Grade, Fill or Clear My Property

Grading and Filling Your Property

Grading is the movement of dirt, both cut (removal of dirt from an area) and fill (placement of dirt in an area). Grading also refers to stump removal during logging operations. If you are doing any of these for your project, you will need to know the volume of dirt you will be moving. The following volumes require a Site Development Activity Permit:

  • 150 – 499 cubic yards – Site Development Activity Permit Grading 1

  • 500 – 4,999 cubic yards – Site Development Activity Permit Grading 2

  • 5,000 cubic yards and greater – Site Development Activity Permit Grading 3

If you disturb more than 7,000 square feet of ground area a Site Development Activity Permit will be required for your project, regardless of the volume of dirt moved.

There are additional considerations that may warrant applying for a Site Development Activity Permit, such as creating or developing on slopes, creating water impoundment, altering drainage (including drainage entering or exiting property), construction in a critical drainage area, or where drainage may contribute to existing drainage problems. 

We are here to help! If you have questions about when an Site Development Activity Permit application is needed, please contact us at (360) 337-5777 or help@kitsap1.com.


Clearing Trees 

If the project includes the removal of trees, please see the tree removal information below. If there are critical areas on the property, please refer to: Protect My Natural Environment page.

Depending on the proposed tree clearing, a permit may be required. Below are the Community Development tree clearing permits that may be required for your project. To identify whether a permit required and which permit fits your project, you will need to know the following information about your proposed clearing project:

  • If the proposed clearing is within a tree length and a half of an existing/proposed structure
  • If there are any critical areas or adjacent buffers on this or adjacent parcels
  • The estimated volume of the tree clearing (measured in board feet; a contractor or arborist can estimate)
  • If the project includes the disturbance of groundcover vegetation or stump removal and the square footage of the disturbance.

If you are unsure of what permit to apply for, contact staff at (360) 337-5777.

Danger Tree Site Evaluation Permit

The Danger Tree Removal is designed for projects that propose to remove tree(s) that are a danger to an existing structure or proposed structure (located within a tree length and a half of the structure). There are criteria for each tree removal permit.


View Enhancement Site Evaluation Permit

The View Enhancement Site Evaluation Permit is designed for cutting, trimming or removing trees to create or maintain a view.


Timber Harvest Permit

The Timber Harvest Permit has two different levels (Minor & Major).

Examples of a Timber Harvest - Minor - tree clearing of 5 acres or less, tree clearing for a Single Family Residence (SFR) on one tax account number with no critical areas, tree clearing in association with a Site Development Activity Permit (SDAP)

Examples of a Timber Harvest - Major - tree clearing of more than 5 acres, large scale commercial timber operations, properties with critical areas (including clearing for a SFR)


Contact Us! 

help@kitsap1.com (360) 337-5777 

619 Division St. Port Orchard, WA 98366

Planners & Review Staff Available:

Monday - Friday  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Permit Technicians & General Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm   

Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Need more assistance? We are here to help!


Related Links:

Protect My Natural Environment

Required Permit Questionnaire - Start here to apply!

Online Permitting Resources

Parcel Search (interactive map)

Parcel Details

Site Development Activity Brochure [pdf]