Frequently Asked Questions
Some types of uses are permitted as a home occupation. For more information, please contact the Department of Building and Planning at (509) 684-5096.
The rule of thumb is, if you have to ask, you probably need to secure a permit. Permits are required for any building or structure which is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has been first obtained from this department.
Yes, the code requires that a deck located more than thirty inches (30") above the surrounding grade obtain a building permit.
Yes, it is a replacement and requires a permit for the installation.
No, not for fences six (6) feet or less in height. The Colville Zoning Ordinance contains fence standards regulating height and placement that must be complied with. (Please see Colville Municipal Code, Title 17.)
No, a permit is not required for cosmetic improvements such as painting, carpets, or other types of flooring material.
No, a permit is generally required when the work involves moving a fixture, installing new fixtures or installing drain lines or water supply piping.
Emergency repairs or replacements can be done immediately. However, if a permit would normally be required, you should obtain the permit as soon after the repair or replacement is accomplished to confirm by inspection that the installation meets the code requirements for the repair or replacement.
Building Structural Design in jurisdiction is subject to the following criteria:
|Roof Snow Load:
||40 pounds/square foot (psf)
|Wind Speed (mph):
||85 mph (3-second gust)
|Subject to Damage from:
| Weathering Frost:
| Depth Line:
||None to slight
||None to slight
|Winter Design Temp:
|Ice Shield Underlayment Requirement:
||Community Panel #5301870001B, Zone C, Effective 6/5/85
|Air freezing Index:
|Mean Annual Temp:
* Information taken from the National Climatic Data Center data table "Air Freezing Index - USA Method (Base 32° Fahrenheit) at www.noaa.gov/fpsf.html.
There are some types of projects which are exempt from the permit process. They are:
a. One story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided that the projected roof area does not exceed 200 square feet.
b. Oil derricks.
c. Movable cases, counters and partitions not over 69" high.
d. Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured form the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids.
e. Water tanks 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.
f. Platforms, walks, and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below.
g. Painting, papering and similar finish work.
h. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
i. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of single family and garages when projecting not more than 54 inches.
j. Prefabricated swimming pools, less than 24 inches deep, accessory to a single family home in which the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
k. Fences that are 6 feet in height or less. Please check the specific requirements for fence construction.
l. The Building Official may exempt construction, alternation or repair work where such work is less than $500 in construction value; to be of a non-structural nature; does not include the installation of wood stoves, freestanding fireplaces or other similar heat producing appliances; and is determined to be consistent with the intent of this code and the general health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing and mechanical permits will be required for the above exempted items.
Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.