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.
- Road Approach Access permit
- Have an address assigned
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 completed work 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.
Private driveways: A driveway shall serve no more than two residences. Any County driveway hereafter created longer than 150' in length shall have a width of no less than 20 feet and shall provide an approved fire apparatus turnaround meeting the requirements of the IFC Appendix D. County driveways less than 150' in length shall have a width of no less than 16 feet a turnaround is not required.
New Manufactured homes placement permits require the blocking and tiedown requirements from the manufacturer.
For set-up of a used manufactured home, please use these Installation Guidelines.
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). Reroofs and Remodels to factory-assembled structures and manufactured homes also require Department of Labor & Industries approval.
To find out if your contractor is licensed: Go on line to Verify a Contractor or call 1-800-647-0982. For the Underground Utility locations on your site, call 1-800-424-5555.
The rules governing private covenants are the responsibility of the owner/builder.
How long does my application's review take?
Building and Planning's review times may vary based on project type and information submitted for review. Where project reviews involve multiple departments reviews may take three to four weeks.
What are the counties snow load , wind load, and frost depth
- 30 lb ground snow load
- 110 mph ultimate wind speed / 85 mph modified.
- most of the county is a wind exposure C
- 0.10 topographic effects
- Seismic design category C
- 24 inch frost depth
- Winter design temp 0°
- Ice barrier underlayment is required
- Air freezing index 1500
- Mean annual temp 51°
Subject to damage from;
- Severe weathering
- Slight termite
What type of work requires a building permit?
Generally all types of construction work including: new homes, mobile home moves, repairs and additions, plumbing, re-roofing, window replacement, wood/pellet stove installations, and gas inserts. If you question whether or not you need a permit, call the Adams County Building and Planning Department (509-488-9441). If you need a permit, please consult the departments, listed below, about their Approval processes before finalizing your construction plans
Where do I obtain a building permit?
Online or in person at 449 E Cedar Blvd, Othello WA. Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where do I obtain a manufactured housing permit?
Online or in person at 4449 E Cedar Blvd Othello WA, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM-12PM and 1PM-4:30PM
Follow these steps to prepare and submit your Application for a Building Permit:
1. Complete the Building Permit Application form, all fields that apply must be complete. Do not use pencil. The land parcel number can be obtained from the Building and Planning office (509-488-9441). Applications being submitted by persons other than the legal owner of record must include documentation making them a legal agent of the registered owner of record.
2. Complete a plan of your site and the proposed work, drawn to scale using the Site Plan form provided. Do not use pencil. If you need help with the Site Plan, ask at the Building and Planning office.
Zoning and Address Approval: Planning Department at 509/ 488-9441.
Water Availability Varification: The Adams County Environmental Health Department (509/488-2031) will help determine the specific requirements you must meet. (Note: Proof of water availability may not be required for additions / remodels to single family residences).
Septic/Sewer Approval: A residence must have a septic system permit or an Existing System Evaluation (ESE) from the Environmental Health Department (509/ 488-2031). If city / community sewer is available, an availability letter from the Sewer provider must be submitted.
Fire Access Approval: The Adams County Fire Marshal must approve your driveway or access road (see Special Notes, below).
Road Approach Approval: Approach requirements vary according to the connecting road type. For example, an approach onto a
-- county road: typically must be 330 ft. from the nearest arterial road; additional sight distance requirements vary according to posted speed limits
-- state highway: requires verification that you have received approval from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (at 509/575-2541)
-- private road: requires documentation of legal ingress / egress easement.
Contact the Public Works Department (509/659-3276) Or Click the link below for a Permit form.
(Note a Road approach permit is required for all new construction. To include new homes, outbuildings etc. Exemptions: remodeling, roofing, mechanical and other type permits)