Permit Center closed to in-person services

In an abundance of caution due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, Community Development has made two closures to in-person services: the Permit Center and the reception window on the third floor of the Public Service Center. 

The closure decision was made in consideration of the health of customers, employees and the community. 

We encourage our customers to use online services. Customers may contact staff by phone or email. 

Permits and inspections

The Building Safety program will be short staffed January 11 thru January 27 due to mandatory training.

Visit our Permit Center page for information about applying for permits.

Building inspections are only being performed on projects and elements that are specifically exempted in the Governor’s proclamation. Please visit our building inspection page for more information on how to obtain an inspection during the stay-home order.  

Application submittal guidance

Adoption of building codes

The 2018 amended Washington Administrative Code (WAC) will be adopted on February 1, 2021. Normally, code changes are effective on the day they are adopted; however, this year we are implementing the change differently due to Covid restrictions and scheduling permit submittal appointments.

In order to manage the needs of our customers as effectively as possible, the following policy has been created.

A building permit will be reviewed under the current code (2015 WAC) if the following three items are completed prior to midnight January 31, 2021: 

  1. Create your application online in LMS.
  2. Pay initial review fees to put application in submitted status. 
  3. Schedule an appointment by emailing

Note: the submittal appointment can occur after February 1 as long as the online application is made, paid for, and an appointment is requested by midnight on January 31. 

If any of the three steps above are not completed by midnight on January 31, the permit will be reviewed under the new code (2018 WAC). 

Our Building Safety program helps keep our homes, schools, offices, stores and other buildings safe for public use. We review and inspect all construction projects that require building permits in the unincorporated areas of Clark County and the town of Yacolt. These projects range from small-scale residential remodels to large, multi-story commercial buildings and apartments.

Building permits are beneficial to you and your community. By obtaining the required permits you are not only protecting the financial investment in your project, you are also guarding against potential hazards of unsafe construction.

Building permits: Why it is important to get them and common misconceptions

Permit Center

All building permits are now available for application in Clark County’s Land Management System, CC LMS. You can now register, apply for, and track a building permit online via the public portal from the comfort of your office or home! Be sure to visit the CC LMS Training page where you will learn how to create an account, estimate fees, apply for a permit, or sign up for training.

Permit applications and fees must be hand delivered to our Permit Center. Please see this page for special instructions. Make an appointment by email

Only one application may be submitted at a time. 

Location Hours Contact
Public Service Center
1300 Franklin Street, first floor
Vancouver WA 98660

Permit Center is closed to in-person services

Customers are encouraged to use our online services and can contact staff by email or phone during regular business hours.