If your house has structural damage caused by an emergency situation, you are eligible to apply for an emergency repair permit. We issue these permits to cover only the structural damage caused by the emergency. More extensive repairs require further review.
Our fees are based on your estimated value of work, labor, and materials. Use our fee estimator to calculate your permit fees.
We will expedite your application for an emergency repair permit. Please come to the Applicant’s Service Center to discuss your project. You will need a letter from a structural or geotechnical engineer stating that your project is an emergency.
Get your property information. Find property information to help you plan your project.
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 a fee.
Start your application. Complete the Building & Land Use Pre-Application online using the Seattle Services Portal. You will need to upload a site plan and a complete legal description for your site.
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 through your Seattle Services Portal. You'll receive an email once we have added the pre-application site visit (PASV) fees to your project. After you have paid the fee, we will perform the inspection. Your preliminary application materials will be sent to other departments for their review and comment as part of this process. You will receive a preliminary application report that will include critical information about whether you need Design Review, SEPA, or street improvements. Our report will include information from the utilities about your specific site and proposal. Our report will also identify potential project stoppers.
Prepare your plans. Plans should be to scale and easy to read. They should include a site plan, floor plan, and construction details for the work.
Fill out forms.
Coordinate with other agencies. You may also need a business license if you are working in Seattle, even if your office is outside the city.
Get your project screened. We will screen your application materials for completeness and to determine if the project qualifies as an emergency. Screening is available through your Seattle Services Portal. Please contact a Resource and Production Manager to ask that your screening be assigned to one of our geotechnical or structural engineers.
You need to upload to your portal the following:
Submit Your Plans. If we determine your project is an emergency, we will accept your plans quickly. Schedule a time to submit your plans with a Resource and Production Manager.
Pay fees. Approximately 75% of your permit fees are due at intake. The fees are calculated based on your project value.
Make corrections and resubmit your plans. Once all of our reviews are done, you will receive an email telling you that corrected and/or additional documents can be uploaded into your portal. Your project may require multiple correction rounds before our reviews are complete.
Pay final fees. We will notify you if you need to pay any final fees before we issue your permit.
Print your permit. We will notify you when we have issued your permit and the documents are available in your Seattle Services Portal. Print the permit and approved plan set and have it on site for our inspector.
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 inspections page for when to call us and how to schedule your inspection.
Contact us. Call our 24-hour inspection request line at (206) 684-8900 before 7:00 a.m. on the day you need the inspection. You can also request an inspection online.
Close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.