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Mayor Jim Ferrell issued a Proclamation of Emergency for the City of Federal Way, Washington on March 9, 2020, due to the growing public health impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Federal Way community, the Department of Community Development is implementing safety protocols and modifying our services. As a  result, our doors will remain closed for in-person business. Staff will be able to serve customers electronically by email (permitcenter@cityoffederalway.com), by electronic submittal (Document Upload Link), or by phone (253-835-2607). 

This practice is intended to help protect our citizens, customers, and staff from potential exposure to the virus. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 



The Building Division administers and enforces building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing codes, which includes plan review, permit issuance, and inspection. Permit applications are accepted and permits are issued between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. An appointment is not required for most permit submittals; however, some projects do require one. You are encouraged to arrive prior to 4:00 pm to allow sufficient time to process your application. 

Some applications may be faxed to 253.835.2609 or applied for online. Please contact the Permit Center at email or 253-835-2607 for more specific information.

A variety of simple projects may be applied for utilizing the over-the-counter (OTC) program. Please review the OTC handouts and then contact the Permit Center to find out if your project meets OTC application requirements and to request one of the six weekly appointments.

Permit Review Time
Virtually every improvement on a residential or commercial lot requires a permit.  Some work is exempt from the building permit process (residential permit exemptions / commercial permit exemptions). Because the permit process is a dynamic process involving staff and an applicant, several factors can affect process time lines. The main influences are: 

  • Availability of key people (owner, architect, engineer, etc.)
  • Application volumes at time of submittal
  • Completeness and clarity of plans 
  • Submittal of all requested information
  • Type of permit

The division has a number of handouts that summarize code requirements. Please note that the handouts are not intended to replace or substitute for codes. For additional information, please contact the Permit Center at email or 253-835-2607.



33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA  98003

Permit Center

Building Official
Scott Sproul

Inspection Request Line
Inspection Instructions

COVID-19 Job Site Requirements 4/24/20
Phase 1 Construction Restart

Inspector Questions 

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm