Many projects require some type of permit so
it is important to contact the Building Department before beginning any
construction work. Projects started without a permit will be stopped and are
subject to normal permit fees in addition to civil fines and inspection costs.
Projects that Require Permits:
The City issues the
following kinds of permits; building, mechanical, storm drainage and detention
systems, demolitions, grading, working in the right-of-way and driveway
A building permit
is required for any type of structural work, including:
remodels and alterations
- All additions
- Replacement of doors or windows
- Swimming pools, hot
tubs and spas
- Wall-board repair and replacement
walls over 4 feet in height
- Accessory buildings such as gazebos, sheds
and pool houses
- Most arbors and trellises
- Most water features
mechanical permit is required for installing or replacing mechanical items such
- Water heaters
- Ranges and indoor
- Fireplaces inserts and log lighters
- Fans and
- Air conditioners and heat pumps
- Hydronic heating
The following types of permits or reviews may be
required, but are handled by the agencies indicated.
Electrical permits are issued and
inspected by the Department of Labor and Industries.
State of Washington
Department of Labor and Industries
616 120th Avenue NE, Suite C201
Bellevue, WA 98005
Plumbing and Gas Piping
Plumbing and gas piping permits are issued and inspected
by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.
Seattle - King
County Department of Publice Health
Environmental Health Services
- 5th Ave, Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104
You must obtain a mechanical permit through the City of Clyde Hill for
gas appliance hookups; including gas cooktops, gas hot water heaters, gas
furnaces, air conditioning units attached to gas furnaces, fireplace gas inserts
or starters and gas BBQ connectors.
Sanitary Sewer, Water
Connections and Fire Sprinklers
The City of Bellevue provides water,
sewer and fire service to the City of Clyde Hill. These types of permits are
issued and inspected by the City of Bellevue.
Many new homes and
substantially remodeled homes require fire sprinkler systems. The determination
of whether or not a sprinkler system is required for your project is made by the
City of Bellevue Fire Department.
Prior to your submission to the
City of Clyde Hill for a building permit you must have a fire sprinkler
determination for your project. Take two copies of your finalized building
plans to the City of Bellevue Fire Department. They will review the plans and
stamp them; the stamp will indicate whether a sprinkler system is required or
not. These same two copies of the stamped plans should then be submitted to the
City of Clyde Hill for the Building Department review.
Asbestos removal is coordinated by the Puget
Sound Clean Air Agency.
Projects for which a Building Permit is not required:
- One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds,
playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square
feet and meets the accessory structure regulations of the Clyde Hill Municipal
- Fences not over 6 feet high. This exemption shall not apply to
structures designed or used for sound attenuation purposes.
walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing
to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II
or IIIA liquids.
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above
adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an
- Temporary motion picture, television and theater
stage sets and scenery limited to thirty (30) days.
- Swings and other
playground equipment accessory to single family dwellings, not affecting the
structural coverage allowance of the lot and meets the accessory structure
regulations of the Clyde Hill Municipal Code.
- Painting, papering,
tiling, cabinets, counter tops, carpeting and other similar finish work for
which inspection to verify code compliance is not required unless these items
are part of a larger project that requires a building permit.
- Pre-fabricated swimming pools located above grade that contain water not
over 24 inches in depth.
- Non-fixed and moveable cases, racks, counters
and partitions not over five feet, nine inches (5'9") in height, unless these
items are part of a larger project that requires a building permit.
Projects for which a Mechanical Permit is not
- Portable heating, cooking, or clothes drying
- Portable ventilation equipment.
- Portable cooling
- Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling
equipment regulated by this code.
- Replacement of any part which does
not alter its approval or make it unsafe.
- Portable evaporative cooler.
- Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or
less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
- Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping
system and are not interconnected.
which a Plumbing Permit is not required:
- The stopping and/or
repairing of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe provided, however,
that should any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe
become defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with
new material, the same shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be
procured and inspection made as provided in this code.
- The clearing of
- Reinstallation or replacement of pre-fabricated fixtures
that do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves or
equipment replacements and equipment repairs must be performed in an emergency
situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working
business day to the building official.
Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary
repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved
portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or
portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing
support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or
rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor
shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alternation of, replacement or
relocation of any, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil,
waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work
affecting public health or general safety.