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For new construction, the minimum review time is 3 weeks. Depending on the complexity, reviews for alterations, changes of occupancy, or additions generally take between 1 and 3 weeks.
Note: Additional review time is required for each resubmission of plans for required corrections or changes to plans.
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In general, permits are required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, or demolish any building or structure. Exemptions from building permits are listed under
As applicable you must submit 2 sets of building plans, 3 sets of civil plans, and/or 3 sets of fire alarm or fire sprinkler plans.
Architects and engineers are required in accordance with State law. Architects are generally required to design projects where the area of work exceeds 4,000 square feet.
Engineers are required to design items not meeting the prescriptive requirements of the code where the practice of engineering is needed to demonstrate compliance, such as using a steel beam for a large wall opening in a house, roof trusses, or retaining walls. See
Most minor projects such as decks or room reconfigurations are completed within a week. You should plan on allowing at least 2 weeks for plan review for a new home or for additions and other major work.
You may apply online for building, plumbing, mechanical, and combination permits. Go to the Citizen Connect portal, create a user account, and follow the screen prompts to submit your application. Once we receive your online submittal, we will review it for completeness, then email you with payment instructions, including a link for online payments.
Our goal is to fulfill inspection requests the same day. To ensure we can get you on an inspector’s schedule or if a specific time is needed, it is recommended that requests be made the day before.
The ground snow load is 39 pounds per square feet. Under the IRC, the seismic design category for residential construction in Cheney is designated as “C.” Site-specific analysis in accordance with the IBC may be submitted for approval of other design categories for individual projects. Under the IBC, site-specific analysis is required to determine the design category for each project.
Special inspections are additional inspections by individuals with specific education, experience, and certifications in portions of construction, such as concrete. Special inspections are not a substitute for but are required in addition to building department inspection. Special inspections are required by the Washington State Building Code depending on the nature of work involved.