Apply for a Permit
It is recommended that customers use the Online Permit Portal to submit a permit application to the city. Applications submitted through the portal may be processed more quickly. Fillable forms in pdf format are available for customers who do not want to utilize the online portal.
Permit fees can be paid via credit card through the online permit portal or by calling the Permit Center. A 2.5% convenience fee will be charged for credit card/online payments. The convenience fee is not charged for checks or cash payments made directly to the Permit Center. Please contact the Permit Center for assistance or technical support. View Master Fee Schedule
Review the steps below to identify the application process for your permit request.
Step 1 - Complete the Permit Application
Use the Online Permit Portal to complete applications for the permits identified below. The portal allows applicants to electronically submit the application, pay fees, obtain the permit, and schedule an inspection.
- Residential building (new build, additions, and remodels)
- Commercial building (new build, additions, and remodels)
- General - roofing, signage, demolition, right-of-way, grading, driveway approach (New build or Revised), manufactured homes.
If you do NOT wish to use the Online Permit Portal, permit applications (PDFs) can be accessed from the links below:
- Residential building permits
- Commercial building permits
- General building permits - driveway approach, demolition, floodplain, grading, manufactured home, right-of-way, roofing, signage, and temporary use.
- Planning and zoning permits - annexation, administrative exception, critical areas (conservation and habitat), SEPA, street vacation, CDBG grants and more.
- Land Use/Development Engineering Permits - Subdividions (including alterations), boundary line adjustment, grading, floodplain, plat vacation and more.
Questions? Applicants are encouraged to contact the Permit Center to talk with staff. Please call 509-720-5240 or email the Permit Center.
Step 2 - Submit the Application and/or additional Materials & Fees
Identify fees that need to be paid when the application is submitted; view the current Master Fee Schedule. Application fees must be paid prior to application processing.
Step 3 - Commercial & Land Use Application Review (If Applicable)
Depending on the type of permit, city staff will review the application and additional materials, and contact the applicant should more information be necessary or design plans need to be modified. Applicants are notified when permits are approved.
Step 4 - Schedule an Inspection (as Necessary During Construction)
Inspections can be requested through the Online Permit Portal or through the Permit Center Inspection Request Line at 509-720-5350. Inspection requests received via the portal or phone line before 7 a.m. will generally be performed on the same business day; requests received after 7 a.m. will be scheduled for the next business day.
Step 5 - Certificate of Occupancy (If Applicable)
Permit Center staff will prepare and issue a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for new buildings or building additions after inspection staff and review agencies have issued final inspection approval of all permits associated with the project. Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) may be issued where weather or other issues prevent the completion of project components not affecting life safety.
Please note that there is a fee for temporary Certificate of Occupancy.
Spokane Valley Municipal Code
The regulations of the Spokane Valley Municipal Code (SVMC) are intended to implement the City's official Comprehensive Plan and, as such, may be amended from time to time. For more detailed information relating to code text amendments. A copy of the Comprehensive Plan is kept in the office of the City Clerk and is available for public inspection during regular business hours or on the City's website. Applications for rezoning any land use action shall be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The SVMC may be amended at any time. A pre-application conference is required prior to submittal of amendment forms.