Permit Services


CALL AHEAD! The Permit Counter is now open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, excluding Fridays, weekends and holidays. However, based on staffing and availability, permit counter hours will be temporarily changed and/or reduced in conjunction. Please take note of any temporary changes as listed on the city homepage. Appointments are necessary to reserve time during these hours, as appointments will be given priority to walk-in customers. Building Inspection hours are from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday excluding Fridays, weekends and evenings.


Permit Services
Need permits for a major building development, a simple home remodel or a water heater? Perhaps you need a Business License or Peddlers Permit? The Permit Center can help you out with one stop for licenses, planning, building, and fire permit applications and information.

One-Stop Permit Center
The City established a one-stop permit center which is located in the main lobby of City Hall, 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100, Covington, Washington. The permit counter operates from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and is closed Fridays, weekends and holidays. Please contact a permit specialist at (253) 480-2447 to set up an appointment. If you happen to arrive without an appointment, we may not be able to serve you at that time. Staff will be happy to assist you through applicable permits and explain the review process in detail. Knowledgeable staff is available to help or direct you to the person with the most expertise to answer your questions.

Plan Review
Plan Review staff is responsible for the implementation of the International Codes as adopted by the State of Washington and amended by the City of Covington. These codes include the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Existing Building Code, Washington State Energy Code, Washington State Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Code, Washington State Historic Building Code, Washington State Manufactured Homes Installation Requirements or Mobile Homes Installation Requirements and the Washington State Factory Built Housing and Commercial Structures Installation Requirements or Modular Installation Requirements. Click HERE for link to on-line codes.

Plan Review staff is also responsible for the review of all construction plans submitted for permit. These plans are reviewed for compliance with the adopted International Code and City regulations. Our staff is certified by ICBO and other organizations to review plans using the International Building Code, International Mechanical Code and International Plumbing. Plan reviews are completed using checklists to ensure the completeness of the review.

Inspection Requests

All Inspection Requests must be made online at INSPECTION REQUESTS  or by phone at (253) 480-2440. Building Inspection hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to Noon, closed Fridays, weekends and holidays. Requests are taken up until 3:00 p.m. each business day for the following business day. All Permits and Approved Plans are required to be on-site or in the general contractor's site offices at the time of the inspection. The general contractor or permit holder is responsible for insuring that all areas are inspected prior to concealment. Areas of inspections need to be ready when the inspection is requested and the contact person must be on-site.

Permit Applications, Forms, Submittal Requirements and Fees
The City has many different types of permits for residential and commercial development and for all other types of projects. You can find the most common permits, submittal requirements, informational forms and fees on this site. They are presented as downloadable pdf (Adobe Acrobat) documents. In order to view or print the forms you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. (Obtain free Acrobat Reader)

Permit FAQs