The Development Services Department provides direction to its operating divisions, with emphasis on customer responsiveness and operational efficiency. Development Services partners with other departments and agencies to stimulate economic growth, create new jobs and plan for long-term development in the city.


The Building Division provides permitting, plan review and inspections for residential and commercial building projects in Richland. This includes plumbing, mechanical, and structural work for new construction and remodels.


The Planning Division is responsible for the implementation and update of the City's Comprehensive Plan as well as the administration of development codes.


The Housing Division administers Richland's Down Payment assistance for first time home buyers and the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. In addition Richland is the lead agency for the Tri-Cities HOME Consortium.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Division provides information and resources to new and established businesses and supports business activities within Richland. Information on city owned property for sale and locating in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park, Business Park and Commercial Center is available through the Economic Development Office.