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.
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The handouts listed below are easy-reference guides all based on our Municipal Code. If you have further questions, please give us a call or send us an email at the contact information to the right.
For questions regarding location and neighborhood design standards please contact Planning@CityofBG.org for more information.For questions regarding building please contact Building.Inspection2@CityOfBG.org for more information. For questions regarding Right of Way, PODS or Erosion Control please contact Engineering.Inspectors@CityOfBG.org for more information.
We now have an online application system called CSS (Customer Self-Service).
Residential building permits can include trade work such as mechanical and/or plumbing work, (if applicable).
Electrical permits are obtained through Labor and Industries.
The City of Battle Ground administers permits for properties within city limits. Always check the jurisdiction at the Clark County GIS, Property Information Center to determine whose jurisdiction the property falls under.
For properties located in Clark County’s jurisdiction contact them at (360) 397-2375.
Property setbacks are ordinances established by Battle Ground Municipal Code that outline where construction or modifications can occur. Mainly a distance from 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.
How do you find your zoning, lot coverage, setbacks, etc.
CCR’s and/or neighborhood rules and regulations, (these are regulated by private agreement and not enforced by the City).
Under the International Residential Code (IRC), when a project does not comply with the prescriptive structural provisions, engineering is required. Under certain conditions based on the site locations, soil conditions, scope of work and the proposed design engineered drawings, details and calculations may be required.
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.
Following are some examples of when engineering is required. However, there are other instances when engineering will be required.
The cost of your permit is based on several factors. For a project specific fee quote, please call us at (360) 342-5040.
Please note that the purpose of this page is to illustrate the way impact, development, and building permit fees are calculated for development within the City. To get a project specific estimate, please contact the Building Division at (360) 342-5046.
Building Permit fees are based on the following:
Fees collected from the developer to ensure that adequate public facilities are available to serve new growth and development within the City of Battle Ground. The facilities include: fire, park, school, and transportation. If applicable, these fees are collected at the time of building permit issuance.
System Development Charges
Fees collected from the developer for any development, expansion of use, change of occupancy, or increase in impact that is found to place additional demand on the City's sewer, water, or stormwater/drainage systems. If applicable, these are collected at the time of building permit issuance.
Project Fee Examples
Mechanical and Plumbing Permits and Fees
Permit fees are based upon the quantity of fixtures and/or units installed. If you would like to get an estimate of your plumbing or mechanical project, please complete the form below and fax to the City of Battle Ground Building Division (360) 342-5049. Applying for permits: See Help for Homeowners, How do I apply for a permit?For a complete list of fees, please refer to the current City of Battle Ground Fee Schedule.