This Comment first provides a brief background of the development of the public duty doctrine. Part II discusses the two major types of zoning cases: those involving negligent misstatements and those involving negligent issuance of permits or inspections. The use of the public duty doctrine in both types of cases is then analyzed under relevant Washington case law. Part III argues for the abolition of the public duty doctrine and Part IV concludes.
Shelly K. Speir, The Public Duty Doctrine and Municipal Liability for Negligent Administration of Zoning Codes, 20 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 803 (1997).