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Visit the City of Anacortes Building Department page for more information.

Do I Need a Permit?
All commercial and residential construction in Anacortes requires a permit to ensure that safety matters are addressed.
Projects that do not require a permit include:
· fences not over six feet high (for height, construction and location requirements contact the Building Department prior to construction),
· painting, papering and similar finish work,
· residential storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses (provided the building area does not exceed 144 square feet. For height and setback location requirements contact the Building Department prior to construction),
· residential window awning not projecting more than 36 inches,
· shelves, counter, partitions and walls less than 5 feet 9 inches,
· and temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
Permits are required for re-roofs, and additions, decks, mobile homes, wood stoves, LP and natural gas water heaters, stoves, heaters and log lighters, wood stoves, and inserts, antenna towers, covered decks, solariums, garage conversions, membrane structures, etc.
Contact the Anacortes Building Department, (360) 293-1901 if you are unsure whether you need a permit for your project, or if you have questions about building codes.

Having a Garage Sale/Yard Sale? The City of Anacortes asks that you please consider the following:
· No premise may have sales which total more than 12 days in any one-year -- be they consecutive or individual dates.
· Sale hours shall only be between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
· Sales must be supervised at all times, and are the legal responsibility of the resident of the premises.
· Signs and the like advertising for a sale may be placed on the premises of the sale, plus other private property only with the permission of the owners.
· Signs and/or directional devices may not be posted prior to 48 hours before the sale and must be removed no later than 24 hours after the last day of sale.
· No signs or directional devices may be placed on public structures or land, including right-of-ways, unless established for sale advertisements by the City
. · For specific safety reasons, sale signs and directional devices must not be attached to utility poles, public signs, or traffic control signs and devices.
· In addition to possible personal liability for improper placed signs and/or directional devices, responsible parties could also be subject to citation by the City of Anacortes.
· Sale signs may be posted on City provided kiosks available at the 32nd Street entrance to Storvik Park, and at 10th Street and M Avenue, in front of the Library.
Your cooperation with these simple requirements should assure a minimum of disruption to those not directly involved with your sale – Thank You! {Ordinance No. 17.080.100}

How long are building permits good for? Permits are good for 18 monthsfrom date of issuance.

What are the allowable hours of operation for contractors building residential multi-family units? The following is from the City Municipal Code. 17.54.010 Noise. Noise levels are not to exceed those standards as established by the state pursuant to Chapter 70.107 RCW, and contained in Chapter 173-60 Washington Administrative Code (WAC). (Ord. 2316 (part), 1994). Generally, the allowable hours are from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. but there are some allowable exemptions depending on the activity and the zone.

What happens if I build without a permit? If you begin construction without the required permit(s), a Stop Work Order will immediately be issued by an Inspector. You will be required to apply for the permit(s) and pay additional fees (twice the amount of the permit fee). After the permit has been properly issued, you will then be required to uncover any work that has been covered so that it may be inspected prior to the release of the Stop Work Order. In some cases, regulations or codes may not permit the type of construction that has been done. In this case, you would be required to reconstruct to comply with Codes.

What is the permitting process? The permitting process for a new single family residence requires that the applicant prepare and submit for review 2 complete sets of construction plans plus a single copy of the floor plans.  A complete application will include all code-required information related to the project including, but not limited to, zoning code, building code, plumbing code, mechanical code, drainage ordinance, street improvement code, critical areas code and fire code.
Prior to preparation of the construction documents applicants are encouraged to request a pre-design meeting with city staff.  This initial meeting is available to help identify local requirements or site-specific conditions that might affect the project.
After this meeting, the applicant should complete the constructions documents and applications for permit. At the time of receipt of a complete application, the project will be scheduled for review by staff.
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 mailed 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.
An application expires 6 months after receipt of a complete submittal. A building permit is valid for 1 year after date of issue.  The permit holder must request required inspections at least 24 hours prior to the time of the inspection.  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.

City of Anacortes Building Department
City Hall Municipal Building, Third Floor
904 6th Street
Corner of 6th Street & Q Avenue, behind the US Post Office
Mailing Address: PO Box 547 Anacortes WA 98221
Building Department Telephone: (360) 293-1901
Fax: (360) 293-1938