A building permit is generally required when changes or alterations are made to a residential building or when any new construction is undertaken. Mechanical and plumbing work also require permits and inspections. Electrical permits are obtained at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
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There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and to obtain the required inspections for your construction project.
Helps protect your property value. Your home is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the City of Battle Ground, the value of your investment could be reduced.
Saves money. Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
Makes selling property easier. When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. If you decide to sell your home that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.
Improves safety. Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owner. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.
It’s the Law. Work requiring permits are made such by City Ordinance. Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.
We now have an online application system called CSS (Customer Self-Service).
Residential building permits can include trade work such as mechanical and/or plumbing work, (if applicable).
Electrical permits are obtained through Labor and Industries.
The City of Battle Ground administers permits for properties within city limits. Always check the jurisdiction at the Clark County GIS, Property Information Center to determine whose jurisdiction the property falls under.
For properties located in Clark County’s jurisdiction contact them at (360) 397-2375.
The permit process differs for each permit type and may vary depending on how complex your project is. These steps are a general guideline to follow when applying for a permit.
Property setbacks are ordinances established by Battle Ground Municipal Code that outline where construction or modifications can occur. Mainly a distance from property line to a structure. Setbacks are established to preserve open space and building separation in development and are required to be met prior to building permit issuance. Setbacks are verified via plot plan submittal/review.
How do you find your zoning, lot coverage, setbacks, etc.
CCR’s and/or neighborhood rules and regulations, (these are regulated by private agreement and not enforced by the City).
Under the International Residential Code (IRC), when a project does not comply with the prescriptive structural provisions, engineering is required. Under certain conditions based on the site locations, soil conditions, scope of work and the proposed design engineered drawings, details and calculations may be required.
Structural engineering shall include engineered drawings, details, layouts, calculations, lateral analysis and gravity load design. Two (2) copies are required. Engineering calculations shall be based on design loads and shall be noted on structural plans and calculations.
Following are some examples of when engineering is required. However, there are other instances when engineering will be required.
The cost of your permit is based on several factors. For a project specific fee quote, please call us at (360) 342-5040.