Tamara Palmquist

City Responds to Permit Records with Focus to Reduce Wait Times

Tamara Palmquist, Development Services Center Director, 509.625.6300

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 3:06 p.m.

City Responds to Permit Records with Focus to Reduce Wait Times

Updated January 18, 2024.

Help the City’s Development Services Center Team help you!

As a way of maximizing staff time to focus on plan reviews to reduce project timelines this fall, the DSC at City Hall will be closed to walk-ins on Wednesdays from 8 to 11 a.m. starting Wednesday, Sept. 27, through at least the end of the year. Calls will go to voicemail during those times.

The DSC will utilize these times to catch up on plan reviews before the International Code Council codes change on March 15, 2024. A spike in residential and commercial permit applications is expected prior to the code change.

At a time when housing is in high demand, the City this year through August issued a record 870 residential permits for units in new multi-family buildings. There were also 164 residential projects consisting of 923 units in plan review. The City has maintained the same staffing level during the permit request spike.

In August alone, the overall permit valuation was $82 million and there were 358 new total residential units permitted, the highest monthly total ever.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this window as the City focuses on reducing permit wait times for you. Together, we are helping address the housing crisis one permit at a time!

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