Frequently Asked Questions
I have a large lot and would like to divide it. How do I do this?
This is called a short plat (division of land into 4 or less lots). You will need to complete a Land Use Application and pay a fee of $170. The planners will help you through the application process. You may need to get your property surveyed. You will also need to get a good legal description of the current property (as it is) and the new lots that you will be creating. A short plat can be approved by the City Administrator. It normally takes 3 - 5 weeks. If you would like more information contact Tracy Ferrell at 509-935-8311.
I'd like to build a porch on my house. Do I need a building permit?
Yes, and construction, including fences and installation of wood or pellet stoves requires a building permit. This is an easy process. You simply apply through the building inspector, Mike Frizzell at 509-935-8311 x222. He will review your project and issue your permit or discuss any issues that he needs resolved before issuing the permit. When your project is complete, he will return and sign off on that project.
Any building projects must be approved by the local building inspector. Without that approval, you may have problems selling your house or insuring the new construction. It's well worth the small cost and extra time to have your building project reviewed and approved.