Building Services

General Building Permit Information


Electrical, Mechanical, and PlumbingAn electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permit is required for most work

  • An electrical permit is required for any change to a wiring system
  • A mechanical permit is required to replace a furnace, add an air conditioning system, etc.
  • A plumbing permit is required for any new plumbing work or replacing a water heater
NOTE: If you have questions on whether a permit is needed, please contact city hall.

Why do I need these permits?Washington State Code and the City of Granite Falls regulates construction to ensure it is safe and code compliant.  City consultants provide inspections for permitted work and verify compliance with the appropriate code.

In addition, permits and inspectors help to safeguard persons and property from hazards that arise from improper installation.  Examples of the benefits of pulling a permit include:

Mechanical Permit
  • Improper venting of an appliance may cause exhaust gases from a fuel burning appliance to enter occupied areas.  Your inspector can help prevent this.
Plumbing Permit
  • Inspections ensure that drainage fittings, water piping, gas piping, and water heaters are all installed properly.
  • For a water heater, earthquake straps are inspected because they prevent structural damage and the gas pipe from rupturing during an earthquake.
Electrical Permits
  • The City of Granite Falls does not permit or inspect for electrical permits.  You can apply through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at this link
Miscellaneous Building Permit InformationBuilding size limitations which require a permit = 200 SF or higher
Snow Load = 25 pounds per square foot
Wind = 110 mph
Exposure B
3 second gust
Frost Depth = 18″
Seismic Zone = D-1
Elevation = 391 ft. (survey monument next to city hall)

Building Codes: (Ordinance No. 1002-2021– Adopting the 2018 Building Codes)2018 International Building Code (IBC)
2018 International Residential Code
2018 International Existing Building Code
2018 International Property Maintenance Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
2018 International Fuel Gas Code
2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code
2018 International Fire Code
2018 Washington State Residential Energy Code

Contract Building Inspectors:Tim Nordtvedt, Building Official, Plans Examiner, Inspector
Dick Lachapelle = Inspector

Inspections:Require 24 hours notice.  Please contact Becky Aiken, Deputy City Clerk to schedule inspections (360) 691-6441 or
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Building Permit Applications2 documents

  • Apply for a Building permit - Online Permit Portal
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  • Master Fee Schedule - List of Building Permit Fees
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Building Permit Checklists3 documents

  • Commercial Building Permit Submittal Checklist
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  • Single Family Residential Structures and Accessory Buildings Minimum Submittal Requirements for Structural Plans
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  • Checklist for Single-Family Homes, Additions, Garages, and other Residential Structures
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Construction Tip Sheets21 documents

  • 01. Basic Stairs
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  • 02. Handrails
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  • 03. Residential Guards (Guardrails)
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  • 04. Residential Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
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  • 06. Garage Separation
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  • 08. Single-User Accessible Restrooms
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  • 09. Accessible Parking Spaces
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  • 10. Residential Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings
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  • 11. Notching & Boring Rafters/Joists/Studs
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  • 13. Ramps and Landings
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  • 14. Accessibility and Door Clearance
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  • 17. Kitchens – Type A Unit
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  • 18. Kitchens – Type B Unit
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  • 19. Safety Glazing
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  • 23. Window Fall Protection
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  • 25. Garage Conversions
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  • 00. Permit Needed/Not Needed
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  • 05. Deck Tip Sheet
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  • 07. Water Heaters
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  • 22. Residential Attic HVAC Equipment
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  • 24. Residential Solar Systems
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Name : Becky Aiken
Position : Deputy City Clerk