A subject-to-field-inspection permit is a construction permit for small projects that meet certain criteria. It is issued on the day you apply. We don’t have as many plan requirements for subject-to-field-inspection permits because of the simplicity of the work. Examples of common projects that qualify for a this permit include constructing a detached garage, a small single-story addition to your house, and interior alterations to an existing commercial space.
Find out if your project qualifies for this type of permit:
Fees are based on the value of your project and are due when you receive your permit.
Subject-to-field-inspection permits are issued over the counter on the day you apply. We will review your plans at the counter to make sure they comply with the land use code. Your building inspector will review building code requirements on site during the inspections.
Get your property information. Find property information to help you plan your project.
Note: If your project is in a commercial or multifamily building, you need to confirm that you will not change the use (such as retail, restaurant, dance hall, or warehouse) and occupancy of your space in order to qualify for a subject-to-field-inspection permit. You can confirm this by finding the most recent permit that established a use and occupancy for the space in the Microfilm Library.
Determine restrictions to your project. Research our codes to determine building size limits and construction and life safety requirements.
Attend a coaching session. We offer 20 minutes of free coaching to answer drainage, land use, geotechnical or construction permit questions. If you need a longer coaching session, we offer one-hour sessions for $250.
Get a project number. Get a project number by starting your application online or by submitting a preliminary application. You will need to include either a location plan (for interior work) or a site plan (for exterior work). You can use the number to track your project.
Request a pre-application site visit. You need a pre-application site visit if you will disturb more than 750 square feet of land or disturb any land on a site with an environmentally critical area (other than liquefaction or peat-settlement prone areas). Request a pre-application site visit online or submit a pre-application site visit form. Our report will include information about your site conditions and additional requirements.
Apply for exemptions. You may need an exemption from code requirements if your project is located in an environmentally critical area or near the shoreline.
Prepare your plans. Plans should be to scale and easy to read and scan.
Fill out forms.
Coordinate with other agencies. You may need permits or approvals from other agencies. These are the most common agencies you may need to work with for your permit type:
Submit application. Bring your application materials, including 2 sets of plans and 1 copy of forms, to the Applicant Services Center on the 20th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower. We will review your plans on a walk-in basis to make sure the project qualifies for a subject-to-field-inspection permit and complies with the land use code.
Make corrections and resubmit your plans. If changes are needed, we may ask you to revise your plans and come back later.
Pay fees. The fees are calculated based on your project value.
Receive your permit. We will stamp your plans and issue the permit. You will be given a copy of the permit and one set of plans to keep on site.
Display your permit. Place your permit in a visible location on the project site.
Get related permits. You may need to get additional permits or approvals from other departments.
Request an inspection. See the construction inspection page for when to call us and how to schedule your inspection.
Close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.