Your Building Inspector/Official is Bennett Barnes.
Inspections: Please call (360) 951-8062, 24-hours prior to the date and time of requested inspection. Inspections are normally performed in one week or less.
Building Department/Planning & Zoning/Public Works Forms
Annexation Process
Annexation-Intent to Annex
Annexation-Petition
Boundary Line Adjustment / Lot Combinations
Building Permit
Building Permit – How to Apply
Child Care in the Home
Critical Areas Checklist
Environmental Checklist
Land Use Application
Owner as Contractor Form
Plan Review Checklist
Pool Fee and Requirements
Single Family Wetland Certificate
Site Plan Checklist
Water Availability Certificate
Water Service Application
Building Permit Frequently Asked Questions
When is a building permit required?
  • To build any new structures, except accessory structures less than 120 square feet.
  • 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 an accessory building less than 120-square feet in floor area.
  • To construct a residential deck which is uncovered and not more that 30-inches above grade at its highest point.
  • 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.
Handouts and Guidelines
Accessory Foundations Landing Construction
Concrete Masonry Unit Wall Mono-pour Foundation
Concrete Retaining Wall Notching Wall Studs
Concrete to Wood Separation Pool Fact Sheet
Cutting and Notching Floor Joists Porch Construction
Deck Construction Propane Tank Placement & Chart
Duct Insulation Reinforced Foundation
Generic Garage Plans Sheetrock Nailing Patterns
Generic Pole Barn Stair and Handrail
Isolated Footings Typical Carport
Typical Foundation Wall