How much are building permits?
Fee schedules for various permit processes are set by the Cashmere City Council. Some projects will entail review through various permit processes before approval or permits may be granted. We suggest that you contact the department with specific details for your project. In this way, staff can help determine what permit processes might apply to your project, and what the associated permit costs might be.
What happens once I get my permit?
Once you have obtained a permit, you can then proceed with the construction of your project. At various points during the construction you will need to request inspections to verify construction elements for your project. These inspections are a good time to ask the inspector any questions you may have about your project.
Do permits expire?
Yes, construction permits are valid for 180 days (six months) from the date of issuance. This time frame is extended with each inspection you have on your project. If you will not be ready for your next scheduled inspection within the 180 day period, you can request an extension from the City. Extensions must be submitted in writing prior to your permit expiration and must include a valid reason for the delay of your project. Only one extension may be granted for each permit. If your permit expires, it will need to be re-activated before construction can resume on your project.
How long does it take to get a building permit?
Building permits are typically issued within two weeks after all required application materials are received. Permits for simple structures may take a few days, while permits for basic repairs (re-roofing, plumbing, etc.) can generally be issued the same day. Some items that may cause lengthier review times include coordination with other requirements (SEPA, Critical Areas Review, etc.), or the need for more information or plan revisions to ensure minimum code compliance. The purpose of the plan review is to identify any significant issues with the project or property prior to the start of construction.
Why do I need a permit?
The State of Washington under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.27 and the City of Cashmere have adopted the International Building, and Residential Codes, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code and the International Fire Code as minimum construction standards for the City of Cashmere. While outlining minimum standards, these codes require permits to be issued, and inspections to be performed in order to verify compliance with the minimum construction standards.