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Building Code/Permit Administration

This page provides examples of city and county building codes in Washington State, along with related resources.


Washington State statutes call for local jurisdictions (cities and counties) to require a building permit when any structural change or when alterations are made to an existing building or when any new construction is undertaken. (Separate permits for plumbing, mechanical and electrical work may also be required when applicable.) The State Building Code Council (SBCC) was created to advise the Legislature on building code issues and to develop the building codes used in Washington State. These codes help to ensure buildings and facilities constructed in the state are safe and healthy for building occupants, accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly, and energy efficient.

State Building Codes

Permit Procedures

Information Brochures and Bulletins

Automated Application and Tracking Systems

Permitting Activity (Statistics)

Recommended Resources

Last Modified: March 14, 2016