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For more information, view Building Permit Exemptions Bulletin BB-11
A building permit is required to install a new roof, install new windows and replace siding on any commercial, multi-family, public and/or residential single family house or storage shed. However, if the building is exempt from permit requirements to construct, then a permit is not required for re-roof, window replacement and/or siding replacement.
There are two ways to schedule Building and/or Land Use Permit inspections in the City of Ellensburg:
1- Telephone Inspection Request LineCall the Inspection Request Line at (509) 962-7142. Inspections must be scheduled by 4:00 pm the day prior to get an inspection for the following day. The inspection request line is cleared at 4:00 pm; if requests are made after 4:00 pm then they will occur two business days out, unless a different day is requested.
2- SMARTGov On-Line Permit CenterInspections can be scheduled by using the City of Ellensburg’s online SMARTGov web-based permitting software program. The SMARTGov website allows permit customers to view detailed permit information, schedule inspections and review the approval process of their permit application.Inspections must be scheduled by 4:00 pm for a next day inspection. Inspections scheduled before 4:00 PM the day prior will get an inspection for the following day. If requests are made after 4:00 pm then they will occur two business days out, unless a different day is requested.
SMARTGov On-Line Permit Center
If so, there is a new statewide Clean Building Performance Standard (Standard) that may apply to a building you own. The Standard is mandatory for all covered commercial buildings located in the state of Washington, starting in 2026. A covered commercial building is a building where the sum of nonresidential, hotel, motel and dormitory floor areas exceed 50,000 gross square feet, excluding the parking garage area. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) will be posting compliance requirements and a full list of possible covered commercial buildings on the Clean Buildings webpage, available beginning July 1, 2021. The list was generated using records obtained from each county assessor and other available information sources. Commerce will also be mailing notification letters to building owners after quality assurance checks on the list are complete.
The Early Adopter Incentive Program also launches on July 1, 2021. The program provides financial incentives to encourage early compliance with the Standard. A form will be available on the webpage on the day of the launch for building owners to communicate their intent to apply. Incentive funds are limited to $75 million. For more information about this program and the qualifications for applying, please visit the Clean Buildings Early Adopter Incentive Program webpage.
A garage may be allowed to be converted to a bedroom or habitable living space but there are more code requirements than a basement conversion. A permit is required for a garage conversion prior to commencing any work and a thorough plan review and inspections are required to ensure all code requirements are met. Please contact the Community Development Department to determine if the work can be permitted and to obtain the permitting requirements prior to commencing work.
Windows, Doors, Siding and Re-RoofMost of these types of permits can be issued the same day over the counter. However, if the project is located in a critical area or structural changes or repair are needed, then the permit cannot be issued the same day over the counter.
New Single Family Residence, Garage, ShopA permit for a new house, garage or shop takes approximately 3 weeks to review and issue. All new construction permits must be routed to Public Works, Energy Services, Planning and the Fire Marshal for review and approval.
Commercial, Multi-Family and PublicThere is no definitive time that can be established for review and approval for either new commercial, multi-family or public buildings. These types of structures usually require much more time for review due to the complexity of the structure and the site infrastructure. A Pre-Application meeting is required for these structures and staff may be able to provide an approximate review time at this meeting.
Commercial Tenant ImprovementSimple tenant improvement permits, that only involve interior work, can usually be issued in 1 week. However, if water, electrical or gas meters will be modified or location change the permit may take longer to issue. Tenant improvement permits that involve additions and/or exterior work will require more review time and no definitive review time can be provided, each project will require the time necessary for a complete review.
Public Notices can be view on the City's SMARTGov Online Permit Center
For questions regarding a particular Notice, please call the Planning Department at (509) 962-7231.