The Building Division of the Land Services Department is responsible for issuing construction permits, conducting building plan review and performing building inspections. The State of Washington requires all cities and counties enforce an assortment of construction-related codes, all of which are intended to establish a minimum standard of safety, health, efficiency and accessibility throughout the state. Stevens County has only limited authority to modify the requirements of the state. Mandated regulations include building, fire, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical codes, as well as energy, ventilation, and barrier-free codes. Please be aware that the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries processes all electrical permits and performs all electrical inspections within the unincorporated area of Stevens County.
The 2015 International Codes are now in effect for any
building permit applications submitted after July 1, 2016.
The following construction codes, as adopted and amended by Washington State, are currently in effect in Stevens County. These codes include:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Fire Code
2015 International Residential Code
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code
2015 International Mechanical Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential and Commercial)
To request an inspection, please contact our office at (509) 684-8325 two working days in advance. Field inspections are not performed every day in all parts of the county and our schedule often fills very quickly during the spring/summer/fall months. If you call during non-office hours you may request an inspection by leaving your name, job site address, contact phone number, type of inspection needed, and day the job will be ready for inspection. If you would like to know the approximate time of your inspection, please contact our office between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. the morning of your inspection. The inspectors usually leave the office shortly after 9:00 a.m.