Do I Need a Permit?

All applicable commercial and residential construction in Anacortes requires a permit to ensure that safety matters are addressed, as well as Washington State Code, Anacortes Municipal Code, & International Building Codes.

Generally, Anacortes requires a building permit (or a mechanical, plumbing, or grading permit) anytime you erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, convert, or demolish a building or structure. If in doubt, please ask.

Permit Not Required

  • Retaining Walls 4 ft. or less with no unbalanced backfill or supported surcharge

  • Painting, papering, & similar finish work

  • Residential storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided that the area does not exceed 144 square feet, setbacks per zoning code required.

  • Shelves & counters

  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

Permit Required (this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Additions

  • Antenna Towers, Extensions & Replacements

  • Decks

  • Demolition of structures, tank removals, or any removal of materials with asbestos

  • Change in location of Plumbing Fixtures

  • Fences

  • Fireplaces

  • Flag Poles

  • Framing

  • Garage Conversions

  • Gas Fireplaces

  • Heaters and Log Lighters

  • Membrane Structures

  • Mobile Homes

  • Replacement of Mechanical Fixtures such as Furnaces, Water Heaters, Fireplaces, and Gas Piping

  • Range Hoods

  • Re-Roofs

  • Remodeling

  • Satellite Dishes

  • Siding

  • Solar Panels

  • Solariums

  • Moving or removing walls

  • Water Heaters

  • Window & Door Replacements

  • Wood stoves

Electrical Permits

The city does not permit or inspect electrical work, but it does make sure that permits were obtained prior to structural approvals. For an electrical permit or inspection, contact Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Permit Applications

To find permit applications, click here.