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Development Services

 

 

Decks


 

Uncovered decks that have a walking surface below 30" from finished grade do not require a building permit.  Please be aware that it still needs to meet the current building code.  Contact our office if you have any questions.

 


 

Please be aware that incomplete packets will not be accepted.  Be sure you have all forms, information, plans, deposit (if applicable) and supporting documents prepared and ready at the time of submittal.

 


 

Required Forms

 

Application Checklist 205KB 2018/03/01

Completed Application Form 54KB 2018/03/01

Site Plan 51KB 2018/03/01

Agent Authorization 37KB 2018/03/01

Uncovered Deck  237KB 2018/03/01

Covered Deck 124KB 2018/03/01

Site Address Application 157KB 2018/03/01

Public Works Approach Permit Application 157KB 2018/04/24

 

 


 

Application Instructions

 


 

How to Submit
 

We accept applications in person at our office, by mail or direct shipping.

We're currently unable to accept application packets by email, online or by other means.

 

 

In Person

We are able to accept complete application packets between 8:00am - 4:00pm, M-F.
We are closed public holidays.

 

Mail

Grant County Development Services
Building Division
P.O. Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823

 

FedEx/UPS

Grant County Development Services
Building Division
264 W. Division Ave
Ephrata, WA 98823

 


 

Application Acceptance - Complete Packets Only

  • Each application packet will undergo a “counter complete” review when it is received (either in person at the counter or when received by mail) to determine whether or not each application is complete and can be accepted and assigned an application number. 

  • If an application packet is deemed incomplete during the initial “counter complete” review, we will attempt to gather the missing information/documents while the applicant/agent is waiting at the counter via phone or email. 

  • If received by mail and incomplete, we try to gather any missing information by the next business day 12:00noon. 

  • If the information cannot be received by that time, we will return the application packet to the applicant for completion and resubmission. 

  • If the packet is deemed complete, it will be accepted and an application number assigned.  (This application number is needed by the Health District for septic applications.)


 

Requirements of Other Approving Departments

 

Applications are typically reviewed by the following departments:

  • Building – structure review as well as placement of the home on the property, setbacks between structures, etc.

  • Health District – septic, water and related setbacks.  Please contact them directly regarding your proposed project to find out if they have any requirements, processes and/or fees.

  • Planning – includes land use, height restrictions, setbacks to property lines, zoning, shorelines, wetlands, critical areas and other land use considerations.  Please contact them directly with any questions regarding your proposed project.

  • Public Works/WSDOT – legal access from County road or State Highway

Department Contact 138KB 2018/03/01
If you have any questions regarding the requirements, processes and/or fees of other departments, please contact them directly.  Please click on the link to open a window with a contact list.



Application Forms and Required Information
 

Prepare ALL forms and provide ALL information that pertains to your project.

 

Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.  Please call us with any questions prior to attempting submittal to avoid having the packet being denied or sent back.

 

Here are the forms you will need to prepare and submit together (incomplete applications will not be accepted):
 

Application Checklist 205KB 2018/03/01
This is our checklist that we use to make sure we have everything to accept the application.  As you prepare your packet, please be sure to initial each component that you have prepared and are submitting. 

 

Completed Application Form 54KB 2018/03/01
All information that pertains to your project is required.  For any part of the application that does not apply to your project, please indicate N/A.  An incomplete application will result in the application not being accepted.

 

Note: if there is an existing home on site that is going to be removed, please indicate that clearly on the application as part of the project description.

 

Site Plan 51KB 2018/03/01

Please complete the attached form following the instructions on the first page. Please be aware that we are unable to accept site plans larger than 11 x 17.  An incomplete site plan will result in the application not being accepted.

 

Agent Authorization 37KB 2018/03/01

Applications need to be signed by an authorized representative of the land owner, if not his/herself.  If anyone other than the land owner is applying (i.e. agent or General Contractor), please be sure to include this form that is completed and signed by the land owner or an authorized representative of the land owner in the case of a company or trust. This form is also required if the applicant is in the process of purchasing the land and it has not yet been recorded.  In this case, the seller will need to complete and sign this authorization form and it is to be submitted as part of the application packet.

 


 

One Complete Set of Plans  
 

You will need to submit one complete set of construction documents as part of your application packet.

 

If your project meets the requirements of the handouts below, you may be able to use the one that applies to your project as plans or as an information source for creating your own plans.

 

Uncovered Deck  237KB 2018/03/01

 

Covered Deck 124KB 2018/03/01

 

Site Address Application 157KB 2018/03/01
Please complete and submit as part of the application packet together with a check made payable to Grant County Planning in the amount of $15.00.  This is required if there is no county verifiable address assigned to the property.  If you are unsure as to whether or not your address is county verifiable, please call our office and speak to someone. 

Reflective Blue Marker:  this form can also be used if you already have a county verifiable address and you would like to order a standard blue reflective marker.

Public Works Approach Permit Application 157KB 2018/04/24

Public Works approval is required for all Building permit applications for construction or placement, when your road access is off a County road.  You should complete a new Road Approach application for submittal with your Building application, even if you have done one previously.

 

Regardless of type of Building Permit application, a Public Works Approach application is required for any new access (driveway) or alteration to access (driveway) off a County Road, including where Private Roads meet the County Road.

 

For questions on Approach or Approach Application requirements, please contact Public Works at 754-6082.

 

WSDOT Proof of Access  
This is required if the property is off of a State Highway and there are no existing buildings.  If it is a brand-new site, please contact GouldW@wasdot.wa.gov to apply for an access permit off of a State Highway. 

 

WSDOT proof of access may be required for Change of Use permits as well.

 


 

Fees and Processing Times

 

Fees
Permit fees are based on square footage of the proposed deck. If you would like an estimate, please cal
l our office with the square footage details of your proposed deck.

Permit fees are due when all departments have reviewed and approved the application.  You will be contacted with the permit fee due to issue.

 

 

Method of Payment

Fees are payable by exact cash or by check, cashier’s check or money order.

We are able to accept credit card payments in person, over the counter only.

For credit card payments, there will be an additional 2.5% convenience fee charge payable to the credit card company in addition to the permit fee.

 

Processing Times

Average Building Division processing times for residential applications is 3 weeks.  Other approving departments may have their own processing times that are out of our control.

You will be notified as soon as all necessary departments have approved your application and it is ready for payment and pickup.

 


 

Please Remember

Incomplete packets will not be accepted.  Be sure you have all forms, information, plans, deposit (if applicable) and supporting documents prepared and ready at the time of submittal.

Please call if you have any questions


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