Building Services


Building Services reviews and inspects new buildings, additions and alterations, as well as plumbing and mechanical permits. We inspect only those projects which have permits.


There are several reasons to comply with the laws regarding building, plumbing, and mechanical permits. This site will help homeowners understand permit requirements for their projects.

Zoning, Land Use, SEPA Compliance, Design Review

Planning Services is Responsible for Land Use, Zoning, Comprehensive Plan, SEPA compliance, and Design Review. We offer pre-application meetings for larger construction projects.

Sprinklers, Alarm Systems, Fire Lanes, New Commercial Buildings, Hazardous Uses

Fire Prevention reviews and inspects new buildings, additions and alterations for Fire Code Compliance.

Roads, Sidewalks, Grading, Drainage, Sewer, Water, Local Improvement Districts (LIDs)

Public Works is responsible for roads, sidewalks, grading, drainage, sewer, water, and Local Improvement Districts (LIDs).

Building Services FAQs

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Do I need a permit?

  • Where can I apply for a permit?

  • May I combine my building, mechanical or plubming permits into one permit?

  • Where do I get an electrical permit?

  • What is the building code for the City of Kent?

  • What are the permit fees for the City of Kent?

  • Can I do the work myself or do I need to hire a contractor?

  • What are the climatic and geographic design criteria for Kent?

  • Can I get copies of plans for buildings in Kent?

  • May I start work before my permit is issued?

  • Do I need a permit to reroof a building?

  • Do I need a permit for windows or siding?

  • Do I need a permit for an espresso stand?

  • Do I get a certificate of occupancy for my business?

  • Do I need a permit to build a detached storage shed?

  • Do I need a permit to build a deck?

  • During which hours is construction allowed in Kent?

  • Is there anywhere else I should look for regulations about my project?