You need to get a permit for most construction projects that involve:
We may issue a stop work order against you if you start a building, addition, or remodeling project without a permit. If you build without a permit or fail to get a final inspection approval, we may fine you or take other enforcement action against you.
This page does not cover projects that do not need a permit; see Do You Need a Permit? You can find a list of permit exceptions in the Seattle Residential Code (SRC) and the Seattle Building Code (SBC).
Our ordinances require that you get a construction permit for projects that involve new construction, renovation, or alterations of buildings.
If you need help determining if you need a construction permit for your project, visit the Applicant Services Center and speak with a permit specialist. You will need:
If you build without a permit, you may be fined $500 per day.