Types of Permits
NHC Permit – New Home Construction Permit: including but not limited to single family residences, duplexes, attached townhomes on their own parcel, existing homes that have been more than 60% destroyed or will cost more than 60% of the assessed value to repair, replace, or remodel.
ADS Permit – Additional Dwelling or Structure Permit (also includes Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Remodels and Additions): including but not limited to residential additions, remodel of existing areas such as a garage being converted to living space, enclosing a covered patio to create a sunroom or other livable space, new accessory building or structure moves, attached and/or detached carports, decks, garages, guest houses, patio covers, pools, saunas, and shops.
APS Permit – Approach/Sidewalk Permit: including but not limited to road approaches, new driveway cut onto a county road, sidewalk repairs and/or replacement.
ARS Permit – Alteration/Repair/Specialty Permit: including but not limited adult family home administrative only, minor repairs such as rot repair, minor alteration for areas that remain the same use and contain no plumbing or mechanical work. Examples: converting a dining room to a living room or removing a non-load bearing wall to make two bedrooms into one large bedroom, or to an open space.
IVB Permit – Building Investigation Permit: including but not limited damaged structures which include fire damage, storm damage, vehicle damage, unpermitted structures. This case type allows an inspector to review the damage to determine what is needed to submit for the permit to repair the damage.
DEM Permit – Demolition Permit: Applies to the removal of any structure or accessory use that has been previously permitted or that would have required permit. Examples: existing single-family residence, commercial structure, attached or detached garage, shop, pool, deck, patio cover, etc. Note: Does not include manufactured or mobile homes, contact Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries.
FRT Permit – Fence/Retaining Wall Permit: including but not limited to fences over 7’ in height, retaining walls over 4’ in height or retaining walls at any height that carries a surcharge.
MBH Permit – Mobile Home Permit: including but not limited to manufactured home placement, mobile home placement, temporary hardship permits, six month staging (temporary storage permit only valid for six months).
MIS Permit – Miscellaneous Permit: including but not limited to address assignment or request change not associated with another building permit, agricultural structure exemptions, commercial foundation only, flag poles, light poles, title eliminations, stormwater extensions, other.
RSW Permit – Re-Roofing/Re-Siding/Windows Permit: including but not limited to residential re-roofing, residing, or replacing like for like size windows, commercial re-roofing, residing, or replacing like for like size windows.
SOL Permit – Solar Panels Permit: including but not limited to roof mount, ground mounted or freestanding solar panels.
Title Elimination – Application form
When is a residential permit required?
- New construction of a single-family dwelling
- New construction of a duplex or accessory dwelling unit
- Additions, alterations and remodels to existing structures
- Adding a garage, carport or deck/patio cover
- Adding or removing walls
- Converting basement, attic or garage to a living space
- Changing the footprint of an existing structure in any way
- Adding a second story
- Sheathing repair or replacement
- Adding or replacing a driveway or RV pad
When is a residential permit NOT required?
Work exempt from a permit still must meet building code requirements as well as local code requirements such as setbacks, heights, etc.
- Fences 7’ tall or less, footing must be inward facing
- Decks 30” or less above grade, except when used for hot tub or pool
- Sheds 200 sq. ft. or less, must meet setbacks and easements
- Painting, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work
- Patio and concrete slabs on the ground grade, may not be built on easements
For additions and new construction, required permits such as plumbing, heating and cooling, water/sewer connection and road approach will be included in ADS (additional dwelling space) and NHC (new home construction) permits. Lawn sprinklers and woodstoves require separate permits. See our residential forms and checklists page for more information.
In some instances, environmental permits may also be required.
If your project involves electrical work, connection to public water or sewer, or connection to an existing septic system, you will need additional permits and approvals from other agencies. See Residential Permit Information handout.
Applying for a permit
Decks - In general, decks require permits; however, decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve a required exit door are exempt from permit. All decks must meet minimum setback requirements and be constructed to building code standards even if a permit is not required.
Fences - Fences seven feet or less in height do not require a permit.
Garden sheds, tool sheds, and play structures - Structures less than 200 square feet do not require a permit. See our Garden sheds, gazebos, and play structures handout.
Lawn sprinklers - A permit is required for the backflow prevention between the sprinklers and the water supply.
Retaining walls - A permit is required for retaining walls over four feet in height, when measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, and/or for walls that support a load (i.e. slope, driveway, footings). Engineering by a Washington State registered engineer is required for all retaining walls requiring a permit.
Roofing - Re-roofing permits are required for all buildings in Clark County. A separate permit may be required if structural work such as replacing roof sheathing is necessary. Generally, a maximum of two layers of roofing may be applied to a residential structure. See our Roofing, siding, and windows permit handout.
Siding and windows - A permit is required to replace any windows or siding on a structure.
Water heaters, toilets, and sinks - A plumbing permit is required for installation of any plumbing fixtures. See our Plumbing application.
Clark County does not issue electrical permits. Visit lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/electrical/electrical-permits-fees-and-inspections/ or call 360.896.2300.