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Because the process involves three City Council meetings plus a 45-day BRB review period, annexations usually take 5 to 6 months to complete. The amount of time you need to obtain the necessary signatures is in addition to the process time.
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The City Council can review requests for annexation any time during the calendar year. Property must be within Arlington’s Urban Growth Area (UGA), as established by Snohomish County. State law prohibits annexations outside the UGA. If property is not within the UGA, property owner(s) must first petition Snohomish County to have the property included in the UGA. Once it is included in the UGA, the City can act on an annexation request.
There are several steps in the annexation process. Prior to submitting your request for annexation, your first step should be to schedule a meeting with staff in the Planning Division. They will help you determine whether you are within the City of Arlington’s UGA. If you are within the Urban Growth Area (UGA), they will assist you in determining the best boundaries as well as provide the information you need for your submittal and an indication of staff recommendation on the proposal. You can then proceed with the next step.
If you are not within the UGA, you must take steps to have the UGA boundary revised to include your property. This is done through Snohomish County’s Planning and Development Services Department, which is located in the County Administration Building at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett; their phone number is 425-388-3311. Please note that we are revising many of our forms and those listed may not be available at this time. If a form link does not work please contact the Permit Center at 360-403-3551 for assistance.
For the 10% petition, you will need to submit the following to the City of Arlington Planning Division:
For the 60% (or 50%/50%) petition, you will need to submit the following to the Arlington Planning Division:
Please refer to the current fee schedule for costs for processing an annexation. These amounts are in addition to any cost you may incur in preparing the paperwork required for your submittal.