Building Division

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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. 

Governor’s Phase 2 Construction Job Site Requirements

All construction - including new work - is now allowed, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained, and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume. Adherence to the health and safety points below will be strictly enforced.

Prior to commencing work all contractors are required to develop for each job site a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures; and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. The plan must also include a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), including a list of engineering controls and proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for all jobsite activities defined by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) as medium and high transmission risk. Please visit the WA State Phase 2 Safety Plan for more information.

Permit/Plan Submittal and pick-up:

Step 1) Online Submittal Procedures:

Fill out an application online.

E-mail a completed application to comdev.info@cityofbg.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.

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Welcome to the Building Division of the Community Development Department. 

Our mission is to ensure the public’s health and safety and to protect the environment by establishing and enforcing standards for building code compliance, fire and life safety, and energy efficiency.

Whether at the permit counter or on a construction site, we take pride in our ability to provide excellent customer service through technical knowledge, positive attitude, efficiency and problem solving.

Services Offered

Permits

The City of Battle Ground issues permits for residential and commercial construction/alteration for multiple disciplines including building, plumbing, mechanical and fire systems.

Inspections

The inspection function is a key component of the Building Division operations. The City of Battle Ground values the promise to conduct professional inspections in a timely manner, while providing technical expertise in cooperation with licensed contractors and homeowners.

Plan Review

Plan reviews are conducted by International Code Council Certified (ICC) certified code professionals knowledgeable in construction practices, engineering, plumbing, mechanical and energy code requirements.

Code Questions

With ever-evolving building codes and regulations, consultation with a code professional with up-to-date training and knowledge can be essential. Do you have a code question? Ask us! 

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