Building Application Information

Submittal Documents

The following shall constitute the submittal documents and shall be submitted in two sets with each application for permit:

  • Diagrams
  • Engineering calculations
  • Plans
  • Soil investigation reports
  • Special inspection
  • Specifications
  • Structural observation programs and other data

Information on Plans & Specifications

Plans and specifications shall be drawn to scale upon substantial paper or cloth and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.

Issuance

The application, plans, specifications, computations and other data filed by an applicant for a permit shall be reviewed by the Building Division. When applicable, the plans may be reviewed by other departments, such as the Planning, Engineering, or Fire Department. The applicant will be informed of other reviews/permits at time of application.

When the Building Department issues the permit where plans are required, such approved plans and specifications shall not be changed, modified or altered without authorization from the Building Division. All work regulated by adopted codes and the Washougal Municipal Code shall be done in accordance with the approved plans.

Plan Review Extension/Expiration

Applications for which no permit is issued within 180 days following the date of application shall expire by limitation, and plans and other data submitted for review may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed by the Building Division. 

The Building Division may extend the time for action by the applicant for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the applicant showing that circumstances beyond control of the applicant have prevented action from being taken. No application shall be extended more than once. In order to renew action on an application after expiration, the applicant shall resubmit plans and pay a new plan review fee.

Permit Extensions

Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which work may commence under that permit when the permittee is unable to commence work within the time required for good and satisfactory reasons. The Building Division may extend the time for action by the permittee for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the permittee showing that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being taken. No permit shall be extended more than once.

Expiration

Every permit issued by the Building Department under the provisions of 2015 International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, and the Uniform Plumbing Code shall expire by limitation and become null and void if the building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced with 180 days from the date of such permit, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 180 days. 

Before such work can be recommenced, a new permit shall be first obtained to do so, and the fee therefore shall be one half the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work, and provided further that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one year. In order to renew action on a permit after expiration, the permittee shall pay a new full permit fee.

Refunds

The Building Division may authorize refunding of not more than 80% of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code. The Building Division may authorize refunding of not more than 80% of the plan review fee paid when a application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan reviewing is done. The Building Division shall not authorize refunding of any fee paid except on written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of fee payment.