Not sure if you need a permit? Check our Do I Need a Permit page.
Submitting Your Application
Permit applications must be submitted in person at the Permit Center:
Olympia City Hall, 2nd Floor
Commercial project? Submit your plans electronically using our FTP site.
601 4th Avenue E, Olympia, WA 98501
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
How Long Does it Take?
Some simple permits can be issued the same day. Other permits can take up to:
- Single Family - 2 weeks
- Commercial Tenant Improvement - 3 to 4 weeks
- New Commercial - 60 to 90 days
Permit fees are due when the permit is issued. Projects requiring Plan Review are subject to a Plan Review fee of 65% of the permit fee that is due when you submit your application.
Fees of any amount may be paid by cash or check. Credit cards may only be used for fees totaling less than $2000.
When you are ready for an inspection, you must schedule it online with CPDOnline
Scheduling Requirements and Tips
Residential Setback Requirements
When you build a structure, you need to position your building on your lot so that it meets City setback requirements. Setbacks are intended to allow sufficient space between buildings for fire protection, to allow adequate yards, and to avoid nuisances for neighbors.
Working in the City Right-of-Way
The City requires bond and insurance information before a permit can be issued for work in the City Right-of-Way (ROW).
Bond Requirements and Forms
The City requires various legal forms for work associated with the construction of utilities and Right-of-Way (ROW) during the civil engineering permit process.
View Civil Engineering Forms
Contact the Permit Center at 360.753.8314 or CPDinfo@ci.olympia.wa.us