Community Development - Building


The Building Division provides permitting, plan review and inspection services to ensure buildings are safe for the citizens of Sultan.

The Building Department reviews, issue and inspects building, mechanical, plumbing, sign and demolition permits. All plans and inspection requests must be submitted to the city for processing through the MyGov portal.

2023 Fee Schedule

Adopted under Resolution 22-13

Building Code Update - September 26, 2023

The State Building Code Council voted on May 24, 2023, to delay the effective date of the 2021 codes for 120 days, which changed the effective date from July 1, 2023, to October 29, 2023. On September 15, 2023, the State Building Code Council agreed on another delay. The new effective date for all building codes is March 15, 2024.

Note to the Building Community:

It's imperative to have site specific designs submitted before the new code goes into effect, any submittals after March 15th, 2024, will be out of compliance of the affective code and all submittals prior to March 15th, 2024, shall be vested into the 2018 code cycle.  

2021 Building Codes are scheduled to be adopted in mid-2023.

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code Maps

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) / Code Amendments:

Washington State Building Code Council:

Washington State Building Code Chapter 51-50 WAC International Building Code 2021 Edition. Effective July 1, 2023 - 120-day extension

Washington State Building Code Chapter 51-54A WAC 2021 Edition Washington State Amendments to the 2021 International Fire Code.  Effective July 1, 2023  - 120-day extension

Washington State Building Code Chapter 51-50 WAC International Existing Building Code 2021. Edition Effective July 1, 2021  - 120-day extension

Existing Building Code

At its January 14, 2021, Council Meeting, the City of Sultan has adopted the 2018 International Building Codes (after publication the effective date is January 25, 2021), or as required by state mandate which is February 1, 2021. 

The 2018 Building Code Effective date is February 1, 2021. 

The International Building Codes may be viewed through the following site: I-Codes Building Codes - ICC Digital Codes (    

Design Criteria:

  • Seismic Zone: D/D2
  • Wind Speed: 110 mph (based on 3 second gust wind velocities)
  • Exposure: B, C, or D (Design professional to determine by site visit)
  • Soil bearing Capacity: 1,500psf assumed
  • Frost Line Depth: 18-inches
  • Roof Snow Load: Minimum 25psf (may increase depending on site location)
  • Energy Code Design Temperature: 20F
  • Weathering – Moderate
  • Termite – Moderate
  • Winter Design Temperature – 26-F
  • City Zoning Map 12.2022

The 2018 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) compliance certificate must be posted on-site.  Energy Program information can be viewed here: 2018 WSEC Web Page

The 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code can be viewed here: 

The National Electrical Code is adopted and amended by the Department of Labor and Industries. Please see their code site at        

Building Application Reviews

Building application reviews are accepted by appointment only. Please call Cyd Donk at 360-793-1099 or email Cyd to schedule an appointment to review your building permit application. Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. All building permit applications are submitted on-line through the MyGov Permit portal found here My Gov Permitting. We no longer accept paper submittals for building permits.

Schedule a Building Inspection

Please submit your inspection request through your online permit portal MyGov.  Phone requests are no longer accepted. Building inspections will be performed Monday through Thursdays. There are no inspections on Friday, weekends or federal holidays. Building inspection requests must be made by 3:00 pm the day before the inspection is requested. Inspections requested over the weekend will be scheduled for the following Tuesday. If for any reason you are not ready for inspection after a request has been made, you must call 360.793.1099 or 360.793.1153 to cancel the inspection to avoid a missed inspection fee. Due to the workload of our inspectors, we cannot always schedule inspections for a specific time of day.  Staff will make every effort to work with you.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Ken Marshall, Building Inspector via email at 360.613.1852 or 360.793.1153.  You may also contact us through email (located upper right side of page). Please reference your building permit number, address, and type of inspection, along with your name and contact information.

Who do I contact for Civil Inspections

For civil (grading or utility) inspections, please submit your request through your online permit at MyGov portal.

Inspections must be requested through the online form at least 24-hours before the inspection is needed. Phone requests will no longer be accepted. If for any reason you are not ready for inspection after a request has been made, you must call 360.913.5136 to cancel the inspection. You may also reach Casey Bollinger, Construction Specialist via email here: Email Casey Due to the workload of our inspectors, we cannot always schedule inspections for a specific time.