DUE TO TEMPORARY STAFFING CHANGES, PLEASE EXPECT SOME NEW PROCESSES IN THE LINCOLN COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT. PERMIT REQUEST FORMS, PLANS AND FEES CAN BE DROPPED OFF MONDAY – THURSDAY, BEST BETWEEN 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. (THERE WILL NOT BE AN INSPECTOR IN THE OFFICE, ALL TECHNICAL QUESTIONS AND INSPECTION REQUESTS MUST GO THROUGH 509-721-0539 OR BUILDING@CO.LINCOLN.WA.US). PERMITS WILL NOT BE ISSUED THE SAME DAY, PLEASE PLAN ADDITIONAL TIME FOR REVIEW AND PROCESSING. REVIEW THE BACK OF THE BUILDING PERMIT REQUEST FORM CAREFULLY REGARDING REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMPLETE SUBMITTAL TO ASSIST US IN PROCESSING YOUR REQUEST QUICKER. INSPECTION REQUESTS AND TECHNICAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 509-721-0539 (CALL OR TEXT). WE DO OUR BEST TO TAKE CARE OF INSPECTIONS QUICKLY BUT PLEASE GIVE AT LEAST 48 HOUR NOTICE AS THERE IS ONLY ONE (1) PART-TIME INSPECTOR. INFORMATION ON FEES CAN BE DIRECTED TO 509-725-7911 OR BUILDING@CO.LINCOLN.WA.US
FORMS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT: https://www.co.lincoln.wa.us/land-services/building-division/
Building Inspector, Ryan James
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 – 3:30 CLOSED FRIDAYS
27234 State Route 25 N
Davenport , WA 99122
509 725-7911 or toll free at 888-725-7911. For technical questions, it is easiest to reach the building inspector on the cell at 509-721-0539. If you are from out of town, an appointment is highly recommended since we only have one (1) Building Official/Inspector and he is often out on inspections.
MUST SUBMIT PROOF OF SEPTIC PERMIT TO RECIEVE A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMIT (HOUSE, SHOP HOUSE ETC…)
- Building Permit Request Form * Note that a physical address must be assigned to the site before a building permit or septic permit (509-725-2501) can be applied for. All utility companies will also need to have a physical address before they will connect service. Click here for the address request form. A list of exemptions can be found here. The Tax Location Code for Lincoln County is very important to get right.
- Site Plan
- Inspection Affidavit (must have prior approval from Building Department)
- Site Built Residences
- Factory Built Residences
- Attics & Crawl Spaces
- Title 15 – Flood Damage Prevention
- Building Code
- Contractors: A list of local building services providers
- Plumbing Testing
- LP Gas Container Location
- Smoke Alarms
- Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Foundation Walls
- Retaining Walls
- Setback Variance Request
Washington State: Labor and Industries
- Electrical Permits are not issued or inspected by the Lincoln County Building Division. Before beginning electrical work, contact Washington State Labor and Industries at 1-800-509-8847.
- If you are altering a Factory Assembled Structure (also know as a manufactured/mobile home) you will need to get a permit through Labor and Industry. Call 509-324-2568 for more information. An addition will need a permit from Lincoln County Building. 509-725-7911. Construction Alteration: The replacement, addition, modification, or removal of any equipment or installation that may affect the originally approved design of construction, plumbing, heating, cooling, fuel-burning, or electrical systems.
- Any manufactured/mobile home constructed in 1976 or earlier is not permitted in Lincoln County.
- 2009 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2009 International Residential Code
- 2009 International Fire Code
- 2009 International Mechanical Code
- 2009 Uniform Plumbing Code
- Copies of the code are available for purchase at the Washington Association of Builders (WABO) website. https://www.wabobookstore.org/
- Electrical (L&I) http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Electrical/
- International Code Council (ICC) website www.iccsafe.org/ Purchase at: https://www.iccsafe.org/codes-tech-support/codes/the-i-codes/
- State Fire Marshal
- US Fire Administration
- Minimum Snow Loads in Lincoln County: Roof 40 lb/sqft, Ground 50 lb/sqft
- Frost Depth is 30 inches (from finished graded to bottom of footing)
- Design for winds of 85 MPH
- Design for Exposure Class C
- Seismic Design Category C
- Termite Infestation: Slight to moderate.
- Radon: Zone 2, Moderate Potential (from 2-4 pCi/L). EPA recommends that all homes that measure 4 and greater be mitigated.
- Rebar is not required in slabs but is highly recommended.
- Egress Windows: 5.7 Square feet minimum, 44″ Maximum Sill Height. All bedrooms must have egress windows.
- Railings must be a minimum of 36″ tall (34″ on stairs) on structures more than 30″ high.
- Wood Stoves: Use the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)
- Click here to research the soils for your site.
Miscellaneous Notes and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- From the time that the building permit is issued, you have 180 days to start construction. Permits become null and void if work or construction authorized is not commenced within 180 days. The permit is valid for 18 months from the date it is issued. The permit may be renewed for a period of 6 months if substantial progress is shown.
- If you choose to build in Lincoln County, you may at times have to wait in excess of a week for inspections. We only have one inspector. We will make every effort to work your inspection into the schedule within 2 business days but it is on a first come, first served basis.
- An additional $50 fee (minimum) may be assessed if excessive repeat inspections are required. It is essential that you are ready for your inspection when you schedule it. Please refer to the list of inspections appropriate to your project which are available at on this website.
- A confirmation letter from a public water system or a well log is required for a septic permit. Well logs are available online at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/waterresources/map/WCLSWebMap/default.aspx
- Tax Location Code for Lincoln County All contractors and/or subcontractors on projects in Lincoln County must know that the Sales/Use Tax four (4) digit location code for this construction project is: #2200 – Unincorporated Lincoln County. Use this code when completing the Washington Combined Excise Tax Return, “Local city and /or County Sales and Use Tax” Section. Correct coding is vital to our community and required by law. The cities or county receives a portion of the sales tax, determined by the code reported. If a previous return has been miscoded or you have questions, please contact the Lincoln County Treasures Office at 509-725-5061, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- The Washington State Department of Revenue has a Tax Rate Lookup Tool that may be useful to you
- Always Call Before You Dig, 8-1-1 or 509-456-8000 or 800-424-5555 (Free utility location service)
- Access permits are required for approaches to all county roads.
- Click here to look up a Contractor, Electrician or Plumber’s License Information
- RCW 18.08 Architects (licensing). See also WAC 308-12
- RCW 18.27 regulates the registration of contractors
- RCW 18.43 Engineers and land surveyors (licensing)
- For questions regarding the subdivision of property or County zoning, go to the Planning page.
- Code of the West
- Fireworks: Refer to Chapter 212-17 WAC and Chapter 70-77 RCW. Also reference 8.12 of the Lincoln County Code. Fireworks are permitted in Lincoln County however if you are planning on setting off very many, please be sure to contact your local fire department and the Sheriff’s Office (725-3501). Fireworks are NOT permitted on the National Park Service ground or other Public ground (WA DNR, WA DFW, US BLM)