There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and inspections for your construction project.
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A building permit is generally required when changes or alterations are made to a residential building or when any new construction is undertaken. Mechanical and plumbing work also require permits and inspections. Electrical permits are obtained at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Applying for a permit see: "Permit Application Process"
When an application is considered ‘counter complete’, the permit is created in the permit system, fees are paid, and your project will status is changed to ‘In Review’.
Depending on your proposed project, plans will be reviewed by various disciplines. Types of reviews include planning and zoning, structural/building and fire, and possibly engineering. The assigned reviewers check to see that your proposal is in compliance with specific code requirements or regulations. If the reviewer needs additional information or has identified corrections, they will request information from you in writing via email or mail (see step 2a).
A comment letter is sent when a reviewer needs additional information or a correction needs to be made to the plans. Once a comment letter is sent, the reviewer takes no further action until you provide a response to the comment letter.
Once you have received a comment letter and have gathered all of the additional information and/or made the requested corrections, bring the information to the permit center. Complete and timely responses will speed up the re-review of the project.
If the revisions are complete, the reviewer will give the plans approval and the project will move on to step 3. If the reviewer needs additional information or has identified additional corrections, they will request this information from you in writing in another comment letter (return to steps 2a and 2b).
When all required reviews are approved, your permit will be in pre-issue status and you will be notified of the remaining fees and that your permit is ready to pick up. Permit Center hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
When you pick up your permit, you will receive an inspection card listing all of the inspections you will need during construction.Please see our Inspections page for more information on requesting inspections. When all of your inspections are approved, you will receive a final inspection and your project is complete.
Property setbacks are ordinances established by Battle Ground Municipal Code that outline where construction or modifications can occur. Specifically, a setback is the distance from the property line to a structure. Setbacks are established to preserve open space and building separation in development and are required to be met prior to building permit issuance. Setbacks are verified via plot plan submittal/review.
Under the International Residential Code (IRC), engineering is required when a project does not comply with the prescriptive structural provisions. Structural engineering shall include engineered drawings, details, layouts, calculations, lateral analysis and gravity load design. Two (2) copies are required. Engineering calculations shall be based on design loads and shall be noted on structural plans and calculations.
The following are some examples of when engineering is required.
The above list are just some instances when engineering will be required. If you have specific questions please call the building line at 360-342-5046 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential building permits can include trade work such as electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing work.
Electrical permits are obtained through Labor and Industries.