Permit Center closed to in-person services
In an abundance of caution due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, Community Development is closed to in-person services.
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.
Permit application submittal guidelines
We are requesting all applicants to apply online prior to making their permit application appointment.
Please do not upload documents for building or fire applications.
For new applications, revision submittal, or permit issuance, an appointment is required. Email us at email@example.com to schedule your appointment. Important information will be emailed to you regarding your appointment. Please follow the directions in the email.
You will not be meeting with a staff member when submitting a new application or revisions. Separate appointments are required to apply for and to pick up your permit.
Building inspections will continue as normal until further notice.
Follow these guidelines:
- Building applications: application submittal (PDF), permit issuance (PDF)
- Development Engineering submittals (PDF)
- Land Use Review applications (PDF)
- Wetland/Habitat Review applications (PDF)
Checks are not being accepted during the Permit Center closure. All fees must be paid online.
*A standard convenience fee will apply to online payments.
LEAN Review Process and Tutorial
The Permit Center is re-instating the LEAN review process effective December 1, 2020. A soft start began in October.
LEAN will be required for all lots that are eligible which are lots within a recorded subdivision or short plat that meet other LEAN eligibility requirements. LEAN is only available for new home construction permits. LEAN provides a quicker review, approval and issuance timeframe which allows you to start construction of your new home faster.
LEAN certification is required to submit an application packet for the LEAN review process beginning December 1.
Accurately prepared applications with no corrections are issued and ready for pickup within the scheduled five-day turnaround timeframe.
A LEAN review process tutorial is now available to guide you through the process. This tutorial covers timelines, eligibility, submittal guidelines, and examples. When you complete the tutorial, you will access a certificate for downloading and printing. A copy of your certificate must be included with each new home construction permit application packet submittal.
You can register, apply for, in most cases pay, and track permits 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.
Check back with us frequently as we announce new features, releases, and planned maintenance on our systems.
Key points to remember:
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:
- Create your application online in LMS.
- Pay initial review fees to put application in submitted status.
- Schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
E-Check service fee increased
Effective September 7, the convenience fee for e-Checks increased by 50 cents for check validation.
Battle Ground and Ridgefield fire permits
The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office no longer contracts with the cities of Battle Ground or Ridgefield. If your site is within those jurisdictions, contact them for permit information. To find your jurisdiction, use MapsOnline: gis.clark.wa.gov/mapsonline.
- Battle Ground: contact Battle Ground at www.cityofbg.org, FMO@cityofbg.org, 360.342.5046
- Ridgefield: contact Clark County Fire and Rescue at www.clarkfr.org, 360.887.4609
Master Plan for residential production builders is now available online. Inquiries can be directed to Building Safety at 564.397.4557 or email email@example.com.