Permit Center

In-person services

All in-person services at the Permit Center require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, email permitservicesappt@clark.wa.gov.

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. Use our forms and checklists and follow our permit applications submittal guidelines.

Online permitting

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! 

Why get permits?

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. Learn more about the importance of permits.

Residential permits

Learn more about residential permits.

LEAN review process

LEAN is required for new home construction on eligible lots and is a quicker review, approval and issuance process. Learn more about the LEAN process and certification.

Commercial permits

Learn more about commercial permits.

Electrical Permits

Clark County does not issue electrical permits. Visit lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/electrical/electrical-permits-fees-and-inspections/ or call 360.896.2300.

Building code adoption

The 2018 amended Washington Administrative Code (WAC) were adopted on February 1, 2021.

Rate increase

Effective June 1, 2021, building valuations will change based on the International Code Council annual update. Fees calculated on square footage or estimated valuations will increase. The average increase is about six percent.

Recording fee increase

Effective July 25, 2021, Auditor’s recording fees will increase. See fee schedule.

RV Emergency Parking 

Application for the use of recreational vehicles on private residential property for emergency habitation during the Clark County Declaration of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clark County Code, Title 40

The full text of Title 40 contains all regulations relating to property development in unincorporated Clark County.

Maps Online

Maps Online can answer many of your mapping and property information questions. It is also integrated with Community Development's permitting system, so you can see permits that have been issued for a particular property. Read our instructions.

Permit Types
Building    
 - Residential construction Information Applications
 - Commercial construction Information Applications
Fire Information Applications
Land Use Information Applications
Wetland/Habitat Information Applications
Location Hours Contact
Public Service Center
1300 Franklin Street, first floor
Vancouver WA 98660

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

Our preferred method of contact is via email at permitservices@clark.wa.gov

Phone
564.397.4078

Email
permitservices@clark.wa.gov

Appointments
permitservicesappt@clark.wa.gov