BUILDING PERMIT INFORMATION
WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED?
- To build any new structures, except residential accessory structures less than 120 square feet, and commercial accessory structures less than 120 square feet, used solely for storage.
- To construct additions to existing structures, except uncovered residential decks less than 30 inches above grade.
- To place a mobile or modular home.
- To remodel or repair existing buildings when the remodel involves structural members, adding or removing doors or windows, constructing or demolishing interior partition walls, replacing sheetrock, relocating plumbing or mechanical fixtures, etc. including garage conversions, etc.
- Changes in use or occupancy classification of an existing building.
- Installation or replacement of fuel burning appliances, such as wood stoves, gas furnaces, hot water tanks, fire-place inserts, etc.
- Installation of a fire suppression (sprinkler) system.
- Installation, relocation or replacement of signage, including painted graphics on building facade.
- Commercial and residential re-roofing, including accessory structures over 120 sq. ft..
- Demolition or partial demolition of existing structures.
- Grading, excavation or fill involving more than 50 cubic yards of material.
- Rockeries or retaining walls greater than 4 feet in height.
- Fences greater than 6 feet in height.
- Decks 30” above grade.
- In-ground or above ground pools or spas. (Also - WA State Dept. of Health permit.)
WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT NOT REQUIRED?
Please note: Although some construction activities do not require a permit, they must comply with building setback requirements. Please contact the City for the specific setback requirements in your zoning designation.
- To construct a residential accessory building less than 120 square feet in floor area, or a commercial accessory building less than 120 square feet in floor area, used strictly as a storage shed or playhouse. (Subject to building setbacks)
- To construct a deck which is uncovered and not more that 30 inches above grade at its highest point. (Subject to building setbacks)
- To install or replace siding.
- To remove and replace sign inserts in existing cabinets.
- To replace existing plumbing fixtures utilizing existing water piping and traps.
- To paint or wallpaper, lay carpet or vinyl flooring, install cabinets and other finish work not involving the construction or demolition of interior walls, doors or windows.
- To build a fence less than 6 feet in height or a retaining wall less than 4 feet in height.
- Platforms, walks not over 30” above grade.