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. 

Permit Not Required

  • Fences not exceeding 7 ft. in height. Restrictions in setbacks are located in AMC 17.52 Fences
  • 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
  • Shelves & counters
  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

Permit Required

  • Additions
  • Antenna Towers, Extensions & Replacements
  • Decks
  • Demolition of structures, tank removals, or any removal of materials with asbestos 
  • Change in location of Plumbing Fixtures
  • Fireplaces
  • Flag Poles
  • 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
  • Satellite Dishes
  • Siding
  • Solar Panels
  • Solariums
  • Water Heaters
  • Window & Door Replacements

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).