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Good Neighbor Handbook - Permits
Building permits and site plan approval are required for all new buildings, additions to, modifications or changes in use of existing buildings. It is important for all persons considering a construction project of any type and or size to contact Development Review Services at 360-487-7802 to find out what is required before work begins. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/BuildingPermits or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You Building A Fence, Deck Or Shed?
A permit is no longer required if you are building a shed (120 sq. ft. or less), a deck (18 inches or less above grade), or a fence (6 feet or less in height), except when the project site is identified as subject to a Critical Areas Permit/Review.
Even though a permit is not required, you must still construct the improvement in compliance with City building and zoning codes. If you have questions regarding code requirements please call our Permit Center at 360-487-7800.
Are You Replacing, Repairing And/Or Adding Electrical, Mechanical Or Plumbing?
You may need to obtain a permit. Fees will be based on scope of work and/or valuation, including labor and materials. In some instances, plans may be required.
For more detailed information, please contact the City's Permit Center at 360-487-7800 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/BuildingPermits.
Are you remodeling or adding square footage to your home; or building a detached building, shop, garage or shed over 120 square feet? You will need to apply for a building permit. For more information, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/BuildingPermits or email email@example.com
Street Use & Right Of Way Permits
Street Use and Right-of-Way Permits allow residents, organizations, property owners and businesses to use the public street right-of-way for purposes other than for the usual automobile, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. More information is available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/streetpermits. For questions, contact Vancouver Public Works Traffic Engineering and Operations at 360-487-7729, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placing a Portable On Demand (POD) temporary storage unit on a publicly owned street, sidewalk, alley, parkway, etc. requires a Street Use Permit and Hold Harmless Agreement. For more information and forms, please contact Vancouver Public Works, Traffic Engineering and Operations at www.cityofvancouver.us/streetpermits, 360-487-7729 or TrafficEngineering@cityofvancouver.us
Vancouver is proud of its ”Tree City USA” designation. We love our trees and are working hard to increase tree canopy in our city. Care and proper pruning can ensure trees live a long time, increasing the livability of our neighborhoods.
There are two kinds of permits required for trees within the City of Vancouver: one for street trees in the public rights of way and one for trees on private property.
If you wish to remove a tree or perform major pruning on a street tree, check to see if any permits are required before doing work. To learn more about tree plantings, free tree workshops or tree permits, visit our website at www.cityofvancouver.us/UrbanForestry.
Alarm Systems For Home/Business
If you have a home or business alarm, or are planning on installing an alarm system, a permit is required. Please visit our website for more information at www.cityofvancouver.us/AlarmPermits
False Alarm activations account for more than 95 percent of alarm responses annually. This diverts police officers away from actual crimes in progress, creates longer response times, and lowers the effectiveness of alarm systems in general. To help address this, the City of Vancouver requires that alarm systems be registered and imposes fines for false alarms. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/AlarmPermits for more information.