Submitting Documents to the State

The following page contains our guidelines and interactive software for submitting documents to the Department of Commerce for the Growth Management Act and related planning laws. 

Washington State Capitol building

Requirements and Procedures for Providing Notice

Cities and counties must notify the Department of Commerce, at least 60 days in advance, of their intent to adopt comprehensive plan and development regulation amendments. Cities and counties must also provide notice of adoption within ten days of final adoption for these changes.

Subscribe to the PlanView Database & Secure Access Washington systems

Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to offer our PlanView system. This system allows counties and cities to submit and track amendment notices submitted to state agencies for your comprehensive plan or development regulation amendments online, with or without a user account.

To setup your Commerce PlanView Account:

  1. Register for a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account and add the PlanView Service.
  2. Submit a PlanView System Access Request Form (WORD).

Upon approval, you will receive a welcome email. User manuals are in the Helpful Links to the right.

Types of notices that may be submitted through PlanView:

  • 60-day notice of intent to adopt amendments
  • Requests for Expedited Review/Notice of intent to Adopt Amendments (Only Available for Development Regulations)
  • Supplemental Submittal for Existing Notice of Intent to Adopt Amendments
  • Notice of Final Adoption


If you don’t have a PlanView system account, you may submit your Amendments and request an account to be able to track your submittal.

Sign In

Sign-in via Secure Access Washington (SAW) to get the full experience. 

Submitting by Email:

Fill out the cover sheet (Word) and attach it, along with a copy of your submittal to:

What to expect from Commerce?

Building Washington’s future requires effective coordination between state and local government. The citizens of Washington expect state and local government to work together in achieving the results of good government. This is why state and local governments are committed to an effective, on-going dialog on land use and development issues of mutual concern.

Correspondence Principles:

State agencies, in cooperation with the Washington State Association of Counties and the Association of Washington Cities, developed a set of principles defining how to achieve a collaborative relationship between state and local government. The following principles governing state agency correspondence establish the expectations for this collaboration:

Quick Links

Helpful links

Need help?

Department of Commerce Review Team (PlanView)

Agency Contacts:

Dave Andersen, AICP Managing Director
Department of Commerce

Washington Conservation Commission

Don Gourlie, Environmental Planner
Puget Sound Partnership

Tim Gates, Policy and Operations Manager – SEA Program
Department of Ecology

Kara Whittaker, Land Use Conservation & Policy Manager
Department of Fish and Wildlife

Joe Laxon, Policy Director
Department of Health

Marrisa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer
Department of Natural Resources

Kerri Woehler, Director of Multimodal Planning & Data
Department of Transportation