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Electrical:A. Portable motors or other portable appliances which are energized by means of a cord or cable having an attachment plug end to be connected to an approved receptacle, when that cord or cable is permitted by the National Electrical Code.B. Repair or replacement of fixed motors, transformers, or fixed approved appliances or devices rated fifty amps or less and which are like-in-kind and in the same location.C. Temporary decorative lighting; when used for a period not to exceed ninety days and removed at the conclusion of the ninety-day period.D. Repair or replacement of current-carrying parts of any switch, conductor or control device, which are like-in-kind and in the same location.E. Repair or replacement of attachment plug(s) and associated receptacle(s) rated fifty amperes or less, which are like-in-kind in the same location.F. Repair or replacement of any over current device, which is like-in-kind and in the same location.G. Repair or replacement of electrodes or transformers of the same size and capacity for signs or gas tube systems.H. Removal of electrical wiring. I. Telecommunication outlet installations within individual dwelling units.J. Listed wireless security systems for which power is supplied by a listed Class 2 plug-in transformer and which are installed within dwelling unitsK. The installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment or the generation, transmission, distribution or metering of electrical energy or in the operation of signals or the transmission of intelligence, by a public or private utility in the exercise of its function as a serving utility.L. Portable generators serving only cord and plug connected loads supplied through receptacles on the generator.M. Travel trailers.N. Like-in-kind replacement of a: contactor, relay, timer, starter, circuit board, or similar control component; household appliance; circuit breaker; fuse; residential luminaire; lamp; snap switch; dimmer; receptacle outlet; thermostat; heating element; luminaire ballast with an exact same ballast; component(s) of electric signs, outline lighting, skeleton neon tubing, when replaced on-site by an appropriate electrical contractor and when the sign, outline lighting or skeleton neon tubing electrical system is not modified; ten horsepower or smaller motor; and induction detection loops that comply with WAC 296-46B-300(2) and are used to control gate access devices.
Gas: A. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.B. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.C. Mechanical:D. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.E. Portable ventilation equipment.F. Portable cooling units.G. Steam, hot or chilled water piping that is within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code. H. Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.I. Portable evaporative coolers.J. Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.K. Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected.
Plumbing:A. The stopping and/or repairing of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipes, provided, however, that should any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe become defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, the same shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.B. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.C. Reinstallation or replacement of approved pre-fabricated fixtures that do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves or pipes.D. Grading: E. Grading in an isolated, self-contained area, provided that there is no danger to the public and such grading will not adversely affect adjoining properties, as determined by the building official.F. Excavation for construction of a structure permitted under this code.G. Cemetery graves.H. Refuse disposal sites controlled by other regulations.I. Excavations for wells and trenches for utilities.J. Mining, quarrying, excavating, processing or stockpiling rock, sand, gravel, aggregate or clay controlled by other regulations, provided such operations do not affect the lateral support of, or significantly increase stresses in, soil on adjoining properties.K. Exploratory excavations performed under the direction of a registered design professional.L. An excavation below existing finished grade for basements and footings of an existing building, retaining wall or other structure, for which the structure is authorized by a valid building permit. M. An excavation of less than 50 cubic yards of material, which is less than 2 feet in depth and which does not create a cut slope of a ratio steeper than two horizontal to one vertical.N. A fill of less than 50 cubic yards of material, which is less than 1 foot in depth and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter than five horizontal to one vertical.
Ordinary repairs: Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps, or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement, or relocation of, any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.
An appointment is preferred when applying for a Building Permit for any new commercial or multi-family building. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Permit Counter at (206) 248-5520 or (206) 812-7577.
Where equipment replacements and equipment repairs must be performed in an emergency situation (i.e. furnace, water heater, water lines), the permit application shall be submitted to the city within the next working business day in order to avoid penalties.
Permit renewal: A permit may be renewed for a period of no more than 1 year from the date of original expiration one time subject to approval by the building official, as long as no unauthorized changes have been made to the originally approved plans and the applicant continues to make regular requests for inspections. A written request for renewal shall be received prior to the date of permit expiration and the applicant is required to pay an additional fee based on the valuation of the work remaining to be inspected.