Building Permits & Construction
Building permits are required for most construction or remodeling projects.
Permits are required to ensure that buildings and development projects are constructed to be safe and to conform to all applicable codes. If you plan to build a fence, storage shed, patio, install an irrigation sprinkler system, fire alarm or fire sprinkler system, remodel, add a new room, finish/complete an unfinished basement area, change/replace windows or re-shingle your house, you will need a building permit.
Failure to obtain the proper permit could create an unsafe situation for you and your family and the improvement may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance. You might also be in violation of state and local laws and you could also be liable for substantial penalties. If you are using a contractor, it is advisable that the contractor obtain the permit, so you can be assured he or she is properly licensed and bonded.
Application Forms and instructions for various types of permits are available online, and may be returned in person, or by fax or email. Payment is accepted by check, cash, or credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Please contact the Building Department at 498-9237 for building permit fee information. Please see the Cheney Municipal Code, Title 19.06.030 for specific local amendments to the adopted International Codes, including local climatic & geographic design criteria:
Inspection requests received prior to 2:00 p.m. can usually be performed the same day. The best time to contact an inspector is between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Adopted Codes: Currently the City of Cheney has adopted the following codes:
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Residential Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Fire Code
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
2012 International Fuel Gas Code
NFPA Standard No. 58 for Propane Installations
2012 International Property Maintenance Code
The Washington State Energy Code WAC 51-11
Climatic & Geographic Design Criteria for Cheney projects
Homeowners or contractors working in Cheney now have the ability to request inspections or review the status of plan reviews or inspections online. To get started, create a user account by going to the Citizen Connect portal:
Once registered, individuals associated with a permit (the applicant, owner, architect, engineer or contractor) can log in to request inspections, read inspection comments, or view the status of the project.
If you provided your email address when you applied for your permit, you will be able to access all the details of your project immediately. If you did not provide an email address with your permit application, just call our office at 498-9237 to provide that information.