Building and Planning

Loren Wiltse,
Planning Director
Andie Lorenz,
Asst Director/Building Official/Fire Marshal

    Building and Planning
    449 E Cedar Blvd Othello, WA 99344

 Public Hours:
     Monday through Friday 

     8:00 am to 4:00 PM
     Closed from 12-1pm for lunch
     (509) 488-9441 
Press 1 for Building/Fire Marshal 

Press 2 for Planning/Zoning

Please note that our office location has changed.
We are now at the Adams County Land Services Building, at
449 E Cedar Blvd in Othello.
Located directly behind the Public Services Building)


2nd Thursday of Each Month
Zoning Changes
Planning Commission Workshop
@10 AM

4th Thursday of Each Month
Planning Commission Meeting
@10 AM


Our Application Process

Please send all applications to 
449 E Cedar Blvd Othello WA 99344
To email your application please call 509-488-9441 for instructions.
you may download an application using the forms and applications link in the column to the left. 
Please follow the application guidelines attached to your application packet
to ensure a complete application submittal.

Some commonly asked questions

How do I schedule an inspection? 

  • To schedule an inspection, please use the Schedule an Inspection Link, located in the column on the left side of this page. you will need to register for the page in order to schedule an inspection. 
  • You may also call our office to schedule an inspection calls must be received between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm to be added to the next business days schedule.
  • Please note that inspections are available for scheduling Tuesday - Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. All inspections are conducted the next business day unless otherwise noted.
What is required on my site plan?

  • All existing and proposed buildings (size and location).
  • Driveways and patios, proposed or existing.
  • Water lines, location and purpose.
  • Property dimensions.
  • Adjacent roads, street names.
  • Ponds, irrigation canals, rivers, etc. within 100 feet of the property.
  • Proposed or existing sewage system location, including reserve system area.
  • All wells, irrigation or domestic on property.
  • All utility, access, or other easements located on the property.
  • Scale of drawing should be 1 in. = 20 feet, or other Planning Department approved engineer scale.

How long does plan review take?

  • Review times may vary based on project type and information submitted for review. A typical single family residences and additions/remodels take approximately a few weeks.  you may ask at Building Dept. for an estimated review time.

What inspections are required? 

  • Answer: Footings, foundation wall, Under floor, plumbing, mechanical, framing, insulation, wall board and final. Other inspections may be required if needed, e.g.: Fire Access, private road/drive construction.

What items are required before a building permit application may be submitted?

  • A complete and signed building application form. (Tax parcel number can be obtained from tax statement or Assessor's office.)
  • One complete sets of construction plans for residential applications (unless it is a manufactured home). Commercial require Two sets unless other wise directed by the Building Department. 
  • Completed site plan drawn to a min 1:20 engineer scale.
  • Water Availability - Approval. The Adams County Health District's Environmental Health Department will help determine the specific requirements you must meet.
  • Contact the Environmental Health Department at 509/488-2031 in Othello. (Water Availability not required for additions/remodels for single family residences.)
  • Septic/Sewer Approval: New residence: septic system permit or an Existing System Evaluation (ESE) from the Health District. Contact the Environmental Health Department at 509/488-2031. If City sewer is available, an availability letter from the City must be submitted.
  • Additions/remodels: ESE may be required for increase in floor space square footage.
  • Approved road approach permit from the Adams County Public Works Dept., (509-659-3288, in Ritzville. (For approach onto a state highway, contact Dept. of Transportation at (509) 575-2541.) Or, download the road approach permit form online.
  • All access roads or private driveways are to be graveled to within 150 feet of the residence to allow access for emergency vehicles. They are to have 20 ft. minimum width per the International Fire Code, 3 in. base course (of 2" minus pit run-minimum) with 2 in. top course (of 1.25" minus crushed). (Base course depth depends on existing soil type, check with the Adams County Fire Marshal for more information.)
    • Pre 1976 manufactured homes will require a certificate of inspection from the Dept. of Labor & Industries. Contact L&I at 509-764-6921 (Moses Lake) for further information.
    • Additions/remodels to factory assembled structures/manufactured homes require Dept. of Labor & Industries approval. Contact L&I at 509-764-6921 (Moses Lake) for further information.
    • Final septic system installation/approval (from the Health District) must be provided prior to final occupancy inspection.
    • For set-up of a manufactured home please request the installation fact sheet from the Building Department.

Where to obtain a building permit?

  • Answer: Adams County Building & Planning Department, 425 E Main, Othello. Monday - Friday, 7:30AM - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:30PM.

What type of work requires a building permit?

  • Answer: Generally all types of work including: new homes, repairs and additions, remodeling, roofing, window replacement, wood/pellet stove installations, gas inserts, etc. If you have a question on whether or not you need a permit, please call the Adams County Building Dept. at (509) 488-9441