Building and Planning - Building Permit
Single family residential re-roofing
Single family residential addition
Single family residential-enclosing existing patio covers
Single family residential uncovered decks and porches
Single family residential patio covers and carports
Engineering - Right-of-way Permit Applications
The following are answers to some of the most basic questions asked pertaining to the permit process.
The County is responsible to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the traveling public. They must also protect your investment in the infrastructure. The County Engineer is charged with making sure all this happens. The permit process gives him the needed information to do so. There is some inherent liability to both the County and the permittee when work is allowed on public property. The permit process allows the County Engineer to review the proposed work and set conditions to do the work. These conditions generally deal with public safety, physical location of the work, materials to use, and how repairs are made.
An example is a request for a driveway for a new home. The County Engineer will look at a number of things.
- What will its effect be on drainage?
- Will the runoff from the driveway cause a problem on the road or the neighbor next door?
- Does there need to be a culvert installed?
- Can you see down the road both ways (sight distance) for safe entrance onto the road?
- Is the new road going to be too steep to stop on with winter snow and ice?
- Will the work change the county road some way?
The Engineer may even have a check list of things for you to think about.
If you are thinking about a project that may affect a county road, ask your County Engineer early to help the process along!
-- County Road Administration Board Library
Q. How long will it take to receive my permit?
A. Public Works strives for a two week turn around time, so please plan accordingly. We appreciate your patience.
Q. How long is the permit good for?
A. There is a two part answer to this question: Firstly, permits are "one time only" permits. Thus, for example, if you secured a waterline utility permit to cross an Adams County road and then decided to repair or replace the line in the future, you will need to secure another waterline utility permit for the repair/replace work you plan on doing. Secondly, once granted, you have 6 months to perform the work specified in the permit.
Q. What does the permit cost?
A. Fees are stated on the application forms themselves. Currently, they are $25.
Q. Will I need a culvert for drainage?
A. Field inspection of the site will determine whether a culvert is required for drainage. This will be indicated on the Permit Requirements.
Q. Is any type of culvert acceptable?
A. Per the conditions of your permit, only galvanized 16 gauge corrugated metal culverts with a minimum diameter of 15 inches are allowed. Plastic and concrete culverts do not meet current county standards.
- Load Restriction Permit -- call (509) 659-3276 for more info
- Oversized Vehicle Permit -- call (509) 659-3276 for more info
Public Works - Employment
Public Works - Services Enrollment
- Credit Application - Transfer Station
- Exempt Hauler