Why are permits and inspections necessary?

Permits are required to be obtained in order to have your construction plans reviewed for code compliance prior to starting the work, and also to have the work inspected. You are responsible for obtaining all required inspections on your permit. Don't forget to get a final inspection.


It’s a health and safety issue.

  • Permit review allows code experts to reduce potential hazards from unsafe construction.
  • Mandatory inspections act as a system of checks and balances focused on complying with city codes.

It’s also a money issue.

  • Proper permitting helps protect property values.
  • More and more, property insurers aren’t covering damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
  • Disclosure of any improvements or repairs is required at sale, whether or not permits and inspections were obtained.
  • Many financial institutions won’t finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection.
  • Without a permit, work may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.

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1. I need an inspection. What do I need to do?
2. When is a permit necessary?
3. What do I need for a Residential Addition or Remodel permit application?
4. What do I need for a Residential Deck permit application?
5. How much do permits cost?
6. When is a permit not required?
7. How long does it take to review permit applications?
8. Why are permits and inspections necessary?
9. Where can I access the Bothell Municipal Code?
10. I need to visit the City of Bothell Permit Services Counter. Where is it and what are the hours?
11. Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?