Residential Permit Process

Interested in building a new home or expanding your existing home? See categories below to learn more about the permits and approvals required and the applications for each type of project.

Determine if you reside in the City or County

  • Determine if you live in the City of Spokane or Spokane County:
    • When your mailing address includes the name of Spokane as your city, it does not necessarily mean that your property actually lies within the city limits. Your property might be miles beyond the boundary of the city limits and still be identified as "Spokane", since it could still be inside Spokane County. To help you determine if your property is inside Spokane City limits or outside, you can use online search tools to help you.
    • Another easy way to determine your property's location and get access to a tremendous amount of information is using helpful tools on Spokane County's website. Visit Spokane County's site and click the SCOUT Property Dashboard tile. Enter your property address and you will see all the information relevant to your property. When you click each tile you get the contact information for the appropriate agencies and services.

Building, expanding or relocating a home

Inside the home

Outside the home

Other Projects

The following types of projects require the General Permit Application at the time of submittal:

  • Residential fences
  • Garages, carports, and sheds
  • Residential additions
  • Residential remodels

For these residential projects, please fill out the General Permit Application Form and send to

Additional Requirements may be needed as determined by the Development Services Center. These additional requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Proof of Ownership - if the property was recently purchased
  • Obstruction/Curb Cut Permits
  • Yard Waiver - required if the structure is being built within the 5-foot setback requirements
  • Approval from Historic Preservation, if required
  • Encroachment Certificate - for fences and retaining walls built within the City's right-of-way

Contact the Permit Team Hotline at 509.625.6999 for information on what is required for each project.

Site Plan Details

The following details are required for staff to be able to review site plans for compliance with the Spokane Municipal Code:

  • Dimensions of all existing structures
  • Dimensions of all proposed structures
  • Identify all property lines
  • Distance from all structures to the property lines
  • Identify all streets, alleys, and sidewalks

Site Plans for these residential projects may be drawn on a blank 8 ½" x 11" sheet of paper or on this Site Plan form (PDF 525 KB).

Code Requirement related links

Contact Information

3rd Floor City Hall
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201

Development Services Center