- What is the permitting process for new buildings, additions, and remodels?
The permitting process requires that the applicant prepare and submit material as shown on the permit application. A complete application will include all applicable code-required information including, but not limited to, zoning code, building code, plumbing code, mechanical code, drainage ordinance, street improvement code, critical areas code, and fire code.
Applications are reviewed on a first in, first out schedule. Each department will prepare comments concerning any code related deficiencies found through the plan review process. The comments are then emailed to the applicant who is then responsible for modification of the documents as necessary to satisfy the identified code issues. When the corrected documents are returned for further review, they will be scheduled for review shortly after delivery to the permit center. When all code issues have been addressed, the permit is prepared for issue and may be obtained by the applicant with payment of applicable fees.
At this time, we schedule inspections for either morning or afternoon. All work must be inspected and approved prior to cover. When all required inspections are completed, a certificate of occupancy is issued for the project indicating that the community code requirements have been satisfied.
- Having a garage sale or yard sale?
The City of Anacortes asks that you please consider their guidelines. Please visit CH 19.48.020 TEMPORARY USES for more information.
- How long are building permits good for?
Permits are good for 18 months from the date of issuance.
- Do I need a permit for a temporary street closure or special event?
Yes. You may submit the Street Fair Application electronically here.
- How do I find out about pending or active projects in my neighborhood?
If you see a “Public Notice - Land Use Application” sign posted or there is construction occurring and you would like to know more about what is proposed, call the Planning, Community & Economic Development at 360-299-1969 or stop by the office located at the City Hall, 904 6th Street. Staff can provide additional details regarding the application and review process; the project file may also be viewed.
- What can I do with my property?
If you're unsure about what is allowed on your property, first take a look at a zoning map and determine which zone your property is in. Then you may go to that zoning section of the Anacortes Municipal Code, within Title 17 and check the permitted uses and conditional uses. If you're still unsure, check with staff in the Planning Division.
If you have a concept in mind and you're more concerned about complications, requirements, and cost of what you want to build, you may apply for a pre-application conference. In a pre-application conference, members of several departments including Building Services, Planning Services, Public Works, Fire, and Water Departments will review your proposal and provide feedback. You may find the application form under "Applications, Forms, & Checklists", and the meetings are usually scheduled roughly two weeks in advance, taking place on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. There is currently no fee to apply.