ATTENTION: CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

To protect staff and the public from the spread of COVID-19, all City facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Most business transactions can be handled over the phone or online. Please contact our office for assistance.

Current Services Being Provided During COVID-19

The City will continue to provide services online, by mail, or by phone at (509) 575-6126.

To submit large-scale plans and/or building permit applications, please call our office to coordinate submittal.

To pay for an application/permit, please include your check, payable to City of Yakima, with your submittal and mail to: City of Yakima, Code Administration Division – 129 North 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901

Or you can choose to pay online after we’ve have received and logged in your application/permit.

The Code Administration Division of the City of Yakima is responsible for issuing permits for: building, plumbing, mechanical, fire code, water connections (for connection to the City of Yakima domestic water line), wastewater (sewer) connection, signs, street breaks, noise, banner (for specific locations across Yakima Avenue and 1st Street), and right of way use permits.

Our newly upgraded Online Permit Center now allows you to apply for and obtain the following permits:

  • Commercial/Residential Mechanical (excluding gas appliances and piping)
  • Commercial/Residential Plumbing (applications only accepted online)
  • Commercial/Residential Reroof (tear off and reroof only)
  • Commercial/Residential Water and Sewer line replacements
  • Residential oil tank abandonments and removals

Additionally, the Online Permit Center allows you to:

  • Check on the status of your permit application
  • Request inspections and review inspection activity results
    • Inspection Scheduling Hotline (509) 576-6682
  • Pay online for any other permits/applications
  • Upload site plans and/or other submittal documentation for land use reviews

Permits from the Code Administration Office

Building Permit Application – for new construction, remodels, residential or commercial projects.

New Construction – submit a building permit application, plumbing and mechanical (if applicable), two sets of construction plans (you will receive one stamped, approved set back) to include: site plan, floor plan, elevations, wall details, truss engineering, floor engineering, and WSEC worksheets, and gas piping schematic (if applicable).

Remodels – submit a building permit application, plumbing and mechanical (if applicable), two sets of construction plans (you will receive one stamped, approved set back) to include: existing and proposed floor plans, wall details, and the following if applicable, truss engineering, floor engineering, and WSEC worksheets, and gas piping schematic (if applicable).

For Commercial projects –  if you plan to modify the plumbing please submit an existing and proposed fixture count, and please indicate if the toilets are tank type, or flush valve type.

Compliance with land use development standards may also be required. Visit the Planning Division webpage for more information.

Handouts and Applications:

Plumbing Permit Application: Plumbing permit fees are based on the number and type of fixtures installed, moved, or replaced. You can also apply for and obtain most plumbing permits at the Online Permit Center. Commercial plumbing permits will require review prior to permit issuance; however, you may make application online.

Sample Port Application Packet: Occupancies that discharge strong waste to the City of Yakima Wastewater Treatment Plant will require the installation of a sampling port (manhole) on the side sewer in accordance with Chapter 7.65 of the Yakima Municipal Code. If a sample port is required, please submit a site plan indicating the proposed location of the sample port and you must indicate which City sample port standard detail you plan to install. Questions regarding sampling port requirements may be directed to the Wastewater Division, Pretreatment Supervisor at (509) 249-6816. More information regarding the Pretreatment Program is available on their website.

Commercial and Residential Side Sewers: If you will tap the public sewer main we ask that you schedule an inspection with our office so 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 will want to see the cored plug results from a core drilling. Also, the person tapping the sewer main must possess a City of Yakima Side Sewer Installer’s license. 

Commercial Side Sewer – submit two copies of a detailed plan of your proposed side sewer line (including your method for connection to the public main, sample ports, and cleanouts, if applicable, for review and approval prior to permit issuance.

New Water or Wastewater Connections: Connection fees are required for new connections and will be determined during the building plan review process for new construction. Water connection fees will need to be paid prior to building permit issuance, pursuant to YMC 7.56.080. Wastewater connection fees are due prior to connection. For change of uses, remodels, and additions, additional water and wastewater connection fees may be required. You may contact our office to inquire as to if additional connection fees will be required, . For side sewer stub locations you may contact Utility Project Manager Dana Kallevig at (509) 249-6813 or by e-mail: dana.kallevig@yakimawa.gov

Mechanical Permit Application: Mechanical permit fees are based on the number and type of appliances and venting installed, moved or replaced. You can also apply for and obtain most mechanical permits at the Online Permit Center. The City of Yakima does not require a gas piping schematic  as part of the permit application for single-family residential, duplexes or townhouses. Gas piping schematics are required for anything that is regulated by the International Building Code. The schematic will need to show the size and length of the gas piping from the meter to the appliance(s) and BTU’s of the appliance(s). If you are adding onto existing gas piping all existing piping sizes, distances and size of  existing appliances must be shown. A mechanical permit is required for residential oil tank abandonment and removals. Please see our Residential Oil Tank Abandonment requirements.

Note: A Heating Journeyman license is required pursuant to YMC 11.32.020 for those who install and/or service heating or comfort-cooling appliances within the City of Yakima.

Fire Code Permit Application: Fire Code permits are required for all installations, additions, and alterations to any fire alarm or fire sprinkler system. Two complete sets of plans and specifications are required to be submitted and approved prior to permit issuance. A fire code permit is also required for firework displays, and commercial tents and canopies. Note: Fire alarm plans must bear engineer’s stamp or NICET III Certification.

Sign Permit Application: Two sets of plans are required for sign permits. A site plan is required for all pole sign applications. In addition to a City of Yakima General Business License, a Sign Company License is required pursuant to YMC 11.08 for sign companies who erect, remove, and service or maintains signs within the City of Yakima. For billboard signs please review the City of Yakima Sign Code online or contact our office at 575-6126 before submitting an application.

Banner Permit Application: Pursuant to YMC 8.30, the purpose of street banners is to allow for the display of public service messages and event announcements promoting events taking place within the city of Yakima city limits, in authorized locations. Applications to hang a street banner or vertical banner shall be accepted only from licensed installers on behalf of qualified applicants. Permit applications, along with applicable fees, must be submitted at least thirty days in advance of installation.

Excavation-Permit-Street-Break-: An excavation permit is required for projects in the public right of way. Insurance, bonding, and permit fees are required for this permit. Contact the Engineering Division at (509) 575-6111 with any questions regarding this process.

Right of Way Use Permit Application  – for private use of the public right of way pursuant to Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 8.20, including but not limited to: short-term permits for temporary placement of dumpter(s), container-type storage units, materials for landscaping projects, temporary right of way closure for construction-related projects; long-term residential or business/commercial use of the right of way; sidewalk signs; signs projecting over the right of way; or small wireless facilities.

Large Project – Stormwater Permit Application: If your project clears or grades one acre or more this permit type is required. More information can be found on the Stormwater website.

  • Complete a Stormwater Maintenance Agreement if your stormwater facilities are private and will be privately maintained. Projects with stormwater facilities that will be maintained by the City of Yakima do not have to  complete the maintenance agreement. This is a requirement for obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.

Stormwater Permit Application – For projects that involve the development/ re-development of more than 5,000 square feet of new and/or hard surface area and involve less than the clearing/grading of 1-acre or more and is not part of a larger common plan of development.

Temporary Use Permits YMC 5.98: The administrative official may authorize special short-term temporary uses including, but not limited to, public assemblies, special exhibitions, community activities, and public sales. Authorized temporary uses, regardless of land use classification, may occur in any zoning district for up to seventy-two consecutive hours. Any temporary use that is to be held in whole or in part upon publicly owned property or public rights-of-way, or if held wholly upon private property, will nevertheless affect or impact the ordinary and normal use by the general public of public property or public rights-of-way within the vicinity of such event, may be a “Special Event” subject to the provisions of YMC Chapter 9.70, see the regulations for a “Parade and Special Event Permit” below.

Special Event and Parade Application: Per YMC 9.70, “special event” means any fair, show, parade, run/walk, festival, or other publicly attended entertainment or celebration which is to be held in whole or in part upon publicly owned property or public rights-of-way, or if held wholly upon private property, will nevertheless affect or impact the ordinary and normal use by the general public of public property or public rights-of-way within the vicinity of such event. Please use the Special Event and Parade Guidelines document to help guide you through this application process. If you have any questions, please contact Community Development Specialist Colleda Monick at (509) 576-6772.

  • Block Party Application *NEW* – If you are requesting to close part of a street for the purpose of hosting an event for you and your neighbors, please use this application instead.

Electrical Permits: Please contact the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at (509) 454-3760 or at  www.lni.wa.gov.