The building division provides the community with a source of knowledge and expertise in the review of building plans and the inspection of building projects to safeguard health, safety, property and public welfare. The Department continually strives to improve professionalism and knowledge, to better serve the community.
Most construction projects will require a permit; unless specifically exempted by Section 105 of the International Residential Code or International Building Code. Please contact City Staff prior to beginning your project to determine if a permit is needed. Zoning regulations, such as use, setbacks and lot coverage will apply, regardless of permit exemption.
City of Leavenworth building regulations/codes are specific to projects located within city limits. For projects located outside city limits or within the Urban Growth Area (UGA), please contact Chelan County.
Submitting a Permit
While the office is closed during the state COVID restrictions, building permits can be submitted electronically, by mail, or in-person (by appointment only). Please contact city staff to arrange for permit submittal.
A complete building permit application submittal will typically include (at minimum) the following:
- City building permit application (available on the Applications, Forms and Planning Documents Page) or the Document Portal
- Site Plan
- Two sets of engineered building plans
- Engineering calculations
- WA State Energy Code Compliance Forms
- Any necessary reports/studies (e.g. stormwater plan, geo assessment, wetland delineation, etc.)
If you have any questions about the requirements, please contact the Development Services Department.
Adopted Building Codes & Regulations
The city of Leavenworth adopts codes, as amended by the Washington State Building Code Council, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the construction, alteration, removal, demolition, equipment, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of buildings and structures, including permits and penalties. The current adopted codes are listed in LMC 15.04.
As of February 1, 2021, the 2018 I-Codes and the 2018 Washington State Energy Code are in effect. All permits submitted after this date are required to comply with the new codes.
All projects within the city limits are subject to the following Climate and Geographic Design Criteria: