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. 

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION / INSPECTION REQUESTS

Single Family Home Inspection Update

Final Inspections for residential projects that are in need of certificate of occupancy.

This applies only to permitted single family home projects where all inspections other than building finals have already been conducted and approved. Verification that a final electrical inspection has been conducted and approved by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) shall be required. Final inspections meeting these requirements can be requested by submitting a completed and signed Supplemental COVID-19 Compliance Form.

Final inspections are only offered to those homes that are AT THIS TIME finished where all work is CURRENTLY complete. This DOES NOT grant permission to perform finish or similar work inside or outside the home other than what it takes to get the partially erected structure to the point where it is “dried in.” Any work that is done under the current Governor’s order is limited to that which directly prevents spoliation.

If this policy is being abused, we have been advised to contact local police for enforcement. Please be considerate, pay attention to the order, as your decisions may impact the ability of your peers to continue essential work.

Once your request is reviewed, you will be notified on whether or not a building inspection can be scheduled.

Shear wall inspections for work necessary to prevent spoliation and avoid damage of previously erected structures:

This applies only to permitted single family homes projects that are currently ready for shear wall inspections that are necessary prior to the installation of a moisture barrier (house wrap) and/or roofing material. Shear wall inspections meeting these requirements can be requested by submitting a completed and signed Supplemental COVID-19 Compliance Form.


Permitted Residential Work Update:

For single-family residential building projects, all work including site work, MUST STOP, EXCEPT work as necessary to prevent spoliation and avoid damage of partially erected structures. To determine what work is permitted to avoid spoliation, please see the Residential Construction Clarification.


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 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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