The Building Department, in partnership with the community, continues to provide structural and safety protection for the occupants of existing and new structures, through the use of adopted construction codes. This department also strives to preserve the integrity of neighborhood environments, resulting in a higher quality of life in accordance with the City Council core values.
The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of state-mandated laws and international building codes, plan review for code compliance, permit issuance, maintenance of permit records, plans, and submitting building activity reports to the state, county, and other agencies. Building inspection is provided to ensure building construction compliance with electrical, plumbing, mechanical, handicap, energy and security codes, state safety laws and City ordinances. Overall, the Building Department focuses on promoting awareness of codes relative to fire and life safety and enforcement of those codes.
|Snow Load||40 Ibs/sq. ft. for elevations < 950 ft.
40 Ibs/sq. ft. X 0.043 Ibs/sq. ft. if elevation > 950 ft.
|Basic Wind Speed||85 MPH|
|Wind Exposure||C, unless otherwise permitted by code|
|Seismic Design Factors||SDS and SD1 per USGA seismic application|
|Seismic Site Class>||D, unless warranted by geotechnical information|
|Minimum Footing Depth for Frost Penetration||24-inches below grade for exterior locations
12-inches below grade for interior locations
|Termites||Slight to moderate|
|Decay||None to slight|
|Winter Design Temperatures||10º F|
|Ice Shield Underlay||Yes|
|Air Freeze Index||1232|
|Mean Annual Temperature||51.3|
Newly constructed or altered designs shall meet the requirements of the United States Department of Justice 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as amended. Link to the ADA document.
For building related applications and forms please see online forms.
Washington Energy Code Forms
For a copy of the Building fees please view the fee schedule.