The Building Division is responsible for the review, processing, issuance, and inspection of building permits to ensure that construction within the City complies with the provisions of the adopted International Building Code, the Edgewood Municipal Code, and any relevant State codes.
We recognize the need to turnaround the review of applications quickly, the need of contractors to keep up with their construction schedule and, most importantly, the need for businesses to begin operating as soon as possible. With that in mind, the Building Division is always looking for ways to help applicants navigate through the permitting process.
Building Construction Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday and City Observed Holidays: NO CONSTRUCTION
Per EMC 18.90.140(G)
Unless otherwise modified by a permit decision
Building Permit Processing
How long will it take to get a permit?
The process of obtaining a permit is an interactive process. Factors that influence the length of time to obtain a permit are as follows:
- Completeness, accuracy and clarity of the plans and application
- Lot/property specific issues
- Availability of contacts (owner, agent, architect, engineer etc.) to answer reviewer questions
- Workload of City Staff at the time of permit application
- The type of permit
Depending on the type of permit and the factors listed above, the length of time will vary greatly.
- Very small interior-only project with no engineering requirements might qualify for 1 week review (express).
- Smaller single family alternations and additions and or interior only tenant improvement project might qualify for 2 weeks for the first review (fast track). If plan corrections are needed, an additional review will be required. Then the 2nd review will typically be completed within 1 week.
- New single family typically take 5 weeks for the first review. If plan corrections are needed, an additional review will be required. Then the 2nd review will typically be completed within 2 weeks.
- Complex project may take up to 10 weeks for the first review. If plan corrections are needed, an additional review will be required. Then the 2nd review will typically be completed within 3 weeks.
- WABO Adult Family Home Checklist (PDF)
- Over-The-Counter Permit Qualifications (PDF)
- Express Permit Qualifications (PDF)
- Fast Track Permit Qualifications (PDF)
- Typical Review Time by Permit Type (PDF)
- Average Building Elevation: Calculation Instructions
- Duct Leakage testing is now also required when changing equipment for existing construction per Washington State Energy Code 126.96.36.199. Use this Duct Leakage Test Results Form if needed for your mechanical project.