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Basic Plumbing Specifications

Plumbing Testing

  1. Responsibility – The equipment material and labor necessary for inspection or tests shall be furnished by the person to whom the permit is issued or by whom the inspection is requested.
  2. Media -The piping of the plumbing, drainage and venting systems shall be tested with water or air. The Administration Authority may require the removal of any cleanouts, etc., to ascertain if the pressure has reached all parts of the system. After the plumbing fixtures have been set and their traps filled with water, they shall be submitted to a final test.
  3. Water test -The water test shall be applied to the drainage and vent systems either in its entirety or in sections. If applied to the entire system, all openings in the piping shall be tightly closed, except the highest opening, and the system filled with water to a point of overflow. If the system is tested in sections, each opening shall be tightly plugged except the highest opening of the section under test, and each section shall be filled with water, but no section shall be tested with less than a ten (10) foot (3m) head of water. In testing successive sections, at least the upper ten (10) feet (3m) of the next proceeding section shall be tested, so that no joint or pipe in the building (except the uppermost ten (10) foot (3m) of the system) shall have been submitted to a test of less then a ten.(10) foot (3m) head of water. The water shall be kept in the system, or the portion under test, for at east fifteen (15) minutes before inspection starts. The system shall then be tight at all points.
  4. Air test -The air test shall be made by attaching an air compressor testing apparatus to any suitable opening, and after closing all other inlets and outlets to the system, forcing air into the system until there is a uniform gage pressure of five (5) pounds per square inch (34.5 kPa) or sufficient to balance a column of mercury ten (10) inches (254mm) in height. The pressure shall be held without introduction of additional air for a period of at least fifteen (15) minutes.
  5. Building sewer test -Building sewers shall be tested by plugging the end of the building sewer at its point of connection with the public sewer or private sewer disposal system and completely filling the building sewer with water from the lowest to the highest point thereof, or by approved equivalent low pressure air test, or by another test as may be prescribed by the Administration Authority. The building sewer shall be watertight at all points.
  6. Water piping – Upon completion of a section or of the entire hot and cold water supply system, it shall be tested and proved tight under a water pressure not less than the working pressure in which it is to be used. The water used for tests shall be obtained from a potable source of supply. A fifty (50) pound per square inch (344.5 kPa) air pressure may be substituted for the water test. In either method of test, the piping shall withstand the test without leaking for a period of not less than fifteen (15) minutes.

BuildingPermitFees (excel spreadsheet)

* If you would like assistance in estimating permit fees you may call 509-725-7911

 Lincoln County Code

Title 15 – Building

Appendix “A”- Permit Fees.

(Adopted 01-20-09)

Sections:     010 General.

020 Building Permit Fees.

030 Mechanical Permit Fees.

040 Plumbing Permit Fees.

050 Fire Prevention Permit Fees.

060 Miscellaneous Fees.

A-010 GENERAL.

  1. Issuance. Any permits issued under authority of this code shall be non-transferable and non-assignable. Permits may be issued for building or for such other purposes as are covered by Title 15, either individually or as a single permit. Where issued as a single permit the fees shall be a combination of those provided for herein and such other provisions of this code as shall be applicable. Appendix “A” shall be subject to change by Commissioner’s Resolution.
  2. Refunds. The fees for permits issued pursuant to this code may be refundable pursuant to Lincoln County policy.

A-020 BUILDING PERMIT FEES.

Fees for building permits shall be based on the following valuations and charged as set forth in the following table:

Total Valuation Fee
$1.00 to $500 $23.50
$501 to $2,000 $23.50 for the first $500 plus $3.00 for each additional $100, or fraction thereof, to and including $2000.00
$2000 to $25,000 $69.25 for first $2000.00 plus $14.00 for each additional $1000, or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00
$25,001 to $50,000 $391.75 for the first $25,000 plus $10 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000
$50,001 to $100,000 $643.75 for the first $50,000 plus $7.00 for each $1000 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000
$100,001 to $500,000 $993.75 for the first $100,000 plus $5.60 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000
$500,000 to $1,000,000 $3,233.75 for the first $500,000 plus $4.75 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000
$1,000,001 and up $5,608.75 for the first $1,000,000 plus $3.65 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof

A $4.50 code fee is collected on behalf of the state for all permits except those for manufactured homes and flat rate permits such as plumbing and fire prevention.

RESIDENTIAL.

MAIN FLOOR

New………………………………………………. $90.00 sq ft

Additions………………………………………. $90.00 sq ft

Structural remodels ……………………….$90.00 sq ft

SECOND FLOOR

New………………………………………………. $65.00 sq ft

Additions………………………………………. $65.00 sq ft

BASEMENT

Finished………………………………………… $25.00 sq ft

Unfinished…………………………………….. $20.00 sq ft

PRIVATE GARAGES/SHOPS

Frame…………………………………………… $35.00 sq ft

Pole………………………………………………. $25.00 sq ft

BARN & FARM STORAGE BUILDINGS

Frame…………………………………………… $25.00 sq ft

Pole………………………………………………. $20.00 sq ft

CARPORTS, DECKS &  MISC ……………$15.00 sq ft

Fees for repair, alteration, remodel, or foundation work are based on the total value of work to be performed as submitted by the applicant.

Decks and patios may be disregarded in computing the valuation of a new house unless they are covered structures or more than thirty (30) inches above ground level.

The total valuation for other than residential groups shall be the accepted bid price given to the owner.

A-030 MECHANICAL PERMITS.

The fees for mechanical permits shall be $125.00 for inspecting any heating, ventilating, or ductwork that is not included in new construction.

A-040 PLUMBING PERMITS.

The fees for plumbing permits issued pursuant to this code shall be as follows if they are not part of a complete new building.

PLUMBING FEES:

For each Plumbing Fixture $6.00
Electric Water Heater $6.00
Roof Drains $6.00
Lawn Sprinkler w/ Backflow Device $6.00
Vacuum breaker / Backflow Device (1-5) $6.00
Repair / Alteration (over 5) $6.00
Processing Fee (added to each permit) $40.00

 A-050 FIRE PREVENTION FEES.

The fees for permits issued pursuant to this code shall be charged as specified below:

FIRE PERMIT FEES:

 

Candles and Open Flames in Assembly Areas $20.00
Cryogens (C only) $20.00
Excavations near Flammable or Combustible Liquid Pipelines $20.00
Explosives or Blasting Agents $20.00
Open Flame Devices in Marinas $20.00
Oil Wells $20.00
Free Standing & Insert Inspections $40.00
Processing Fee (added to each permit) $40.00

 

A-060 MISCELLANEOUS PERMITS.

  1. Relocated structures. The fee for permits for relocated structures issued pursuant to this code shall be charged as follows:
  2. For the inspection of the building or structure to be moved, a non-refundable inspection fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars shall be submitted at the time of application.
  3. For any repair, alteration, remodel, or foundation work, fees shall be calculated as any other building permit.
  4. Temporary structures. Fees for permits for temporary buildings and structures issued pursuant to this code shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars.
  5. Upon the expiration of the permit, should the building or structure remain temporarily located on the property, additional fees shall be charged at the rate of one hundred ($100.00) dollars for each additional month or portion thereof that the building or structure remains on the property.
  6. Swimming Pools.  Fees for swimming pool shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars.
  7. Manufactured Homes / Factory-Built Structures. Fees for manufactured homes / commercial coaches and factory-built shall be one-hundred ($100.00) dollars per section. This fee includes footings and foundations for the respective structure. Fees for basements under a factory built structure or manufactured home shall be calculated as any other building permit.
  8. Environmental Checklist. Fees for processing a SEPA environmental checklist associated with this code shall be one-hundred seventy-five ($175.00) dollars.
  9. Fireworks Licenses and Permits. The fees for permits and licenses issued pursuant to Chapter 6 of this code shall be as follows:

PERMITS:  Stands, Displays — $60.00

Building Plans

Minimum information required:

  1. Cross sections of all walls
  2. All windows: length, width, and height from floors
  3. Cross sections of all truss designs and attachments
  4. Cross section of roof sheathing and attachments
  5. All door locations
  6. Insulation
  7. All braced wall panels and attachments
  8. Foundation cross section, see new (ICC 2006) foundation specs  7-1-07
  9. Foundation depth
  10. All concrete reinforcement
  11. Plumbing details
  12. All flooring cross sections and attachments
  13. Snow load data from engineer

Detached Garages, Shops, Barns, Storage Buildings, Carports, Greenhouses, etc.

  1. Completed Building Permit Application with a site address.  (Often the same as adjacent residence.)  This address MUST be posted at the site before work can begin.
  2. Site Plan
  3. Copy of the contractor’s state license
  4. If there is to be any plumbing (bathroom, kitchen, sink, laundry etc), must have sewer and water approval from health department.  Plumbing is subject to additional fees found in Title 15 – Building Issuance and Fees.
  5. For pole construction, poles must be in holes before inspection.
  6. One set of construction plans including but not limited to:
  • Cross section of footings and foundation
  • Cross section of walls
  • Cross section of roof
  • Floor plan – if there is to be a separation of rooms
  • Climate and geographic design criteria
  • If there are to be cooking facilities, this may be considered a residential structure.
  • Plumbing plans to be submitted with building plans prior to issuance of permit.

Click here for a form to help diagram the details of your pole building.

Inspections

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To clarify when it is necessary for the owner or contractor to notify this department of a needed inspection, the following information is furnished:

  1. Please follow the issued permit guide you received for all inspections.
  2. Final Inspection: To be made after finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.

Arrangements for all inspections may be made by calling 509-725-7911.  We ask that at least two days advance notice be given so that trips may be properly scheduled to avoid duplication of visits to the same areas on a daily basis.

Access permits are required for approaches to all county roads.  Existing approaches will be reevaluated when use is changed (i.e. farm approach to residential).

  1. Certified Installer Form  
  2. Installer Training and Certification
  3. Minimum Manufactured Home footing requirements.
  4. Be sure to advise the manufacture that the minimum roof snow load in Lincoln County is 40 lb/sf.  This very small increase in cost may make all the difference in your new home.
  5. Mobile and manufactured home installation, Chapter 43.63B RCW
  6. Pre 1976 Mobile Home: Alteration Fire Safety Pre-Inspection Checklist (Required by Labor and Industries when relocating home)
  7. Crawl Space Ventilation
  8. Contact WA State Labor and Industries for Alteration Permits and a wide variety of other information regarding Factory-Built Structures

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT

  1. Completed Building Permit Application with a site address.  This address MUST be posted at the site before work can begin.
  2. Site Plan
  3. Proof of potable water: Health Department Approval Letter or Septic Permit
  4. Pre-approval of septic site from the Health Department: Approval Letter or Septic Permit
  5. Certification name and numbers of the installers other than the homeowner: form available online
  6. One set of manufacturer’s construction plans (if new home) for the footings and pier block schedule.  Footings are required (6” thick, 24” below grade to bottom of footing) on all homes.  Must be tied down to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  7. A relocated manufactured home should be installed according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.  If the manufacturer’s instructions are unavailable, you must either use Lincoln County’s standards (See below) or the instructions of a professional engineer licensed in Washington State.
  8. Addition/remodel of any Manufactured Home requires a permit from Department of Labor and Industries.

Minimum Footing Requirements

* Note that this only applies if the manufacture’s plans with engineers stamp is not available.

  1. Place anchors and holdowns at manufacturers specified locations.
  2. Bottom of footings or pads to be at a minimum of 30” below finished grade.
  3. Footings or pads to be a minimum 6” thick.
  4. Minimum concrete compression strength to be 2500 PSI.
  5. ½” (#4) rebar to run length-wise in footings or pads with maximum span of 24” O.C.
  6. If there is no pier block schedule then set piers no more than 5’ O.C.
  7. The site is to be graded and compacted (if needed) to the 2006 International Code      Council specifications.  The finish grade should be no less than 6” below building siding.
  8. Should allow a 6” sloping grade away from the building for 10’.

  1. Single-story footings and foundation
  2. Residential Egress Windows
  3. Crawl Space Venting
  4. Use these Web Hole Details only if the original manufacturer information is NOT available.
  5. Required Inspections

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT

  1. Completed Building Permit Application with a site address.  This address MUST be posted at the site before work can begin.
  2. Site Plan
  3. Proof of potable water: Health Department Approval Letter or Septic Permit
  4. Pre-approval of septic site from the Health Department: Approval Letter or Septic Permit
  5. Copy of the contractor’s state license/certificate
  6. 2 sets (1 for Building Inspector/ 1 for Builder) of construction plans including but not limited to:
  • All four sides viewed
  • Size of windows
  • Cross section of footings and foundation
  • Cross sections of walls
  • Insulation with R-value
  • Floor joists plan – size and span
  • Floor plan for each floor level
  • One set of plans will be returned to you after they have been approved
  • We cannot make copies of copyrighted plans

Inspections for Houses

If you call and leave a message on our voicemail, you must leave a call back number so we can reach you.

To clarify when it is necessary for the owner or contractor to notify this department of a needed inspection, the following information is furnished:

  1. Footings Inspection:     Set to grade with all steel in place prior to pouring concrete.
  2. Foundation Inspection:  To be made after excavations for footings are complete and any required reinforcing steel is in place.  For concrete foundations, any required forms shall be in place prior to inspections.   All materials for foundation shall be on the job, except where concrete is ready mixed, the concrete need not be on the job.  Where the foundation is to be constructed of approved treated wood, additional inspections may be required by the building official.
  3. Concrete Slab or Under Floor Inspection:  To be made after all in-slab or under-floor building service, equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items are in place but before any concrete is placed or floor sheeting installed, including sub-floor.
  4. Sub-floor Inspection: To be made prior to sheeting.
  5. Frame Inspection: To be made after the roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents are complete and the rough electrical, plumbing, and heating pipes and ducts are approved.
  6. Insulation Inspection:  To be made after all wall insulation is in place.  Ceiling insulation may be inspected on the final inspection.
  7. House Gas: Tested prior to unit connections.
  8. Tank Gas: After complete installation and operating.
  9. Final Inspection: To be made after finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.

Arrangements for all inspections may be made by calling 509-725-7911.  We ask that at least two days advance notice be given so that trips may be properly scheduled to avoid duplication of visits to the same areas on a daily basis.

Access permits are required for approaches to all county roads.  Existing approaches will be reevaluated when use is changed (i.e. farm approach to residential).

Smoke Alarms

R313.1  Smoke alarms.  Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:

  1. In each sleeping room.
  2. Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
  3. On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics.  In dwellings or dwelling units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.

When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit the alarm devices shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit.  The alarm shall be clearly audible in all bedrooms over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed.

All smoke alarms shall be listed and installed in accordance with the provisions of this code and the household fire warning equipment provisions of NFPA 72.

R313.1.1  Alterations, repairs and additions.  When interior alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit occur, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in existing dwellings, the individual dwelling unit shall be provided with smoke alarms located as required for new dwellings; the smoke alarms shall be interconnected and hard wired.

Exceptions:

  1. Smoke alarms in existing areas shall not be required to be interconnected and hard wired where the alterations or repairs do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure, unless there is an attic, crawl space, or basement available which could provide access for hard wiring and interconnection without the removal of interior finishes.
  2. Repairs to the exterior surfaces of dwellings are exempt from the requirement of this section.

R313.2  Power source.  In new construction, the required smoke alarms shall receive their primary power from the building source, and when primary is interrupted, shall receive power from a battery.  Wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than those required for over current protection.  Smoke alarms shall be permitted to be battery operated when installed in buildings without commercial power or in the buildings that undergo alterations, repairs or additions regulated by Section R313.1.1.

Additional Information from Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Building Inspector, Chip Hunt

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00-3:30 Friday’s by appointment

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 between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.  All scheduling must be done through this office number.

building@co.lincoln.wa.us

Fax: 725-4467

Forms, etc.

  1. 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 hereThe Tax Location Code for Lincoln County is very important to get right.
  2. Site Plan
  3. Inspection Affidavit (must have prior approval from Building Department)
  4. Site Built Residences
  5. Factory Built Residences
  6. Non-Residential
  7. Remodeling
  8. Plans
  9. Attics & Crawl Spaces
  10. Foundations
  11. Fees
  12. Title 15 – Flood Damage Prevention
  13. Building Code
  14. Contractors: A list of local building services providers
  15. Plumbing Testing
  16. Stairs
  17. LP Gas Container Location
  18. Smoke Alarms
  19. Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Foundation Walls
  20. Retaining Walls
  21. 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.

Codes Used

  • 2009 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2009 International Residential Code
  • 2009 International Fire Code
  • 2009 International Mechanical Code
  • 2009 Uniform Plumbing Code

Design Guidelines

  1. Minimum Snow Loads in Lincoln County: Roof 40 lb/sqft, Ground 50 lb/sqft
  2. Frost Depth is 30 inches (from finished graded to bottom of footing)
  3. Design for winds of 85 MPH
  4. Design for Exposure Class C
  5. Seismic Design Category C
  6. Termite Infestation: Slight to moderate.
  7. Radon: Zone 2, Moderate Potential (from 2-4 pCi/L).  EPA recommends that all homes that measure 4 and greater be mitigated.
  8. Rebar is not required in slabs but is highly recommended.
  9. Egress Windows:  5.7 Square feet minimum, 44″ Maximum Sill Height.  All bedrooms must have egress windows.
  10. Railings must be a minimum of 36″ tall (34″ on stairs) on structures more than 30″ high.
  11. Wood Stoves: Use the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  12. ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)
  13. Click here to research the soils for your site.

Miscellaneous Notes and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. The Washington State Department of Revenue has a Tax Rate Lookup Tool that may be useful to you
  7. Always Call Before You Dig, 8-1-1 or 509-456-8000 or 800-424-5555 (Free utility location service)
  8. Access permits are required for approaches to all county roads.
  9. Click here to look up a Contractor, Electrician or Plumber’s License Information
  10. RCW 18.08 Architects (licensing).  See also WAC 308-12
  11. RCW 18.27 regulates the registration of contractors
  12. RCW 18.43 Engineers and land surveyors (licensing)
  13. For questions regarding the subdivision of property or County zoning, go to the Planning page.
  14. Code of the West
  15. 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)