Building Department


Implementation has been delayed for the adoption of the 2021 Building codes. The 2021 Building Code will be implemented 120 days after June 30, 2023.

Island County is Now out of Detached Accessory Certificates for the 2023 Year - These are Permits for a Second Residence on a Property

To be placed on a waitlist, email Jennifer Bartholomew ( with your name, parcel number and phone number. You will need all application materials ready to submit to be eligible to be placed on this list.

WSEC Training

Free training to the community is available on the following dates and locations:

  • May 31, 2023 at the Coupeville Library from 9 am until 1 pm
  • June 2, 2023 at the Camano Building Annex from 9 am until 1 pm
  • RSVP to

Building Permit Applicants

Per Island County Resolution C-28-18, the building permit fees will be updated and effective as of Feb. 6, 2023.


All roof-covering projects, new and replacement, require a building permit.

Effective as of March 2022

Flood Development Pre-Application Conferences will be held in person 10 am and 11 am, Tuesdays on Whidbey Island and Fridays on Camano Island. Virtual conferences are available on either day. All time slots are first-come, first-served. Email Vicki Mertins or call 360-678-7869 to schedule a conference.

Building Inspection Requests

  • All Building Inspection requests must be made through the Island County Public Portal
  • All Building Inspection Results are available through your Public Portal account
  • If you are experiencing issues with your Public Portal account, please contact us at 360-679-7339
  • The preference for Building Inspection Requests is the Public Portal. If you are having issues and cannot reach us for assistance, you may send your inspection request by email

New Single Family Residence (SFR), new Accessory Structure Building Permits, and solar racking are now being accepted via our online Public Portal as well as in person.

Building Permit Submittal Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completed Building Permit Application (in ink with size 8 font minimum)
  • One set or copy of Building Plans (to scale)
  • One set or copy of Engineering and / or Structural Plans, if applicable
  • Completed Washington State Energy Code Worksheet
  • Plot Plan, no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches and to a standard engineering scale

Single Family Residence

  • A Copy of the Approved Access Permit
  • Address Application
  • Approved Septic Permit / As Built or Applicable Sewer District Connection Certificate
  • Approved WAV (Water Availability Verification Form)

New Construction (Garage / Shop Etc.) on a Vacant Parcel

  • If Proposing Plumbing: Copy of the Approved WAV
  • If Proposing Plumbing: Approved Septic Permit or Applicable Sewer District Certificate
  • If Proposing Heat: WA State Energy Code Worksheet
  • Approved Access Permit

Note: Garage / Shop on parcels under 2.5 acres without a residence are restricted to 800 square feet

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