IMPORTANT DEPARTMENT INFO DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE
To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of customers and City staff, the City of Battle Ground Community Development Department (CDD) is responding to the latest directives from state, city, and federal authorities to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic while providing essential city services. The Community Development Department is temporarily closed to the general public, however staff will still be processing planning and building applications.
Permit/Plan Submittal and pick-up:
For now, new building permits may be applied for, but will only be approved and issued for the following:
- Projects that maintain or upgrade essential business, government, or health care infrastructure.
- Projects that restore your home to a safe, sanitary, and habitable space.
Step 1) Online Submittal Procedures:
- Fill out an application online.
- E-mail a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Staff will then reach out to the applicant with an invoice and further instructions on how to submit a payment online.
Step 2) City Hall Drop-Off Procedures:
- We are still requiring paper copies of the application packet. Customers may submit projects, re-submittals, and documents in the first-floor lobby of City Hall, located at 109 SW 1st Street. Please only submit plans after all other steps have been completed.
- This is an unstaffed location for document drop off only. Read the posted instructions carefully and place your application form and corresponding documents in the drop-off bins. Physical distancing is in place, so maintain a minimum of six feet between customers when dropping off project plans and applications. No payments are allowed here.
- Please note that all submitted documents will go through a 24 hour quarantine period.
Step 3) City Hall Pick-Up Procedures:
- Staff will let the applicant know when customers may pick up their project files in the first-floor lobby.
Important note regarding pre-applications: Meetings will not be held during the temporary closure. Instead, the staff planner will coordinate internal review and send the written pre-application report to the applicant the day of the scheduled pre-application meeting. The applicants may then follow up with staff with any remaining questions.
Building Inspections at sites where permits have already been issued and construction is underway are still offered at this time. However, new field Inspection protocols are being developed for the safety of City employees. You may be asked to provide photos instead of an in-person residential interior inspection. Inspectors will also ask you questions about your health, including if you are in COVID-19 isolation or are experiencing any symptoms. Your inspection may be performed at a later date if deemed necessary.
The City of Battle Ground strives for meeting the diverse needs of its current and future residents. Battle Ground’s citizens need livable neighborhoods, recreational opportunities, places to shop and work, and an effective transportation system. The City of Battle Ground works to provide public services and facilities and to adopt regulations that guide smart growth complying with state and federal laws.
The Building Division provides three main functions; administrative and permit processing, plans review, and inspection services.
The City of Battle Ground partners with the Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Service (BLS), for the administration of its city business licenses.
The Battle Ground Community Development Department provides the administration of Code Enforcement within the City to enforce the rules and regulations of the municipal code, with primary emphasis on protection of the general health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.
The City is committed to expanding business and industry within our area. Our mission is to encourage economic development throughout the state that is consistent with adopted comprehensive plans, promote economic opportunity for all citizens of this state, and encourage growth, all within the capacities of the state’s natural resources, public services, and public facilities.
The Planning Division administers the zoning code for new and existing commercial, residential, and industrial lands within the City limits.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes the mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. The count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, how we plan for the future, and our voice in federal government.