Fences, Decks, Sheds and General Residential Building Permit Information
Depending on the scope of work, please keep in mind that the following items may be subject to review:
- Setbacks to property line
- Height restrictions
- Building code requirements
Are you building a fence, deck or shed?
If you are building a shed (120 sq. ft. or less), a deck (18" or less above grade), or a fence (6’ or less in height) a permit is no longer required*, except when the project site is identified as subject to a Critical Areas Permit/Review.
*However, you must still construct the improvement in compliance with City building and zoning codes. If you have questions regarding code requirements please call our Permit Center at (360) 487-7800.
Are you ONLY replacing, repairing and/or adding electrical, mechanical or plumbing?
You may need to obtain a permit. Fees will be based on scope of work and/or valuation, including labor and materials. In some instances, plans may be required.
Are you remodeling or adding square footage to your home? Or are you adding a detached building, including a shop, garage or shed over 120 sq. ft.?
You will need to submit the following items when applying for a residential building permit:
- Completed Residential Addition/Alteration permit application
- The name and phone number of a licensed contractor, if the homeowner is not doing the work
- Plan review fee
- Remodel- based on valuation, including labor and materials
- Addition- based on amount of square footage being added
2 Sets of the Following:
- Site plan, drawn to scale, indicating size and location of existing and proposed structures and identifying location of septic system (if applicable)
- Detailed construction drawings to scale (1/4" = 1’)
What is a Site Plan?
A site plan is a "scaled" drawing that shows an overhead view of your lot indicating existing and proposed structures.
What Does "To Scale" Mean?
"To scale" means using a unit of measure that allows you to shrink your drawing to fit on a regular 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.
Example: Scale 1" = 20'
What Information Is Required?
The basic information required for a site plan includes:
- The lot and structure dimensions,
- The distance from the property line to the structures
- The distance from the street centerline() to the property line()
- The property address
- North arrow
- Scale size