Permit Center

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STATUS OF CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN SAMMAMISH – March 27, 2020

In response to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-25 issued on March 23, 2020, with a formal Guidance Memo issued on March 25, 2020, and with further press conference clarification provided at approximately 11:50am on March 26, 2020, all non-essential construction in the City of Sammamish (City) has been ordered to cease for the duration of the order by the Washington State Governor’s Office.

The City recognizes that as of the passing of the Governor’s Order there are many active construction projects underway within Sammamish and that reasonable measures are anticipated and allowed within the Order. The following actions are permissible when performed within the allowances of the Order and accompanying guidance.

 

Reasonable Measures to Prevent Spoliation: The City recognizes that winding down construction and allowing property owners to deploy reasonable measures to preserve their property and assets against spoliation is essential to protect private property, guard against degradation of conditions, and to properly secure construction sites for the purpose of public safety. The City recognizes that although construction must be halted, reasonable measures to preserve property and assets against spoliation are allowed by the Governor’s Order (see Item C in guidance memo issued on March 25, 2020).

The City will continue to accept requests for and undertake inspections on reasonably acceptable actions to properly prevent spoliation of a an already permitted construction project that is currently underway and must be brought to a point of appropriate preservation or to address public safety concerns (as determined by the individual contractor and/or property owner).

Closure of Construction Sites: The City further recognizes that winding down construction and allowing property owners and project contractors to properly prepare sites for a duration of dormancy is imperative to the safety and welfare of the community and will assist in guarding against the degradation of our environment. The City recognizes that although construction must be halted, reasonable measures taken to properly shut down and close construction sites are allowed by the Governor’s Order (see Item C in Guidance Memo issued on March 25, 2020).

The City will continue to accept request for and undertake inspections on reasonably acceptable actions to properly close and prepare construction sites for a duration of dormancy or to address public safety concerns (as determined by the individual contractor and/or property owner).

Essential Projects Allowed: The City recognizes that although construction must be halted, essential projects are allowed to continue to be permitted, constructed, and inspected. Essential construction activity must be related to an essential project under the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-25 issued on March 23, 2020, with formal Guidance Memo issued on March 25, 2020.

The City will continue to accept request for and undertake inspections on essential construction projects when the applicant has adequately declared the project fits within the Order’s definition of essential. The City will not accept application for inspection when this form is deemed to be incomplete or when the project is not classified as essential.

Emergency Repairs Allowed: The City recognizes that although construction must be halted, emergency repairs to non-essential commercial and residential structures are allowed to continue and may be permitted, constructed, and inspected by the Governor’s Order (see Item C in Guidance Memo issued on March 25, 2020). Any proposed emergency construction activity associated with a non-essential structure is limited to that allowed under the Governor’s Order.

The City will continue to accept request for and undertake inspections on emergency construction projects when the applicant has adequately declared the project fits within the Order’s allowance for emergency repairs. The City will not accept application for inspection when the project is not classified as an emergency.

 

STATUS OF INSPECTIONS IN SAMMAMISH – March 27, 2020

  1. Construction inspections requests will only be accepted and scheduled for one of the four categories: (a) Reasonable Anti-Spoliation Measures Request (b) Construction Site Closure Request (c) Essential Project Inspection Request (d) Non-essential Emergency Repair Request
  2. In-person occupied heated space inspections have been suspended until further notice.
  3. Inspections for life safety issues in an occupied heated space will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will follow strict protocol for safety and use of PPE. 
  4. When allowed under the categories identified in #1 above, exterior, new construction/not occupied, or open garage inspections are still being scheduled. Staff reserve the right to cancel or reschedule an inspection if it is determined to be an unsafe working condition.
  5. We ask that all contractors, applicants, or homeowners remain at least six feet from inspectors during the inspection and follow Public Health and CDC guidance (see Social Distancing Guide)
  6. If any inspector feels uncomfortable with the inspection, they will address it with the customer and either cancel or reschedule the inspection.
  7. Based on the type of inspection being requested, the inspector may choose to request the inspection be completed through virtual/video inspection techniques (see Virtual Inspection Customer Guide and Virtual Inspections for Occupied Structures SOP).
  8. Requests for inspections on projects that do not fit within one of the categories identified under #1 above will not be accepted and will not be scheduled. Remember, all non-essential construction in the City of Sammamish (City) has been ordered to cease for the duration of the order by the Washington State Governor’s Office.

 

STATUS OF PERMIT REVIEW AND PLAN REVIEW IN SAMMAMISH – March 27, 2020

  1. The City of Sammamish Permit Center and Permit Review Staff are working remotely and the Permit Center is 100% operational.
  2. Requests for project guidance, pre-application meeting, and pre-development services are still being processed on standard timelines. Staff are available via email and by phone. Staff are also available for meetings when customers have the capacity to use GoToMeetings.
  3. Permit Center and Permit Review staff are not meeting in-person with customers at this time, although virtual meetings and phone conference meetings can be set up.
  4. Applications submitted through MyBuildingPermit.com will continue to be processed by staff, utilizing existing protocol.
  5. Paper/hardcopy applications may be converted to PDF and submitted electronically via email when not available for submittal on MBP. These will be separately coordinated with staff. Please contact mmarshall@sammamish.us or abaty@sammamish.us for more information.

 


PERMIT CENTER RESPONSIBILITIES:

The City of Sammamish Permit Center is responsible for the administration of the building permit process including:

  • Screening projects for zoning conformance
  • Screening building plans at intake to be sure they are reviewable by all appropriate agencies
  • Routing plans to review agencies
  • Tracking/monitoring the review process
  • Preparing the final sets of plans
  • Calculating fees
  • Issuing permits
  • Communicating with the applicant

 

PERMITS ARE REQUIRED:

Any construction related project on property located in the City of Sammamish requires a permit, or set of permits, issued by the city’s building division, per:

SMC 16.20.195 “Permits Required”:

“Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code and SMC Title 16.05, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Permit Center and obtain the required permit.”

unless the work is specifically “Exempt From A Permit” per SMC16.20.200.

Please Note: These exemptions are only applicable to required "building" permits. Other permits may still be required for work exempt from a building permit. For example, see SMC 16.15.050 for work that requires (or, is exempted from) a "tree removal" or "grading" permit (otherwise known as a "Clearing and Grading Permit").

 

Please contact the Permit Center directly if you have any questions (425) 295-0531 with regard to your submittal.