Building/Electrical Inspections


Sammamish City Hall is currently closed to the public, due to public health concerns regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we manage the manner in which we provide services.

Permits and Projects

  1. Applications submitted through will continue to be processed by staff, utilizing existing protocol.
  2. Paper/hardcopy applications will be separately coordinated with staff. Please contact or for more information.


  1. Incoming inspection requests will be processed as we feel safe to proceed, with rescheduling as deemed necessary.  Particular caution is being used for inspections of heated, occupied, interior space. We have low concern with outdoor inspections, inspections of new construction, in-garage inspections (not heated occupied space), although individual inspectors will use their judgment.
  2. We ask that all contractors, applicants, or homeowners remain at least six feet from inspectors during the inspection.
  3. If any inspector feels uncomfortable with the inspection, they will address it with the customer and either cancel or reschedule the inspection.
  4. We will not hand over City devices (iPads, phones, etc) to a customer for an inspection, as we must maintain our separation.
  5. Alternative inspections using Skype and/or Facetime may be an option, based upon functionality and our comfort level at the time. We are working on a protocol for this type of inspection although we recognize its limitations and realize it may be very limited in its application.
  6. If an inspection of an occupied heated space needs to be cancelled due to an unsafe condition (at the discretion of the inspectors), it will need to be re-scheduled to a later date when the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation has waned and restrictions put in place by Federal, State, and County Public Health Officials have been lifted.

Thank you,

Department of Community Development

General Information

The City of Sammamish is committed to providing excellent customer service every day. You may notice a new face or two among our building inspectors, and occasionally we may need to ask for your patience as we juggle summer calendars. We appreciate your understanding. Please contact our Permit Center at 425-295-0500 if you have questions or need more information.

Our building inspectors have a combined plan review experience of 30 years; with an additional 55 years in building inspection, administration in the construction industry. They continue to grow professionally by attending seminars, conferences, completing college courses, and gaining additional certifications.

Building inspection is our key task in working with the community. We welcome calls or e-mail requesting clarification or guidance on construction related issues.

Building Inspection Overview

Regular building inspections can be requested online. The City of Sammamish Building Division performs sequential visual inspection of work in progress that is under current city-issued Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical permits. Do not cover or enclose any item without first have obtained an approved inspection by the city of Sammamish.

Due to our busy workload, inspection routes are scheduled to minimize travel time for inspectors. The inspectors are unable to take special requests for time of day. If you call in for an inspection, it is expected that your project will be ready for inspection at 8 am. The actual time the inspector arrives will be dependent upon the number and location of inspections scheduled for that day.

Special Inspections

Special Inspections, performed by independent inspectors or agencies at the owner’s expense, may be required, and must be approved by the city Building Official. Requirements for special inspections will be found within the approved permit documents as provided by the designer, or specified by the city in Conditions of Permit Issuance.

Re-Inspection Fees

Please be advised that if you have not completed all of the required work for the inspection you have requested, or if you decide to cancel an inspection after 8 am of the day the inspection is scheduled, you will be subject to a re-inspection fee which must be paid before re-scheduling the inspection.

Certificates of Occupancy

All buildings constructed to meet the provisions of the International Building Code will be issued Certificates of Occupancy after the building project final inspection is approved. For residential construction, final inspection sign-off is required prior to occupancy.


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Typical number of inspections for my project:

Garage/Accessory building: 5+
Mechanical/Plumbing: 2-4
Pool: 3-4 (including separate mechanical and plumbing)
Reroofs: 2
Retaining walls: 3
Rockery: 2

Remodels & Additions vary. Your inspector can provide the number of inspections.

Damage Assessment

City staff is available to do inspections immediately following environmental or fire damage to your structure.

  1. Contact your insurance company.
  2. To request a Damage Assessment Inspection, call City Hall (425-295-0500) provide your name, phone number, address, scope of damage.
  3. During storms/disasters: Damage Assessment Advisory.
  4. Fallen Trees: call City Hall for information.
Damage Inspection Advisory

Building Permits are required for any work needed to repair damaged structures. Emergency measures to protect the structure from further damage may be performed prior to permit issuance.

Building inspection staff will be available to perform Damage Assessment Inspections for structures that have been damaged by winter storms. The Damage Assessment Report will help to expedite the permit process and may also be a helpful tool when working with your insurance company.

To request a Damage Assessment Inspection, please contact City Hall at 425-295-0500.

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