The City of Mountlake Terrace has been a regional proponent for affordable housing and was instrumental in the formation of the Alliance for Housing Affordability (AHA). The AHA is a consortium of 13 jurisdictions in Snohomish County that seek to identify the issues, impediments and successful approaches to addressing the current and future needs for affordable housing at all income levels.Housing for people is the foundation of any community. This page is intended to serve as an informative location for:
  • Building permits needed to make repairs, improvements and additions to your residence - including interior remodels, decks, sheds and fences;
  • Long-range comprehensive planning the City engages in with respect to housing issues;
  • Some housing options available in the City such as accessory dwelling units and cottage housing;
  • Tenant and landlord rights related to the lease or purchase of housing;
  • What fair housing hopes to accomplish; and
  • Local resources for affordable housing.

Building Permits

The City of Mountlake Terrace requires permits for remodeling activities. Application for permits and land use approval as well as checklists are located here.

Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan contains a Housing Element that summarizes key housing information within the City of Mountlake Terrace. Select household characteristics, housing stock, housing affordability, and housing needs are included. The element contains goals and policies to support a diversity of housing types, satisfying a range of household incomes. This assures that housing and neighborhoods are attractive and that housing has walking access to transportation and community services.