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FAQs

What are the hours for submital? 
Building Permit Applications are accepted up to 2pm.

How do I apply for an Address?
You can apply via US Mail or in person at our Planning front counter in the Coupeville or Camano Annex.
Along with the Completed Application, the following shall be provided:
  1. Approved Access Permit
    Issued by Public Works (360-679-7331) approving the driveway onto a County road, OR Department of Transportation (360-757-5964 or 360-848-7230).  When it is the first acces onto the HWY. 
  2. Map
    An Aerial photo, or plot plan showing the accurate lot configuration.  On this map indicate the Approved Access Point/Driveway and any applicable easements.
  3. Fee
    $51.50 (made payable to: Island County Planning)
Can I submit for a Land Use & Building Permit concurrently? 
Yes. If you have a Land Use Submittal Appointment, upon arrival, Please let our front receptionist know that you also have a Building Permit submittal.  The Land Use application will need to be accepted in order to also intake the building permit application & plans, Due to limited quantity of Guest Cottages, they are excluded from concurrent review. 

Do I need a Licensed Contractor or am I able to do the work myself?
A Washington State Licensed Contractor is required.  
Yes you are able to do the work yourself however a Owner/Contractor Form must be signed by the Owner & submitted with the Building Permit Application.  

Building Permit Submittal Requirements

General Requirements

  • ​Completed Bldg. Permit Application (In INK w/size 8 font min.)
  • 2 sets/copies of Building Plans (to scale).
  • 2 sets/copies of Engineering and/or Structural Plans if applicable.
  • Completed WA State Energy  code worksheet.
  • Plot Plan, no larger than 11x17 and to a standard engineering scale.

​​Single Family Residence

  • ​A Copy of the Approved Access Permit
  • Address Application
  • Approved Septic Permit/AsBuilt or Applicable Sewer District Connection Cert. 
  • 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 sq. ft.

Building Permit Submittal Forms


Address
​As pending or issued by the Island County Planning Dept.
Site Address Application
Approved Access Permit
​As issued by the Island County Public Works Department
Access Permit Application 
Approved ​"WAV" (Water Availability Verification) Form
(Approved within the Year)
​As issued by the Island County Health Department
​Water Availability Verification Form
AsBuilt/*Approved Septic Permit OR Applicable Sewer District
​As issued by the Island County Health Department or applicable Sewer District 
​Application to Construct a Septic System

Holmes Harbor Sewer District
(360) 331-4636  

Penn Cove Sewer District 
(360) 679-4908
Submitted Land Use Permit
(Pending Approval or Approved)
 
​As issued by the Island County Planning Department
(i.e.; Variances, Clearing & Grading Permits, RUD's, EBEY Design Guidelines/Certificate of Appropriateness, within a Cultural Resources area)
*Place holder to add Land Use Page link



Shoreline Approval
(if within 200 ft. of Ordinary High Water Mark)
​​As issued by the Island County Planning Department
Please note: As of December 2020 if the parcel is also within the FLOOD ZONE, a Habitat Assessment requirements for FEMA will be reviewed within the Shoreline Planner.
​*Place holder to add Shoreline Page link
Plot/Site Plan (Aerial View)11x17 preferred or legible on smaller paper.  Drawn to scale, not to exceed Engineer scale 1"=60' and indicate water/Sseptic lines, tanks, drainfield & reserve and any building currently on the parcel and proposed buildings.
Plot Plan Example







Contractor Verification
If a Licensed WA State Contractor is not provided, the Owner must sign an Owner Contractor Form.
What is a registered contractor?
Visit WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries 
www.lni.wa.gov/contractors
​Statement of Contractor Verification Form


Staff Contact

(360) 387-3443

Building Inspection Request Line(s)

Whidbey Island: 
(360) 679-7307

Camano Island: 
(360) 678-8201

Request a Building Inspection prior to 3pm on a business day for a next business day Building Inspection. (Federal Holidays Observed)