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There are a lot of reasons to apply for and acquire a building permit. A building permit ensures:
Section 105.1 of the 2018 International Building Code regarding required permits reads; 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 performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
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 performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
View a list of exceptions from the International Building and International Residential Codes (PDF).
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Check out the Zoning Map to see how your property is zoned.
For major development of a lot, it is recommended that you schedule a Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting. Visit the DRC page for instructions and meeting request form. What you are able to build on your property depends on the intended use. First, determine how your property is zoned. To do this, refer to the City of Fife Zoning Map and to Title 19 of the Fife Municipal Code, to determine if your use is allowed in that zone.
Use the Building Permit Estimator spreadsheet (XLS) to estimate the approximate cost of your building permit fees based on square footage, type of construction, and occupancy of your location. The fees calculated here are estimates only. Actual fees due for your project will be reviewed and finalized at application submittal. Building permit fees do not include other fees, charges or permits such as general facility charges, impact fees, mechanical permits, plumbing permits, etc. Please see the Community Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for a detailed list of other fees.
If you have any questions, please email the Community Development Department or call them at 253-922-9625.
Permits are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If the applicant fails to provide a complete application, the permit cannot be reviewed until all necessary information is received. Permit Coordinators will make sure the application is complete at the time of application.
If further information is needed for review, the applicant will be notified. As soon as the permit is reviewed and approved by staff it is given to the permit coordinators, who will contact you. If there are any additional fees that need to be paid, the permit coordinators will notify you at this time.
Inspections are scheduled weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Next day inspections must be made by 4 p.m. the day prior to your preferred inspection date.
Inspections can be requested online at the City of Fife’s Online Permit Center. In order to request an inspection online, you must be a registered user in the Online Permit Center. Create an account by clicking the “Sign Up” link. Please contact support at 253-922-9624 if you need any assistance using the Online Permit Center or need to acquire your personal access code.
A parcel number is the most useful item on a permit application. Therefore it is extremely helpful when you can supply it to the permit coordinators on your permit application. To find your parcel number, use the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer website. There you can enter a house number and street to find your parcel number.
Make sure the parcel type is a “real” parcel and the parcel status is “active”. Also, by clicking on your parcel number you can find all sorts of handy information such as: