May I start work before my permit is issued?

Per the Washington State Building Code, work may not be started prior to obtaining a permit. Going through the permitting process is a valuable step in your project to help prevent any work from needing to be redone or removed if it does not meet the building code or any other City ordinances.

There are limited exceptions to work in cases of emergencies. Mechanical and plumbing work that must be completed to prevent damage to the building or may cause an unsafe condition, such as no heat during winter months, is permitted to be started prior to permit issuance provided that the required permits are applied for the next working day.

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1. When do I need a permit?
2. If I buy a prebuilt shed and have it delivered, do I need a permit?
3. May I start work before my permit is issued?
4. May I do my own work?
5. May I apply for a permit online? May I pay for a permit online?
6. What do I need to apply for a permit?
7. How many sets of plans should I submit? Do I need an architect or engineer?
8. How long will it take to get my permit?
9. How long does it take to review plans for residential construction?
10. Is there anything else I should be aware of before I pick up materials? Do all manufactured products (e.g., windows, insulation, handrails) meet building code requirements?
11. What inspections do I need?
12. How do I schedule an inspection?
13. How far ahead do I have to call to request the inspection?
14. Do I need to be present for the inspection?
15. How should I prepare for an inspection?