Building Permit Guidlines

Prior to Permit Application

Please review prior to applying for a building permit:


  • Critical areas evaluation.  Submit site plan for review.  Site plan must show all existing structures on property.
  • Property zoning 
  • Setback requirements 
  • Is the property located in a floodway or floodplain?

Public Works / Engineering Department.

After your application is approved by Building and Planning, and you have paid the fees, you will receive a document that is your Permit to begin construction. Permit is valid for 180 days unless you request an extension. The owner or contractor must request inspections during the construction process, for example, footings, foundation walls, plumbing and mechanical work, framing, insulation, and wallboard will be examined by the Adams County Building Inspector (509-488-9441; 509-989-0973). Other inspections may be required if special constructions, such as a private road, are needed.

The owner or contractor is required to obtain a final inspection of completedwork from the relevant agencies - including sewer and water connections and road approach work - before requesting the Building Inspector's Final Inspection. When the Building Inspector has completed the Final Inspection, obtain a signed copy of the final INSPECTION APPROVALS form or the CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY for your records.


q  Access roads or private driveways must allow access for emergency vehicles; they must be graveled to within 150 ft. of the most distant part of a building that requires a permit. Roads must have 20 ft. minimum width (per Uniform Fire Code 902.2.1) and 3" base course (of 2" minus pit run-minimum) with 2" top course (of 1.25" minus crushed).  Check with your Fire District Chief regarding "base course". (Section 503.2.7 of the 2006 IFC fire code).

q  For set-up of a manufactured home, obtain the Installation Guidlines.

q  Pre-June, 1976 manufactured homes have special requirements and may only be placed in a permitted Mobile Home Park. Contact Department of Labor & Industries (509-764-6900 in Moses Lake). Remodels to factory-assembled structures and manufactured homes also require Department of Labor & Industries approval.

q  To find out if your contractor is licensed: call 1-800-647-0982.  For the Underground Utility locations on your site, call 1-800-424-5555.

q  The rules governing private covenants are the responsibility of the owner/builder.

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Follow these steps to prepare and submit your Application for a Building Permit: