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Building Permit Times

Turn Around Time for Building Permit Issuance in Washington State
(MRSC Email Survey - October 2001)
City or County Population (1999 est.) Minor Permits Residential Permits Commercial Permits Remarks (all times in this table are working days/weeks)
A number of respondents pointed out that times shown for their jurisdiction are for completed applications and do not include time for providing additional information or clarifications or for correction of errors. Also, times shown do not include zone changes, conditional use permits and other land use actions. Several respondents pointed out the statutory 120-day processing requirement of RCW 36.70B and that time required for the applicant to make corrections or supply additional information is not included in the 120 days. See the Comments section of this survey report.  
Adams Co.  N/A   2 weeks    If plans are in order & other permits obtained, then 2 days. 
Bainbridge Island 19,840   5 weeks    
Bremerton 36,270       8 weeks is current average, but want to reduce to 4 weeks with more staff
Brewster 2,065   1-2 weeks   More complex projects: 3-4 weeks
Bridgeport 2,125   1-2 weeks   More complex projects: 3-4 weeks
Burien 29,770   4-6 weeks 8-10 days Permit application review timelines available as information handout
Clark Co. N/A 7-14 days 14-21 days 30 days Comm. tenant impr. 30 days. All times average. See comments for table. 
Colville 4,750 1-2 days 1-2 weeks 2 weeks  
Cowlitz Co.  N/A   1-2 weeks 3 weeks See comments. 
CTED & Shockey N/A       See comments. 
Duvall 4,435   2-4 weeks   See comments. 
East Wenatchee 5,395   2-3 weeks 6-8 weeks Light comm. is same as Res.
Issaquah 10,130       See comments. 
Jefferson Co.  N/A       Average is 34 days. Range is 1-147 days. 
Kalama 1,630   2 weeks   Critical area issues could add another 2-3 weeks.
Kenmore 17,168 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks 2-3 months After planning permits are obtained. Commercial tenant improve 3-4 weeks. 
Lacey 29,020       See comments.
Lynden 8,910   7-10 days 14-21 days  
Mercer Island 21,570 30 days 60 days 60 days See comments. 
Mill Creek 11,110   2-3 weeks 3-6 weeks  
Mukilteo  17,180   4 weeks 6-8 weeks See comments for extensive discussion. 
Newcastle 8,605       Goal for all permits is 4-6 weeks. 
Nooksack 890   1 week 3-4 weeks See comments.
Okanogan Co. N/A   2 weeks   Average time, after planning department review. 
Pateros 630   1-2 weeks   More complex projects: 3-4 weeks. 
Pierce Co.  N/A   14-21 days 60-80 days Assuming no surface water or ESA reviews. 
Pullman 24,540 3 weeks  
Quinault Nation N/A       2 days for most permits, 2-4 weeks for larger projects. 
Richland 36,880   12 days 20 days 2nd reviews are 12 days for Comm, 9 days for Res. Tenant Imp. are same as Res. 
Seattle 540,500       120 days. See comments. 
Shoreline 52,030       See comments. 
Skagit Co.  N/A       29 days is median. See comments. 
Snohomish  8,250   1 month 8 weeks Multi-family: 6 weeks. 
Snoqualmie  1,980   2 weeks 3-4 weeks  
Spokane Co. N/A 1 day 3 days 34 days  
Stevens Co.  N/A   7-10 days   See comments. 
Sumas 976   1 week 1 month See comments. 
Sumner 8,495   2 weeks 4 weeks  
Tacoma 187,200   2 weeks 8 weeks  
Thurston Co. N/A   10 days   Average time. 
Walla Walla Co.  N/A       12-14 days in unincorporated county area. 
West Richland 7,625 2-3 days 3-4 days 5-9 days  
Whatcom Co.  N/A   1 month   In busy season, may be 6-7 weeks. 
Whitman Co.  N/A   1 week 2 weeks  
Winthrop 380       30 days, average.
Yakima 65,500 3 weeks Less time in Winter, more in Summer.