Building Department

Building and Code Compliance ensures that construction meets structural, safety and energy standards outlined in state and local ordinances. Staff is responsible for: 

  • Enforcement of the state construction codes: 
    • Building
    • Fuel Gas
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing
    • Residential
  • The State Residential Energy Code, and the State Nonresidential Energy Code, as adopted by the city of East Wenatchee
  • City codes relating to flood hazard, nuisances and other local regulations

This responsibility includes review of building plans and issuance of permits for commercial and residential construction projects within the City and all related field inspections.

Code Enforcement

Code Compliance addresses areas of code enforcement pertaining to the abatement of public nuisances, and other violations as defined in City ordinances. Nuisances are defined in EWMC Chapter 8.20. The Code Compliance Officer reviews cases of alleged code violations and seeks compliance through a voluntary correction process.

  1. Building Permit
  2. Building Fee Schedule
  3. Mechanical/Plumbing Permit
  4. Building Documents

Any owner or owner's authorized agent who intends to do the following to a building or structure shall first take an application to the building official and obtain the required permit:

  • Alter
  • Construct
  • Demolish or Change the Occupancy
  • Enlarge
  • Move
  • Repair


Permits shall not be required for the following:

  1. One-story detached accessory structure, that do not exceed 200 square feet in floor area
  2. Fences over 7 feet
  3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height
  4. Sidewalks and driveways
  5. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  6. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less then 24 inches deep
  7. Swings and other playground equipment
  8. Window awnings supported by a exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches form the exterior wall and do not require additional support
  9. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling