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Business, Building & Development

Content under this menu is managed by different departments depending on whether the property development is publicly or privately owned. These departments work together to help in the success of the projects, especially when there might be some overlap in content and practices. 

Department Descriptions and Roles

Community Development

The Community Development Department assist residents and businesses through the provision of a variety of programs and services that support private development, promotes safe housing, and encourages quality of life throughout the community.  The Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Sustainability Commission, Architectural Review Board and the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council.

Economic Development

The City of Kent is dedicated to serving the needs of our diverse business community by providing an economic environment whereby your business may grow and prosper. To this end, the Economic Development Program works to promote the maintenance and expansion of the local economic base and your investment in Kent. It is through this joint effort between the public and private sectors that the economic health of Kent is maintained. Visit our Business Resources page for more information.


The Engineering Division is part of the Service Department and is responsible for planning and implementing the city's capital improvement projects. The Division also maintains the standards for infrastructure construction, infrastructure records, and provides inspection services for all public and private construction within the City of Kent. Visit the current projects and completed projects pages to find out what's new.

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