Forest Park by guiding economic growth and promoting healthy neighborhoods while preserving our natural environment.


  • Encouraging development that minimizes impact to the environment and that is in harmony with natural and neighborhood settings
  • Facilitating compliance with the Washington State Growth Management Act
  • Fostering a strong sense of community by managing growth and encouraging opportunities for citizen interaction
  • Providing information to citizens, developers, and property owners and assistance with land use and development in Lake Forest Park


  • Steve Bennett, Director, Phone: 206-957-2812, Email
  • Nick Holland, Senior Planner, Phone: 206-957-2832, Email
  • Lauren Hoerr, Assistant Planner, Phone: 206-957-2837, Email
  • Calvin Killman, Building Official, Phone: 206-957-2815, Email
  • Deborah Kular, Permit Coordinator, Phone: 206-957-2813, Email
  • Ashley Adams, City Arborist, Phone: 206-957-2804, Email