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 within the link to the left. 

Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan contains a Housing Element (chapter) that summarizes key housing information within the City of Mountlake Terrace. Select household characteristics, the 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.

Fair Housing
Fair housing laws apply to any type of housing that is sold, leased or rented. The information on this webpage is intended to provide an overview of fair housing laws and some helpful resources.