*NOTE - Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Community Planning and Development has modified its operations. City Hall and the Permit Center are closed to the public as of Friday, March 13. There is no “walk in” permit service.
Community Planning and Development staff are now telecommuting. We encourage customers to contact staff directly via their office number - phone lines are set up to forward calls to staff. In-person Over-the-Counter Permit services have been suspended; for more information about Over-the-Counter Permit Services click here. Please contact us by phone or email for general customer support at 206-275-7605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an executive order directing all residents to heed current State public health directives to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of essential critical infrastructure and essential functions. The Governor has also identified a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help local officials protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.
The Governor has issued a further clarification memo on construction activity.
- The City has temporarily suspended the issuance of permits authorizing any construction work not related to maintaining essential critical infrastructure.
- The City is continuing to accept permit applications electronically.
- The City of Mercer Island will not conduct City inspections for any work conducted in violation of the Governor's stay at home order.
- In accordance with Governor Inslee’s order, the City will issue permits and inspect work:
- Necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation (side sewer), and essential operation of residences.
- Supporting or enabling transportation functions.
- Residential construction related to emergency repairs and projects that ensure structure stability.
- Necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects.
- Related to maintenance and repair of heating, cooling, and refrigeration services.
- Necessary to support the continued operation of the Governor’s mandated essential critical infrastructure.
The City will continue to monitor the situation and will update this approach as needed.
After you obtain the required permit(s) for your intended work, you need to schedule inspections at the appropriate stages. The inspector will review your work for conformance with applicable codes and standards and either approve your work thus far or issue corrections that must be made. Inspections are specific to each site and scope of work; depending on your project and building type you may be required to schedule multiple inspections.
If your project includes an approved set of plans then the inspection log is located at the right side of the cover sheet. If your project does not include an approved set of plans, then your inspection log is printed on the back of the permit. These required inspections are written in the order that they are typically conducted. Please maintain the plan coversheet in good condition because the inspector(s) will sign off each inspection on your plan coversheet as your record of the inspection and inspection approval. Check out the Plan Coversheet for a list of inspections and other general requirements. (*Note, your first inspection is typically a pre-construction meeting intended to discuss unique aspects of your project as well as familiarize you with general regulations and the inspection process).
The final inspection, and subsequent signature from a building inspector once approved, is absolutely necessary in acquiring the City's approval of the finished project. If a project is not finalized, then the permit is still active. This may pose disclosure-associated problems when selling your home.
When do I schedule an inspection?
You need to schedule an inspection before you cover and/or conceal any work. Additionally, any concrete, foundation or wall work must have an inspection two days prior to work. This prevents last minute issues regarding this step, which can save you time and money. If you are unsure of when to call for an inspection, please contact our Customer Service Team (CST) at (206) 275-7605.
How do I schedule an inspection?
Schedule your inspection online at MyBuildingPermit.com. This site provides "same day" service if you make your request by 6am.
You can also schedule a "next day" inspection by calling the Inspection Request Line at (206) 275-7730. Inspection requests that are submitted before 4pm will be scheduled for the following work day. Remember that you must schedule an inspection for any concrete, foundation, and/or wall work two days prior. When calling to request an inspection make sure you leave the following information on the recording:
- Main permit number
- Sub-permit number (if applicable)
- Job site address
- Owner's name
- Your name
- Contact phone number
- Type of inspection needed
- Date you want inspection
Failure to provide all of this information may delay an inspection.
Please request your inspection at mybuildingpermit.com or on the Fire Department inspection request line at (206) 275-7979 and we will call you to schedule your inspection date and time. Please allow up to 48 hours of advanced notice. We are generally not able to do same day inspections or inspections on Tuesdays due to pre-application meetings.
NOTE: We offer booking of morning or afternoon time windows, not set times. However, on the day of the inspection, call the city after 9:00am and you can learn if the inspector expects to be there in the morning or afternoon. Morning inspections are generally from 9am-12am and afternoon inspections are generally from 1pm-5pm.
How do I schedule a Fire inspection?
How do I check the status of an inspection?
Check the status of your inspection online at MyBuildingPermit.com.
You may also call our CST during business hours to check the status of your inspection at (206) 275-7605. Have your permit number ready to ensure efficiency. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of inspections, it is unlikely that you will receive an exact time for your inspection. An inspector's schedule changes periodically due to the situation s/he encounters at each site. Thank you for understanding.
How do I cancel an inspection request?
To cancel an inspection request go online at MyBuildingPermit.com or call CST at (206) 275-7605.
List of typical residential inspections: For a complete list of residential inspections and other general requirements please access our Plan Coversheet.
Get to know your City Staff!
Please feel free to contact members of the Building Team with your permit questions. Our Electrical/Building inspectors are licensed electricians and are able to fulfill a combination of your inspection needs. The Building Team has substantial experience in Building Construction and Inspections, as well as having earned multiple ICC/ICBO certifications as Building Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, and Mechanical Inspector, etc. To get in contact with the City Staff, contact CST at (206) 275-7605.