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Permit Center


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. 


Welcome to the City of Federal Way's Permit Center! 

Our staff are here to assist with the process of application, review, issuance, and inspection of proposed land use and construction activities that require permits and to answer questions about code requirements.

Staff is available to answer questions, take in applications, and issue permits between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. The Permit Center closes to the public at 4:00 pm

An appointment is not required for most permit submittals; however, some projects do require one. Please click here for details. To allow sufficient time to process your application, you are encouraged to arrive prior to 3:15 pm.

The Permit Center, as well as the rest of City Hall, is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

  • Document Upload Link - Request a link to upload documents for Electronic Plan Review. 
  • Building Permits - Application and informational handouts for Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Demolition and Fire Prevention permits.
  • Sign Permits and Codes -  Information, applications, and handouts relating to the requirements and restrictions for signage.
  • Land Use Permits - Application and informational handouts for Land Use permits including site plan review, environmental review, critical areas review, subdivisions, shoreline permits, etc. 
  • E-Permits - Apply online for residential electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits, and most commercial electrical permits.
  • Construction Codes - Codes adopted by the City of Federal Way.
  • Inspections - Contact information and how to call in inspections.

Parcel Numbers
Property parcel numbers can be found by using the City's maps, searching King County's Parcel Viewer, or contacting the Permit Center by email or by phone at 253-835-2607.

Permit Activity Reports
Access to reports regarding permit activity throughout the City of Federal Way are available online. Weekly reports, which encompass the building permit activity for the previous week, will be posted on Mondays by noon. Monthly reports, which encompass the building, demolition, electrical, and plumbing permit activity for the previous month, will be posted by the 6th of each month.

Records Requests
If you would like to view or receive copies of records relating to a past or current project, you can submit a Public Records Request to the City Clerk's Office.

Right-of-Way Permits
Right-of-Way permits are processed by the Public Works Department and can be accessed by clicking on this link.



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


Permit Center

Inspection Request Line
Inspection Instructions

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

Inspector Questions 

Planner on Duty
Land Use and Zoning Questions 

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