Hearing Examiner


The Hearing Examiner regular meeting on November 13, 2023 at 6:00 pm is cancelled.  Regular meetings will be conducted in person in the City Council Chambers and online via a virtual meeting platform.

Submitting Written Comments

  • The City asks all members of the public that would like to comment regarding the Public Hearing to fill out an online form at https://www.go2kennewick.com/HEPublicComment no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2023 to be included in the Hearing Examiner packet for the record.
  • Interested parties may also submit written comments to steve.donovan@ci.kennewick.wa.us P.O. Box 6108, Kennewick, WA 99336; or e-mail  no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2023 to be included in the Hearing Examiner packet for the record.

Comment or View the Meeting Online

If you wish to comment or view the Public Hearing online, please register here: 

Registration Link

Registrations must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Regular Meeting

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday of every month
  • Kennewick City Hall
    210 W 6th Avenue
    Council Chambers
    Kennewick, WA 99336

Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure

The Hearing Examiner shall:

  • Receive and examine available information
  • Conduct open record appeal hearings or open record public hearings
  • Prepare a record thereof
  • Enter findings of fact and conclusions based upon these facts, which conclusions shall represent the final action on the application, unless appealed further to superior court, as specified in this section

Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure

Open Record Hearings

Appeal Hearings

Open record appeal hearings on the following applications and / or administrative decisions:
  • Accessory Apartment
  • Additional Animals
  • Administrative land use determinations
  • Business license denials & revocations
  • Comparable Use
  • Conditional Use Permit
  • Home Occupation
  • Lot Line Adjustment
  • Manufactured Housing In-fill
  • Parcel Combination
  • SEPA determinations
  • Short Plat
  • Sign permit
  • Site Plan Approval

Open Record Hearings

Open record public hearings on the following applications:
  • Planned Development Permits
  • Preliminary Plats
  • Shoreline Permits
  • Variance
  • Other matters as may be designated by the Council