Permits are required in order to ensure projects meet the requirements for health, safety and structural soundness as set forth in National Building Codes, Washington State Amendments, and the Olympia Municipal Code.
Does Your Project Include?
- Building Construction
- Building Alterations or Repairs
- Building Demolition
- Changing the Use of a Building
- Electrical Work
- Excavation or Fill
- Felling More Than 6 Trees
- Fire Systems
- Foundation Repair or Replacement
- Furnace, Hot Water or Gas Appliance
- In-ground Fuel Tanks
- Manufactured Home Installation
- Moving a Building
- Siding Repair or Replacement
- Sign Installation
- Temporary Power
- Temporary Signs and Banners
- Window Replacement
- Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts
- Work in the City Right of Way
- Yard Sprinkler Systems
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The following projects do not usually require permits. Click for details.
One-Story Detached Accessory Buildings
Used as a storage or tool shed, playhouse or similar use, provided the floor does not exceed 200 square feet (for residential) or 120 square feet (for commercial) and is detached at least 6 feet from the next structure.
Movable Cases, Counters and Partitions
Not over 7 feet high. Deer fence type may be 8 feet high. View - Fences Hedges Walls and Site Perimeter Grading for additional information.
Not over 5 feet, 9 inches high
Not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting loads caused by backfilling of soil, proximity of foundations, parking, driveways or hydrostatic pressures.
Supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
Note that even if a permit is not required, your project must meet all code requirements and development standards. View our Construction Codes page for details.
Contact the Permit Center at 360.753.8314 or CPDinfo@ci.olympia.wa.us