Buildings other than single family and duplexes, usually (but not always) require other city division plan review and permits. It is because of the "multiple-division" nature of the permit that makes it seem like a difficult process. However, if a complete and detailed application meeting the requirements of each city division for review is submitted for processing, difficulties can be minimized. (ie: Site Plan, Conditional Use, Shoreline Management Permits).
It is important to remember that different state and federal agencies may have additional application requirements and review standards. You are strongly encouraged to contact these agencies about their permitting requirements.