The School Health and Safety Program reviews playground design plans for all K-12 public, private and parochial schools to ensure playground safety and to confirm proper installation prior to being open to the public. This includes new and relocated equipment as well as the addition of nature play features.
How to submit for review
Prior to submitting for a playground plan review, please email the School Health and Safety program staff to confirm submission requirements. If required, please submit the application materials and required documents:
Starting January 1st 2021, plan review applications can be accepted online. For online applications, email us to get the unique link to access our online permitting portal. For instructions on how to register for a profile, submit and make payments, review the Online Users Guide.
Paper application materials, plans and payments can be submitted by mail at PO Box 9825 Vancouver, WA 98666. Paper application and submittal requirements are outlined in the application below:
Please note that in person submissions are currently not being accepted due to the COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Check back here for updates.
Plan review process
The length of time for a review is dependent on the completeness of the application packet and prompt responses from the applicant(s).
Prior to students accessing the playground, an occupancy inspection with Clark County Public Health staff is required. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure compliance with the approved plans and proper installation.
For application and additional information, please visit our School construction occupancy inspection page.
Environmental health fees
All Environmental Public Health fees are reviewed and updated annually.
- Washington Administrative Code 246-366: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
- Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington
- Washington Department of Health: School Environmental Health
- Center for Disease Control - Playground Safety
- Consumer Product Safety Commission - Public Playground Safety Handbook
- National Program for Playground Safety