Tools and Resources

Surface Water Design and Construction

City of Kirkland surface water (storm drainage) design and construction standards, manuals, and guidelines for development activity.  Low Impact Development (LID) guidance is also available.  


Public Works Department Pre-Approved Plans

Public Works Department Pre-Approved Plans are to be referred to by any individual or company designing, constructing or maintaining water, sewer, storm drainage, or street improvements in the City of Kirkland. 

Survey Control

 To obtain Survey Control Data information, visit Kirkland Maps Interactive Map and use the following steps:

  • To activate the Survey control layer:  On the left is a list of Layers.  Click the “+” next to the Base Map Layer so that it expands down.  Check the box next to Survey Control.  You should see colored data points.
  • You can use the Zoom and Pan buttons to get to your location; or, on the top bar, click Tasks, then use the Address, PIN, or Intersection buttons to go to your location (this will open another tab next to the Layers tab).
  • Click the Identify button, then click the colored data point in question.  The Identify Results on the left will show “Survey Control”.  Click the arrow by it, and then there will be a brief description of the survey control point, and a link to a .pdf Survey Control Data Sheet that you can save or print.  You’ll need to click the Identify button each time you want to identify a point.

 For further information or assistance, contact Public Works Engineering at 425-587-3800.

General Survey Control Information

 The City of Kirkland maintains a variety of land survey records that may be of interest to the engineering and surveying communities. The single largest piece of this archive is a table completed in 2002 containing detailed horizontal control information for Public Land Survey System (PLSS) sections within or adjacent to the city limits. In 2008 vertical elevation benchmarks were established using 2nd Order Class I Specifications and Procedures. The observed elevations were determined holding the elevation of City of Bellevue Benchmark Number 89. The PLSS survey records, a compilation of work by several licensed land surveyors over a period of years, conform to the following specifications:

  • Include metadata
  • Units are U.S. Survey Foot, in some cases calculated from meters
  • Coordinates are expressed as latitude/longitude as well as Washington State Plane Coordinate System, North Zone
  • Reference ellipsoid is Geodetic Reference System 1980 [GRS 80]
  • Horizontal datum is North American Datum of 1983(1991), [NAD 83/91], based on High Accuracy Reference Network [HARN] as stipulated by Washington State statute.
  • Vertical datum is North American Vertical Datum of 1988 [NAVD 88]
  • Section centers are calculated as the straight-line intersection of opposing quarter-section positions, or other applicable, accepted survey profession procedures. Section centers have not been exhaustively researched in regard to recorded surveys that reference established monuments as the “center of section.”
  • Lakefront PLSS positions including historic meander corners are incomplete and poorly monumented, and have been established largely by calculation using applicable, accepted survey profession procedures.
  • Sources for values in this table include the City of Bellevue, King County, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and various private licensed surveyors.

Other survey records in the City’s archive include record drawings and King County Department of Assessments maps that frequently contain original field survey information and/or final boundary information and corner coordinates as adjusted. Users should note that there was no single, consistent source of vertical control for the City of Kirkland in the past. Individual developments often utilized project datums for topographic and engineering surveys, in some cases tying these to selected bench marks maintained by the State of Washington within the Interstate Route 405 right-of-way. For both horizontal and vertical control, it is suggested that all users of City survey records review these sources carefully to determine suitability for a given application.


  • Kirkland Maps (online mapping system) - Enter a PIN (parcel Identification Number) or address for specific property information such as:
  • City property and permitting
  • Zoning and land use
  • Utilities
  • Topography
  • Critical areas
  • Maps - View a variety of Geographic Information System maps

Business District Design Guidelines

If a development proposal is located within one of the City's business districts, design review may be required. Refer to the Design Guidelines for each design district to review the overall urban design policies for each area.  The Design Review Board reviews projects for consistency with the applicable design guidelines.



Green and Energy Programs

Green Tools Program of King County

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

WSU Energy Program - Residential Energy Information

NEEA- Commercial Energy Information

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency - Information on asbestos, fireplaces and other regulations for air quality