All applicable commercial and residential construction in Anacortes requires a permit to ensure that safety matters are addressed, as well as Washington State Code, Anacortes Municipal Code, & International Building Codes.
Generally, Anacortes requires a building permit (or a mechanical, plumbing, or grading permit) anytime you erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, convert, or demolish a building or structure. If in doubt, please ask.
Permit Not Required
Retaining Walls 4 ft. or less with no unbalanced backfill or supported surcharge
Painting, papering, & similar finish work
Residential storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided that the area does not exceed 144 square feet, setbacks per zoning code required.
Shelves & counters
Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
Permit Required (this is not an exhaustive list)
Antenna Towers, Extensions & Replacements
Demolition of structures, tank removals, or any removal of materials with asbestos
Change in location of Plumbing Fixtures
Heaters and Log Lighters
Replacement of Mechanical Fixtures such as Furnaces, Water Heaters, Fireplaces, and Gas Piping