Permits from the Code Administration Office
New building at Davis High School, March 2013
The Code Administration Division of the City of Yakima is responsible for issuing permits for: Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fire Code, Water Connection (for connection to the City of Yakima domestic water), Wastewater (Sewer) Connection, Signs, Street Break, Noise, Banner (for specific locations across Yakima Avenue and 1st Street), and Right of Way Use Permits. We also conduct most of the inspections that go along with the permits listed.
Parade and Special Event Permits are reviewed by the City of Yakima Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins (509) 575-6274.
Electrical Permits: Please contact the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at (509) 454-3760 or at www.lni.wa.gov.
To apply for a permit:
≈ Building Permits: Please submit a Building Permit Application and two sets of construction plans (we approve both, you receive one stamped approved set back). This may include: site plan, floor plan, elevation/wall details, truss/floor engineering, before and after plan (remodels), WSEC worksheets, gas piping plans, etc. For commercial buildings, we ask that at the time of Building Permit Application, a complete (existing and proposed) plumbing fixture count is provided if you are planning to modify the plumbing. Please also indicate if the toilets are the tank type, or the flush valve type.
≈ Additional Building Permit information (Design Criteria) and handouts (information on stairs, guards, etc.) can be found here.
≈ Plumbing Permits: Please complete and submit the Plumbing Permit Application. The Plumbing Permits are based on the kind and number of fixtures to be installed. You can also apply for a Plumbing Permit online! (Commercial Plumbing Permits require additional review before issuing the permit, but you can certainly apply online.) Please visit our site at www.buildingyakima.com. (You will need to create an account in order to apply for a permit.)
≈ Commercial Side Sewer Permits: Please submit two copies of a detailed plan of your proposed side sewer line (including your method for connection to the public main, if applicable) for review and approval prior to permit issuance.
≈ Commercial or Residential Side Sewer Permits: After permit issuance, if you will be making a tap directly into the public sewer main, we ask that you schedule an inspection with our office so that we can verify that the tap is cut in such a way that leaves a smooth hole such as with a hole or core saw. “Hammer taps” will not be approved. Our inspectors also want to see the cored “plug” that results from core drilling. Also, the person doing the sewer main tap must possess a City of Yakima Side Sewer Installer’s license.
≈ Mechanical Permits: Please complete and submit the Mechanical Permit Application. If you are installing new gas piping, a gas schematic is also required which shows the size of the gas piping, distance of the gas piping from the meter to the new appliance(s), and the BTU’s of the new appliance(s). If you are adding gas piping, all existing piping sizes and distances also need to be shown.
≈ A Mechanical Permit and inspection is required for Residential Oil Tank Abandonment. For Residential Oil Tank Abandonment requirements, please see our handout.
≈ If your Mechanical Permit does not include any heating or comfort cooling equipment (ie. vent fans, wood stove), you may be able to apply for your Mechanical Permit online! Visit our site at www.buildingyakima.com to apply for a permit online.
≈ Fire Code Permits (including commercial tent/canopy permits): Please submit two copies of your plans as well as the Fire Permit Application. For the tent/canopy permits, please also include a site plan of the placement of the tents/canopies, as well as a copy of the fire retardant information/certification for the tent/canopy.
≈ Street Break Permits: applications can be obtained here, Excavation Permit – Street Break, or for more information, such as Engineering Specifications for your specific project, please visit the City of Yakima’s Engineering page for Road Specifications.
≈ Sign Permits: Please submit two sets of drawings that show how you plan to construct your sign, a site plan showing where on the property you plan to erect the sign (not necessary for wall signs), and a Sign Permit Application. For Billboard Signs, please contact our office at 575-6126 before submitting an application.
Construction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, December 2012.