Planning and Building

Columbia County Planning and Building oversees county land use, zoning, comprehensive plan updates, and environmental uses. The department also provides building services for Columbia County, the City of Dayton, the Town of Waitsburg, the Town of Starbuck, and Garfield County.



Submit a Comprehensive Plan Docket item.  The deadline has ended for the 2023 docket cycle. Submissions for the 2024 annual review may be submitted at any time.

Projects Open to Public Comment

Comments on the below projects may be submitted in writing to the planning department (114 S. 2nd St.) or via email to

Notice of Intent to Adopt Amendments, 30-day Comment and Joint Public Hearing for the Periodic Update to the Southeast Washington Coalition Shoreline Master Program

Individuals may request special notification of applications, environmental checklists, determinations, notices, hearings and decisions regarding a specific proposal or proposal type by emailing


Pay for your permit online with a debit or credit card.

*Minimum $2 or 2.5% convenience fee applies.

We are continuously updating our website to better assist you. Please email Dena Martin at If you have questions regarding the Planning and Building Department website or if you have any comments on how we can make this resource more useful for you.