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How do I apply for a permit?
Applying for a permit can be done in person at the Grays Harbor County Building Division office or by mail after contacting the Building Division to set up the receipt of your application.
What types of work are exempt from permitting?
Work exempt from permitting for both commercial and residential applications are described in the following bulletins.
Work Exempt from Permitting Under the International Building Code
Work Exempt from Permitting Under the Residential Building Code
When is my permit issued?
Your building permit will be issued after being reviewed and approved by each of the following as applicable.
- Fire Marshall
- Plan Review
You will be contacted by a permit coordinator when the permit is ready for issuance.
You can contact the Grays Harbor County Building Division to check the status of your permit application.
How long is my permit good for?
Issued permits are good for 180 days from the last approved inspection received on the project. Projects can have their permit validity extended, for valid reasons, beyond the initial 180 days by request of the applicant in writing to the Grays Harbor County Building Division prior to the expiration deadline being reached.
How much does a permit cost?
Permit costs are dependant upon the overall value of the proposed project and vary greatly. Factors such as square footage and type of construction of the proposal are used. In cases where building area is not appropriate for determining valuation written bids are acceptable. Please contact the Grays Harbor County Building Division @ (360) 249-4222 for estimates on permitting costs.
What is the Wind Speed, Snow Load, or other design criteria for my area?
Design criteria for buildings at a particular site can be determined by referencing the Wind and Seismic Maps bulletin or by contacting the Grays Harbor County Building Division at (360) 249-4222 with your parcel number or address.
Can I draw my own plans for my project?
Applicants can draw and submit plans to the building department for most projects less than 4,000 square feet in area or for single family residences and their accessory structures. The accuracy, code compliance and any revisions necessary to meet required codes are the responsibility of the applicant.
Does the County provide plans?
Grays Harbor County currently does have plans for pre-engineered pole building construction with limitations. Please carefully review the limitations of using the bulletin for certain applications or areas of the County.
Building plans for other structures must be provided by the applicant.
Do my plans have to be engineered?
Some plans may require design by a licensed Washington State Engineer in order to be approved for permit issuance. This determination can usually be made during the plan review process or preliminarily by consulting with Building Division staff.
Where can I find a list of Engineers or Architects?
Consult your local telephone book for a list of licensed Architects and Engineers in the area.
Where can I find a list of Licensed Contractors?
Consult your local telephone book for a list of licensed Contractors in the area. You should also review our Technical Bulletin #12 Hiring a Contractor for further advice.
Can I do the work myself?
Property owners are permitted to perform any work on their own property. When applying for a permit you will be asked to sign a form acknowledging the laws governing self contracting. (RCW 18.27.020, 18.27.110 and 18.27.114.)
Does the County have copies of my old permits and plans?
The County retains commercial plans and project specifications however the plans and specifications for residential projects are returned to the property owners 180 days after the project receives an approved final inspection or expires.
Where can I find the forms I need to apply for a building permit?
The forms needed to apply for a building permit can be found on our Forms and Bulletins page of this web site or by contacting a permit coordinator in the Grays Harbor County Building Division and requesting an information packet for your project.
What if I still have questions?
Please visit or contact the office and staff will assist you.