Building and Code Compliance ensures that construction meets structural, safety and energy standards outlined in state and local ordinances. Staff is responsible for enforcement of the state construction codes (Building, Residential, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Plumbing); the State Residential Energy Code, and the State Nonresidential Energy Code, as adopted by the city of East Wenatchee as well as city codes relating to flood hazard, nuisances and other local regulations. This responsibility includes review of building plans and issuance of permits for commercial and residential construction projects within the City and all related field inspections.
Code Compliance addresses areas of code enforcement pertaining to the abatement of public nuisances, and other violations as defined in City ordinances. Nuisances are defined in EWMC Chapter 8.20. The Code Compliance Officer reviews cases of alleged code violations and seeks compliance through a voluntary correction process.
Any owner or owner's authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
Permits shall not be required for the following:
- One-story detached accessory structure, that do not exceed 200 square feet in floor area.
- Fences over 7 feet
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height.
- Sidewalks and driveways
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less then 24 inches deep
- Swings and other playground equipment.
- Window awnings supported by a exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches form the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling.
- Value shall be determined by utilizing 88 percent of the values in the table titled Square Foot Construction Costs as Published by The International Code Council as the same exists now or may hereafter be amended.A copy of the most current edition of said table shall be kept on file at the City and by this reference is made a part herein as if set forth in full.For remodel, tenant improvements and work not listed above the actual value of the work as defined by the International Code may be used.
Mechanical for new single family structure $30.00 Plumbing for a new single family structure is $85.00
Any owner or owner's authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
Permits shall not be required for the following;
- portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
- replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
- Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
- Portable heating appliances.
- Portable ventilation appliances.
- Portable cooling units.
- Steam, hot- or chilled-water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
- Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe
- Portable evaporative coolers.
- Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horse power or less.
- Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid..
- The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspected.
- The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and re-installation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.