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The City of Milton does not have its own building code. The City has adopted the 2015 International Building Code, the 2015 International Residential Code, and the Washington State Amendments.
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Most construction, alteration, or repair work requires a permit. There are some exceptions, which you will find under the Exempted Work provision of the Building Code.
We encourage you to combine all permit applications onto one application form. There is no additional cost for this, and it will simplify the plan review process. If you choose to separate the mechanical from the building permit, you will need to provide much of the information a second time, as well as separate plans.
A separate mechanical plan review fee is also charged. Many mechanical permits require an analysis of the building. Combining the plan review allows the same plans examiner to review the applications and perform the calculations one time. This will allow the contractor to use one permit number when calling in inspections.
You can apply for permits in the Planning and Community Development Department in the Planning/Public Works Building. The phone number is 253-922-8738.
Tacoma Public Utilities handles all electrical permits and inspections for the City of Milton. You may contact them at 253- 503-8277. Their location is:3628 S 35th StreetTacoma, WA 98409
You can also visit their website for more information.
Permit fees are charged based on the work proposed according to adopted fee schedules. See the fee schedule (PDF) for fee information.
A homeowner may work on their property if it is permitted and the work meets the exemption requirements of RCW 18.27.090.
Work on a project may not legally begin before a permit is obtained and on the work site. Some clean-up and clearing may begin before the building permit is issued. Talk to an Inspector or the Building Official for more information.
Yes. Residential re-roof applications are processed at the counter. Commercial projects will require an engineer’s analysis if the existing roof covering is to remain. For a commercial roof tear off and re-roof, the applicant will need to provide information about roof insulation.
Yes. Water heater applications are processed at the counter.
Yes. A building permit is required for any building in which someone is working.
No. Certificates of Occupancy (CO) are issued at the completion of a new building’s construction. New tenants are not issued a CO unless a change of use for the building has been approved by the City. New tenants may occupy their tenant spaces upon final approval of their permit inspection(s). The building’s Certificate of Occupancy is to be posted in the building.
There is an exception for one-story, detached storage buildings less than 200 square feet, so a permit may not be required. The shed may not encroach into the side yard setbacks.
A permit is required if the deck is more than 30 inches above grade.
The process of obtaining a permit is an interactive process. Several factors affect the length of time necessary to receive a permit:
Plan reviews for permit issuance are completed on a “first in – first out” basis.
Construction is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and legal holidays.
The City of Milton requires all businesses located within the city limits, or who conduct business within the city limits, to be licensed with the city. For clarification of your individual circumstances, please consult Title 5 of the Milton Municipal Code.
If you intend to hire a contractor or remodeler, please “Shop Smart” and visit Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for more information.
*During the COVID-19 situation please contact the Permit Technician for drop-off/pick up procedures. Thank you.*
Appointments are not necessary to submit a permit, the permit counter is open M-F 8AM-3:30PM. If you would like to schedule a private meeting with the Planner, Building Official or City Engineer to discuss your project please contact the Permit Technician at 253-922-8738. There is a fee for the appointment.
The review process is impacted by: