Selah Building Permits
Responsibility for information: Although staff members will aid you with general questions about completing this form, it is ultimately your responsibility to provide accurate information about the:
Site Plan: Showing the configuration and size of the lot that the building will be placed on. The site plan must show the set back distance from the structure(s) to the property lines so staff can check for encroachments on public utility easements, right-of-way and compliance of the required set backs. See the staff for complete set back requirements for property zones.
Building drawings: These drawings are needed to indicate how the structure will be built. A floor plan showing, location of plumbing fixtures, ventilation fans, size and type of heating and cooling equipment, etc. A separate detailed Residential Plan Review Guide is available to help you with your drawings.
Washington State Law, RCW 18.27.110 requires that a contractor license number be on all building permits or work which is to be done by any contractor and that the contractor license number shall be verified. The contractor license number must be on the permit before it can be issued.
You can avoid unnecessary permit delays by carefully providing all required information. You may disregard items that do not address your particular building.
Revisions: As with many changes which deviate from the approved plans, prior approval from the Building Department is required. All changes must be documented for the record.
Permits and Inspections: No building or structure regulated by this code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained from the building official.
You can download the applicable permits or documents by clicking on the icons below:
Building permits shall not be required for the following:
1. One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool or storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the projected roof area does not exceed 120 square feet.
2. Fences not over 6 feet high.
3. Movable cases, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches tall.
4. Retaining walls, which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge of impounding class I, II or II-A liquids.
5. Platforms, walks and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below.
6. Painting, papering and similar finish work.
7. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of Group R, Division 3, and Group M Occupancies when projecting not more that 54 inches.
8. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to Group R, Division 3 Occupancy in which the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
Unless otherwise exempt, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required for the above-exempt items.
Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
General: All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official. FOR YOUR PROTECTION inspections must be conducted throughout the building, plumbing, and mechanical construction process. After each inspection, the inspector will sign off each appropriate box on the back of the permit, which must be posted at the job site. Call (509)698-7369 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (509)698-7369 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 698-7327 for an inspection appointment.
Call before you dig: Washington State Law required that before commencing any excavation of 12 inches or more, the excavator shall provide notice of the scheduled commencement of excavation to all owners of underground facilities through a one-number locator service. Failure to do so and which results in damaged utility can be costly to the excavator. Therefore, the one-call number for the Upper Yakima Valley Utilities Locate Center is 1-800-553-4344 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-553-4344 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. This is a free call and no cost is required for the locate, and a 48 hour notice is required.
TYPICAL FOUNDATION/ROOF LOAD REQUIREMENTS
- MINIMUM FROST DEPTH - 24 INCHES
- EARTHQUAKE ZONE - 2
- WIND 70 MPH, EXPOSURE 2B
- SHOW SIZE OF FOOTING AND STEM WALL HEIGHT AND WIDTH WITH REBAR PACING AND SIZE
- SNOW LOAD 30 POUNDS PER SQUARE FOOT
Contact the Code Enforcement Office:
Roy Brons, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer
Please provide us with your name, address, and phone number and the address of your concerns.