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 following construction codes, as adopted and amended by Washington State, are in effect in Stevens County. These codes include:
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Fire Code
2012 International Residential Code
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential and Commercial)**
** An emergency rule was passed by the Washington State Building Code Council on Friday June 29, 2013 that changes the energy code requirements for Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Pend Oreille Counties. These counties were originally designated Climate Zone 6. The emergency rule order changes them to Climate Zone 5B; this aligns the counties with the same energy code requirements as Spokane County and other Eastern Washington counties. The emergency rule became a permanent rule change on November 18, 2013.
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.