The City of Longview Community Development Department issues building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire/life safety permits for projects within the city limits of Longview. The City has adopted and is currently operating under and enforcing the 2006 International Building Code, 2006 International Residential Code, 2006 International Mechanical Code, 2006 International Fire Code, 2006 Uniform Plumbing Code and 2008 National Electrical Code. Application forms and handouts are available for your use under the Community Development section of the City of Longview's web site.
Building permits are required for almost all work or improvements done to any property located inside the city limits of Longview, including, but not limited to, residential and commercial new construction, additions and alteration, all fences, re-roofs, siding, window replacement, sheds of all sizes whether it is pre-built or site built, concrete or other hard surface flatwork, decks, signs, swimming pools and demolitions of and within all existing structures. Those projects that do not require a building permit are painting, cabinet installations, floor covering only installation, and landscaping. Please call the City of Longview Community Development Department at 360.442.5087 to determine if your project qualifies for or is exempt from acquiring a building permit.
Conex containers. Structures of any size are required to obtain a placement and/or building permit. Conex (Container Express) containers do not follow the conventional construction methods as illustrated by the IBC and will need to have a foundation and a ground anchoring system designed by a Washington State engineer that will resist all wind and seismic loads or a conventional foundation. Conex containers are not permitted in residential districts R-1, R-2. R-3, and RF-1 unless they can be made to look like a ‘usual accessory building that is commonly appurtenant to a single family dwelling.'
Temporary (awning, canopy, etc.) structures. Membrane type structures can be temporarily placed in certain locations on a property for up to 6 months. Placement of these structures requires a permit.
Swimming pools. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 350 children under 5-years-old drown in pools each year nationwide. Swimming pools that have a water depth of 24" or more are required by state law to be completely enclosed by a barrier 48" or higher. Other state and local regulations may also apply. For additional information, contact the Building Department at 442-5084 or the Code Compliance Department at 442-5093 for additional information.
Membrane type structures can be temporarily placed for 6 up to months. Placement of these structures requires a permit.
Structures of any size are required to obtain a placement and/or building permit. Conex (Container Express) containers do not follow the conventional construction methods as illustrated by the IBC and will need to have a ground anchoring system designed by a Washington State engineer that will resist all wind and seismic loads or a conventional foundation. Conex containers are not permitted in residential districts R-1, R-2. R-3, and RF-1 unless they can be made to look like a ‘usual accessory building that is commonly appurtenant to a single family dwelling.'
Permits are required to build or replace all fences. Fences can pose a danger to people and property if not constructed properly. To ensure that they are safe, all fences constructed on properties within the City of Longview require a building permit. Fences may be up to maximum of 42 inches in height within the front yard setback area, and up to a maximum of 8 ft. in height elsewhere on the property. A simple application form and a site plan are all that is needed in order to acquire a permit. Typically these permits can be issued over the counter at the time of application.
If you want to find out if your project needs any type of permit, please complete the request form below.
Why a permit is required:
The purpose of a permit is to ensure that your structure will be built in a safe manner and in accordance with the requirements of the Building and Zoning Codes. This provides you with a reasonable assurance that the building will be safe for all who will use the structure now and in the future.
Permits on private property or public right-of-way:
Separate permits may be required for connections to utilities such as power and water; or for doing work in the public right-of-way such as sidewalks and curb cuts for driveways;
Separate permits may also be needed for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work if it is not combined with the building permit.
Residential permit approval usually takes 5-10 business days, while commercial permit approval typically takes 3-5 weeks for review. Times may vary depending upon the complexity of the project and time of year.
Payments for Permit
All permits must be acquired at the Community Development Department in person, and can be paid for with cash, check, VISA debit and credit, or MasterCard debit and credit.
All permits are valid for 180 days from date of issuance. All inactive projects will become null and void after this time period. An inspection must be performed every 180 days to keep permit active. If you are unable to keep the progress of your project going, you may submit a written extension request to the Community Development office at PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632.
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