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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my property located within Renton city limits?

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A searchable map to find an address and determine if it is inside Renton city limits.

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Where may I apply for a permit?

Come to the Development Services Division permit center on the 6th Floor of Renton City Hall located at 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. Additionally, some permits can now be applied for online. For more information regarding Renton's online permitting program, click here.

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May I fax in my permit applications?

No, please contact the Development Services Division at 425-430-7200 if you have any questions. There are some permit types that you can apply for online see "Can I apply for my permit online" below for more information.

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Can I apply for my permit online?

Yes, for some permits. Renton is now offering online permitting as another expansion to the city’s online web-based services. Utilizing the website mybuildingpermit.com (a service of the regional e-CityGov Alliance) the online permitting system enables users to apply for and receive a final permit electronically in minutes. The service is currently available for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and low-voltage electrical permits.

Online permit application is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed through www.mybuildingpermit.com

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What are the permit fees for the City of Renton?

Permit fees are determined by the scope of the project and the number of permits required. Please contact the Development Services Division at (425) 430-7200 regarding fee amounts for specific projects.

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Do I need an appointment to apply for a permit?

In most cases no, the permit center is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but will only accept financial transaction until 4:30 p.m.  We ask that you arrive by 4:00 p.m. in order to properly complete your application by 4:30 p.m.  Customers submitting new commercial and multifamily projects will need to call Jan Conklin at (425) 430-7276 to set up an appointment.

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Do I need a permit?

The International Building Code states, "Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."  There are some exceptions, which you will find under the Exempted Work provision of Section 105.2, 2009 International Building Code.

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Where may I access building permit applications?

Building permit applications are available on-line or in our office on the 6th floor of City Hall at 1055 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. You may also contact the Development Services Division at (425) 430-7200 to have them mailed to you. Click here to be directed to the building permit applications.

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May I combine my building, mechanical or plumbing permits into one permit?

The City of Renton offers a combination building permit for new single-family residences only. There is no additional cost for this and it will simplify the plan review process, allowing the contractor to use one permit number when calling in inspections.

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Where do I get an electrical permit?

Electrical permits are processed by the building section of the Development Services Division located on the 6th floor of Renton City Hall at 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. Click here to open the Electrical Application.

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What is the building code for the City of Renton?

The City of Renton does not have its own building code.  The City has adopted the 2012 International Building Code and the Washington State Amendments.

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May I do the work myself or do I need to hire a contractor?

After obtaining the proper permits, a property owner may perform work on his own property or use his own employees to perform work. A tenant may work on a tenant space with permission from the owner. The only exceptions to this are electrical permits for which homeowners may do the work themselves if they have resided in the house for at least three years.

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May I get copies of plans for buildings in Renton?

Non-residential building plans have been retained in the Development Services Division on microfilm for most structures built after 1967. To complete a search for building plans you will need to submit a records request form at the permit center, located on the 6th floor of Renton City Hall at 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. Microfilmed plans will be made available to you as soon as possible. You may have copies made at a cost to you. Residential building plans may be obtained directly from the builder. 

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May I start work before my permit is issued?

Work on a project may not legally begin before a permit is obtained and on the work site.  Some clean-up and clearing may begin before the building permit is issued.

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May I pay extra to expedite my permit?

No, that option is not available.

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Do I need a permit to re-roof a building?

For a commercial tear-off and re-roof, a permit is required and will be issued over the counter. Commercial projects will require an engineer's analysis and plan review if the existing roof covering is to remain. Residential re-roofing does not require a building permit unless it is a complete tear off and replacement of sheathing.  That permit also would be over the counter.

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Do I need a permit for an espresso stand?

Yes, a building permit is required for all espresso stands. Click here for Building Requirements for Espresso Stands.

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Do I get a Certificate of Occupancy for my business?

Certificates of Occupancy (CO) are issued at the completion of a new building's construction. Click here for more information on Occupancy Permit Requirements. New single-family residences are exempt from this requirement. New tenants are not issued a CO until a change of use for the building has been approved by the City. New tenants may occupy their tenant spaces upon final approval of their permit.

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Do I need a permit to build a detached storage shed?

Yes; however, there is an exception for one-story, detached residential storage buildings less than 200 square feet. No shed may encroach into side or front yard setbacks. Click here for a customer information bulletin on garages and sheds in single family residential zones.

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Do I need a permit to build a deck?

A permit is required if the deck is more than 30 inches above grade.  "Above grade" includes a perimeter of 5 feet around the deck.

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Do I need a permit to build a fence?

Probably not, but be aware that there are height limits. Click here for Development Regulations for Residential Fences, Walls, & Hedges. Please call (425) 430-7200 to learn the height allowances for your particular lot before beginning construction.

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What are the hours construction is allowed in the City of Renton?

For the remodel or addition to a single-family residence, permitted work hours in or within 300 feet of residential areas are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For new single-family residences and non-residential construction, the permitted work hours are 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and no work shall be permitted on Sunday.

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Do I need a building permit to install a swimming pool, spa, or hot tub?

Swimming pool permits are required for any swimming pool, spa, or hot tub. Click here for Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, & Spa Permit Requirements. The plans submitted for the permit will have to show a required 6-foot high fence enclosing the pool, spa, or hot tub. Maximum size of holes/spaces in this fence may not exceed two inches (2") and any gates in the fence must be self-closing with a latch not readily accessible to children.

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Does the City of Renton have a Basics program?

No, you must submit individual construction plans for each building permit.

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How do I schedule an inspection?

Inspection requests may be made by calling the 24-hour inspection line at (425) 430-7202. For more information regarding inspections please refer to the on-line Inspection Instruction Guide.

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