Chapter 16.20
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

Sections:

16.20.010    Short title.

16.20.015    Purpose.

16.20.020    Scope.

16.20.025    Definitions.

16.20.030    Appendices.

16.20.035    Intent.

16.20.040    Referenced codes.

16.20.045    International Building Code.

16.20.050    International Residential Code – Scope.

16.20.055    Mechanical code – Scope.

16.20.060    Liquid propane gas code – Scope.

16.20.065    Natural gas code – Scope.

16.20.070    Plumbing code – Scope.

16.20.073    Sammamish Electrical Code – Scope.

16.20.075    Washington State Energy Code.

16.20.077    2015 International Existing Building Code.

16.20.078    International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.

16.20.080    General applicability.

16.20.085    Other laws.

16.20.090    Application of references.

16.20.095    Referenced codes and standards.

16.20.100    Partial invalidity.

16.20.105    Existing structures.

16.20.107    Moved buildings.

16.20.108    Requirements not covered by code.

16.20.109    Structures in areas of special flood hazard.

16.20.110    Creation of enforcement agency.

16.20.115    Appointment.

16.20.120    Deputies.

16.20.125    Duties and power of building official.

16.20.130    Applications and permits.

16.20.135    Notices and orders.

16.20.138    Tagging of buildings.

16.20.140    Inspections.

16.20.145    Identification.

16.20.150    Right of entry.

16.20.155    Department records.

16.20.160    Liability.

16.20.165    Approved materials and equipment.

16.20.170    Used materials and equipment.

16.20.175    Modifications.

16.20.180    Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment.

16.20.185    Research reports.

16.20.190    Tests.

16.20.195    Permits required.

16.20.197    Electrical permits required.

16.20.200    Work exempt from permit.

16.20.205    Emergency repairs.

16.20.210    Ordinary repairs.

16.20.215    Application for permit.

16.20.220    Action on application.

16.20.225    Time limitation of application.

16.20.230    Validity of permit.

16.20.235    Expiration of issued permits.

16.20.237    Permit renewals.

16.20.240    Suspension or revocation.

16.20.245    Placement of permit.

16.20.248    Floor and roof design loads.

16.20.250    Construction documents – Submittal.

16.20.255    Information on construction documents.

16.20.260    Fire protection system shop drawings.

16.20.265    Means of egress.

16.20.270    Exterior wall envelope.

16.20.273    Building enclosure design requirements of Chapter 64.55 RCW.

16.20.275    Site plan.

16.20.280    Examination of documents.

16.20.285    Use of consultants.

16.20.290    Approval of construction documents.

16.20.295    Phased approval.

16.20.300    Design professional in responsible charge.

16.20.305    Deferred submittals.

16.20.310    Amended construction documents.

16.20.315    Retention of construction documents.

16.20.320    Temporary structure – General.

16.20.325    Temporary structure – Conformance.

16.20.330    Temporary structure – Termination of approval.

16.20.335    Payment of fees.

16.20.340    Schedule of permit fees.

16.20.345    Plan review fees.

16.20.350    Building permit valuations.

16.20.353    Registered plan program.

16.20.355    Work commencing before permit issuance.

16.20.360    Related fees.

16.20.365    Performance bonds.

16.20.370    Refunds.

16.20.375    Inspections – General.

16.20.380    Preliminary inspections.

16.20.385    Manufacturer’s installation instructions.

16.20.390    Required inspections.

16.20.393    Temporary erosion and sediment control inspection.

16.20.395    Footing and foundation inspection.

16.20.400    Concrete slab and under-floor inspection.

16.20.405    Lowest floor elevation certification.

16.20.410    Exterior wall sheathing inspection.

16.20.415    Roof sheathing inspection.

16.20.420    IMC/IPC/Gas/NEC/IFC rough in inspection.

16.20.423    Electrical rough in inspection.

16.20.425    Frame inspection.

16.20.430    Flashing and exterior weather barrier inspection.

16.20.435    Lath inspection and gypsum board inspection.

16.20.440    Fire-resistant penetrations.

16.20.445    Energy efficiency inspection.

16.20.450    Reinspection.

16.20.455    Other inspections.

16.20.460    Special inspections.

16.20.465    Final inspection.

16.20.470    Inspection agencies.

16.20.475    Inspection requests.

16.20.480    Approval required.

16.20.483    Traffic management systems.

16.20.485    Certificate of occupancy – Use and occupancy.

16.20.490    Certificate of occupancy issued.

16.20.495    Temporary or phased occupancy.

16.20.500    Revocation of certificate of occupancy.

16.20.505    Connection of service utilities.

16.20.510    Temporary connection of service utilities.

16.20.515    Authority to disconnect service utilities.

16.20.520    Appeals – General.

16.20.525    Appeals – Limitations on authority.

16.20.530    Unlawful acts.

16.20.535    Notice of violation.

16.20.540    Prosecution of violation.

16.20.545    Violation – Penalties.

16.20.550    Stop work order – Authority.

16.20.555    Stop work order – Issuance.

16.20.560    Stop work order – Effect.

16.20.565    Stop work order – Remedy – Civil penalties.

16.20.570    Unsafe structures and equipment.

16.20.010 Short title.

This chapter shall constitute the construction administrative code of the City of Sammamish, hereinafter referred to as “this code.” (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.015 Purpose.

The purpose of the codes and regulations adopted by this code is to provide a consistent method for administration of the construction codes adopted in Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.020 Scope.

The provisions of this construction administrative code shall apply to the administration of the following codes as adopted by the state of Washington and the City of Sammamish and as listed:

(1) 2015 International Building Code – Chapter 51-50 WAC;

(2) 2015 International Residential Code – Chapter 51-51 WAC;

(3) 2015 International Mechanical Code – Chapter 51-52 WAC;

(4) 2015 National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54) – Chapter 51-52 WAC;

(5) 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA 58) – Chapter 51-52 WAC;

(6) 2015 International Fuel Gas Code – Chapter 51-52 WAC;

(7) 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code – Chapter 51-56 WAC;

(8) 2015 Washington State Energy Codes – Chapters 51-11C and 51-11R WAC;

(9) 2015 International Existing Building Code – Chapter 51-50 WAC;

(10) 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code – WAC 51-50-3109 and 51-51-0329;

(11) Sammamish Electrical Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.025 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall have the meanings set forth in this section. Where terms are not defined, they shall have their ordinary accepted meanings within the context with which they are used. “Webster’s Third International Dictionary of the English Language,” unabridged latest edition, shall be considered as providing ordinary accepted meanings. Words used in the singular include the plural, and the plural the singular. Words used in the masculine gender include the feminine, and the feminine the masculine.

“Action” means a specific response complying fully with a specific request by the City of Sammamish.

“Amended construction documents” means changes or revisions to the approved plans which do not alter the size, shape, height, location or orientation on property, major components of the structural load path, or existing requirements.

“Building division” means the staff of the City of Sammamish community development department under the direction of the building official responsible for review of construction drawings and construction inspection for compliance with adopted building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, and other applicable construction codes.

“Building official” means the person or persons designated by the director of community development, charged with the administration and enforcement of the adopted construction codes.

“Building service equipment” means and refers to the plumbing, mechanical and electrical equipment including piping, wiring, fixtures, and other accessories which provide sanitation, lighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, firefighting, and transportation facilities essential to the occupancy of the building or structure for its designated use.

“Code official” means the person or persons charged with the enforcement of the adopted administrative and construction codes, or any duly authorized representative.

“Complete response” means an adequate response to all requests from City staff in sufficient detail to allow the application to be processed.

“Energy code” means the International Energy Conservation Code promulgated by the Washington State Building Code Council as adopted by the City of Sammamish.

“Existing building” means a building erected prior to the adoption of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or one for which a legal building permit has been issued and approved.

“IBC” means the latest edition of the International Building Code promulgated by the International Code Council as adopted by the City of Sammamish.

“IEBC” means the latest edition of the International Existing Building Code promulgated by the International Code Council as adopted by this jurisdiction.

“IMC” means the latest edition of the International Mechanical Code promulgated by the International Code Council as adopted by the City of Sammamish.

“IRC” means the latest edition of the International Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings promulgated by the International Code Council as adopted by the City of Sammamish.

“NEC” means the latest edition of the National Electrical Code promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association as amended by the Washington Cities Electrical Code and adopted by the City.

“Occupancy” means the purpose for which a building, or part thereof, is used or intended to be used.

“Permit center” means the staff of the City of Sammamish community development department under the direction of the permit center manager responsible for intake and issuance of building, plumbing, mechanical, fire and other development permits.

“Public service agency” shall include those agencies providing noncompetitive services and rates to the public for the purpose of delivering electrical, water, sewer or gas utilities. The equipment installed by a public service agency shall be owned, operated and maintained by that agency.

“PUDs” means public utility districts such as water and sewer, etc.

“SEPA” means the State Environmental Policy Act.

“Shall,” as used in this code, is mandatory.

“SMC” means the latest edition of the Sammamish Municipal Code.

“UPC” means the latest edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code promulgated by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials as adopted by the City of Sammamish.

“Valuation” or “value,” as applied to a building or building service equipment, means and shall be the estimated cost to replace the building and its building service equipment in kind, based on current material and labor replacement costs, and shall include contractor’s overhead and profit. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-253 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.030)

16.20.030 Appendices.

Provisions in the appendices of adopted codes shall not apply unless specifically adopted. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.035)

16.20.035 Intent.

The purpose of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC is to establish the minimum requirements to provide a reasonable level of safety, public health, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.040)

16.20.040 Referenced codes.

The codes listed in SMC 16.20.045 through 16.20.075 and referenced elsewhere in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be considered part of the requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC to the prescribed extent of each such reference. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.045)

16.20.045 International Building Code.

(1) Scope. The provisions of the International Building Code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

(2) Exceptions: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories above grade in height with separate means of egress and their accessory structures not more than three stories above grade plane in height shall comply with the International Residential Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.050)

16.20.050 International Residential Code – Scope.

(1) The provisions of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings, adult family homes, and townhouses not more than three stories in height above grade plane with separate means of egress and their accessory structures that are not more than three stories in height above grade plane.

(2) Exceptions.

(a) Live/work units located in townhouses and complying with the requirements of Section 419 of the International Building Code shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Fire suppression required by Section 419.5 of the International Building Code where constructed under the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings shall conform to Appendix Q.

(b) Owner-occupied lodging houses with one or two guestrooms shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

(c) Owner-occupied lodging homes with three to five guestrooms shall be permitted to be constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings where equipped with a fire sprinkler system in accordance with Appendix Q. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.055)

16.20.055 Mechanical code – Scope.

(1) The provisions of the International Mechanical Code shall apply to the installation, alterations, repairs and replacement of mechanical systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and/or appurtenances, including ventilating, heating, cooling, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, incinerators and other energy-related systems.

(2) Exceptions.

(a) The International Fuel Gas Code: for all installations utilizing natural gas except those regulated by the IRC and those utilizing LPG.

(b) International Residential Code: for all structures regulated by the IRC except LPG installations.

(c) NFPA 54 and 58: for all LPG installations. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.060)

16.20.060 Liquid propane gas code – Scope.

The provisions of the National Fuel Gas Code and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA 54 and 58) shall apply to the installation of all materials and equipment utilizing liquid propane gas. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.065)

16.20.065 Natural gas code – Scope.

The provisions of the International Fuel Gas Code shall apply to the installation of all materials and equipment utilizing natural gas including gas piping systems, fuel gas utilization equipment, gaseous hydrogen systems, and related accessories except those regulated by the International Residential Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.070)

16.20.070 Plumbing code – Scope.

The provisions of the Uniform Plumbing Code shall apply to the installation, alteration, repair and replacement of plumbing systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances, and where connected to a water or sewage system and all aspects of a medical gas system. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3. Formerly § 16.20.075)

16.20.073 Sammamish Electrical Code – Scope.

The provisions of the Sammamish Electrical Code apply to the installation of electric conductors, electric equipment and additions, alterations, modifications, or repairs to existing electrical installations for the following:

(1) Electric conductors, electric equipment, and electrical raceways installed within or on public and private buildings, property or other structures.

(2) Signaling and communications conductors and equipment, telecommunications conductors and equipment, fiber optic cables, and raceways installed within or on public and private buildings, property or other structures.

(3) Yards, lots, parking lots, and industrial substations.

(4) Temporary electrical installations for use during the construction of buildings.

(5) Temporary electrical installations for carnivals, conventions, festivals, fairs, traveling shows, the holding of religious services, temporary lighting of streets, or other approved uses.

(6) Installations of conductors and equipment that connect to a supply of electricity.

(7) All other outside electrical conductors on the premises.

(8) Optional standby systems derived from portable generators.

Exception: Installations under the exclusive control of electric utilities for the purpose of communication, transmission, and distribution of electric energy located in buildings used exclusively by utilities for such purposes or located outdoors on property owned or leased by the utilities or on public highways, streets, roads, etc., or outdoors by established rights on private property.

It is the intent of this section that the Sammamish Electrical Code covers all premises’ wiring or wiring other than utility owned metering equipment, on the load side of the service point of buildings, structures, or any other premises not owned or leased by the utility. Also, it is the intent that the Sammamish Electrical Code covers installations in buildings used by the utility for purposes other than listed above, such as office buildings, warehouses, garages, machine shops, and recreational buildings which are not an integral part of a generating plant, substation, or control center. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.075 Washington State Energy Code.

The provisions of the Washington State Energy Code shall apply to all matters governing the design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency. The Washington State Energy Codes (WSEC), as adopted by the State Building Code Council in Chapters 51-11C and 51-11R WAC, are adopted by reference.

Exception: The provisions of these codes do not apply to temporary growing structures used solely for the commercial production of horticultural plants including ornamental plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. A temporary growing structure is not considered a building for the purposes of these codes. However, the installation of other than listed, portable mechanical equipment or listed, portable lighting fixtures is not allowed. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.077 2015 International Existing Building Code.

The provisions of the International Existing Building Code shall apply to the repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition to and relocation of existing buildings not regulated under the International Residential Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B))

16.20.078 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.

Scope. The provisions of this code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, renovation, replacement, repair and maintenance of aquatic recreation facilities, pools and spas. The pools and spas covered by this code are either permanent or temporary, and shall be only those that are designed and manufactured to be connected to a circulation system and that are intended for swimming, bathing or wading. Swimming pools, spas and other aquatic recreation facilities shall comply with the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, where the facility is one of the following:

(1) For the sole use of residents and invited guests at a single-family dwelling;

(2) For the sole use of residents and invited guests of a duplex owned by the residents; or

(3) Operated exclusively for physical therapy or rehabilitation and under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner.

All other “water recreation facilities” as defined in RCW 70.90.110 are regulated under Chapters 246-260 and 246-262 WAC. Public swimming pool barriers are regulated by WAC 246-260-031(4). (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B))

16.20.080 General applicability.

Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall be applicable. Where, in any specific case, different sections of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern, except that the hierarchy of the codes named in Chapter 19.27 RCW shall govern. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.085 Other laws.

The provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall not be deemed to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.090 Application of references.

References to chapter or section numbers, or to provisions not specifically identified by number, shall be construed to refer to such chapter, section or provision of this code or Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.095 Referenced codes and standards.

The codes and standards referenced in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be considered part of the requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where differences occur between provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall apply. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.100 Partial invalidity.

In the event that any part or provision of this code is held to be illegal or void, this shall not have the effect of making void or illegal any of the other parts or provisions. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.105 Existing structures.

The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is specifically covered in this code, the International Fire Code, the Sammamish Building and Property Maintenance Code, or as is deemed necessary by the building official or fire marshal for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public. Modifications to existing structures shall be permitted to be performed in accordance with WAC 51-50-480000 (International Existing Building Code).

Electrical wiring added to an existing service, feeder, or branch circuit shall not result in an installation that violates the provisions of the code in force at the time the additions were made. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.107 Moved buildings.

(1) Buildings or structures moved into or within a jurisdiction shall comply with the provisions of SMC 16.05.155.

(2) Electrical requirements for moved buildings shall be in accordance with SMC 16.05.155(2). (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1)

16.20.108 Requirements not covered by code.

Requirements necessary for the strength, stability or proper operation of an existing or proposed structure or installation, or for the public safety, health and general welfare, not specifically covered by this code, shall be determined by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.109 Structures in areas of special flood hazard.

Buildings located in areas of special flood hazard shall be regulated under the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and the Sammamish Municipal Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.110 Creation of enforcement agency.

The building division of the community development department is hereby created and the official in charge thereof shall be known as the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.115 Appointment.

The building official shall be appointed by the chief appointing authority of the City of Sammamish. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.120 Deputies.

In accordance with the prescribed procedures of the City of Sammamish and with the concurrence of the appointing authority, the building official shall have the authority to appoint a deputy building official, the related technical officers, inspectors, plan examiners and other employees. Such employees shall have powers as delegated by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.125 Duties and power of building official.

The building official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. The building official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of their provisions. Such interpretations, policies and procedures shall be in compliance with the intent and purpose of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.130 Applications and permits.

The permit center shall receive and review applications for the erection, alteration, demolition and moving of buildings, structures and building service equipment, shall route to the appropriate divisions or departments of the City of Sammamish and/or other agencies for review and approval and, when approved by all appropriate divisions, departments, or agencies, issue the appropriate permit. The building division shall review construction documents for the erection, alteration, demolition and moving of buildings, structures and building service equipment, inspect the premises for which such permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.135 Notices and orders.

The building official shall have the authority to issue all necessary notices or orders to ensure compliance with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. Notices and orders shall be as prescribed in Chapter 23.60 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.138 Tagging of buildings.

Following a City of Sammamish issued formal declaration of emergency, the building official shall be authorized to evaluate and provide building safety evaluations. Evaluations shall generally follow standards from the Applied Technology Council ATC 20, ATC 20-1 or ATC 45 manuals. The procedure shall allow for the tagging of buildings as “Inspected,” “Limited Entry” or “Unsafe” along with associated penalties per SMC 16.20.545 for removal of building tags. Notice and orders pertaining to dangerous buildings and appeal procedures established under adopted building codes shall not apply under official declarations of emergency. This section for tagging of buildings shall also apply for unsafe structures and equipment identified in SMC 16.25.150. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.140 Inspections.

The building division shall make all of the required inspections, or the building official shall have the authority to accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. Reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The building official is authorized to engage such expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise at the applicant’s expense. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.145 Identification.

Building division personnel shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of duties under this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.150 Right of entry.

Where it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or where the building official has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a structure or upon a premises a condition which is contrary to or in violation of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC which makes the structure or premises unsafe, dangerous or hazardous, the building official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or to perform the duties imposed by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC; provided, that if such structure or premises be occupied that credentials be presented to the occupant and entry requested. If such structure or premises is unoccupied, the building official shall first make a reasonable effort to locate the owner, the owner’s authorized agent, or other person having charge or control of the structure or premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the building official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry.

Where the code official has first obtained a proper inspection warrant or other remedy provided by law to secure entry, an owner, the owner’s authorized agent or occupant or person having charge, care or control of the building or premises shall not fail or neglect, after proper request is made as herein provided, to promptly permit entry therein by the code official for the purpose of inspection and examination pursuant to the applicable construction code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.155 Department records.

The permit center shall keep official records of applications received, permits and certificates issued, and fees collected. The building official shall keep official records of reports of inspections, and notices and orders issued. Such records shall be retained in the official records for the period required for retention of public records. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.160 Liability.

The building official or employee charged with the enforcement of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, while acting for the City of Sammamish in good faith and without malice in the discharge of the duties required by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or other pertinent law or ordinance, shall not thereby be rendered liable personally and is hereby relieved from personal liability for any damage accruing to persons or property as a result of any act or by reason of an act or omission in the discharge of official duties. Any suit instituted against an officer or employee because of an act performed by that officer or employee in the lawful discharge of duties and under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be defended by legal representative of the City of Sammamish until the final termination of the proceedings. The building official or any subordinate shall not be liable for cost in any action, suit or proceeding that is instituted in pursuance of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.165 Approved materials and equipment.

Materials, equipment and devices approved by the building official shall be constructed and installed in accordance with such approval. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.170 Used materials and equipment.

The use of used materials and building service equipment which meet the requirements of this code for new materials is permitted. Used equipment and devices shall not be reused unless approved by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.175 Modifications.

Wherever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, the building official shall have the authority to grant modifications for individual cases, upon application of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent, provided the building official shall first find that special individual reason makes the strict letter of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC impractical and the modification is in compliance with the intent and purpose of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and that such modification does not lessen health, accessibility, life and fire safety, or structural requirements. The details of action granting modifications shall be recorded and entered in the files of the department. The building official is authorized to charge an additional fee to evaluate any proposed modification under the provisions of this section. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.180 Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment.

The provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC; provided, that any such alternative has been approved by the building official. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety. Where the alternative material, design or method of construction is not approved, the building official shall respond in writing, stating the reasons why the alternative was not approved. The building official is authorized to charge an additional fee to evaluate any proposed alternate material, design and/or method of construction and equipment under the provisions of this section. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.185 Research reports.

Supporting data, where necessary to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not specifically provided for in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, shall consist of valid research reports from approved sources. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.190 Tests.

Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the building official shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the City of Sammamish. Test methods shall be as specified in this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or by other recognized test standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the building official shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be performed by an approved agency. Reports of such tests shall be retained by the building official for the period required for retention of public records. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.195 Permits required.

Any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by Chapter 16.05 SMC, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the permit center and obtain the required permit. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.197 Electrical permits required.

In accordance with Chapter 19.28 RCW, an electrical permit is required for the following installations:

(1) The installation, alteration, repair, replacement, modification or maintenance of all electrical systems, wire and electrical equipment regardless of voltage.

(2) The installation and/or alteration of low voltage systems defined as:

(a) NEC, Class 1 power limited circuits at 30 volts maximum.

(b) NEC, Class 2 circuits powered by a Class 2 power supply as defined in NEC 725.41(A).

(c) NEC, Class 3 circuits powered by a Class 3 power supply as defined in NEC 725.41(A).

(3) Telecommunications Systems.

(a) Installation of telecommunications systems on the customer side of the network demarcation point for projects greater than 10 telecommunications outlets.

(b) All backbone installations, regardless of size, and all telecommunications cable or equipment installations involving penetrations of fire barriers or passing through hazardous locations require a permit and inspection.

(c) The installation of greater than 10 outlets and the associated cables along any horizontal pathway from a telecommunications closet to work areas during any continuous 90-day period requires a permit and inspection.

(d) Backbone installations in multifamily residential dwellings which require penetration of fire barriers or installation of more than 10 outlets in common areas.

(e) Definitions of telecommunications technical terms shall be as set forth in Chapter 19.28 RCW, EIA/TIA standards, and the Sammamish Electrical Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.200 Work exempt from permit.

Exemptions from permit requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or any other laws or ordinances of the City of Sammamish. Permit exemptions for activities outside the footprint of an existing legally established structure shall not apply within critical areas or within the standard shoreline setbacks. Permits shall not be required for the following:

(1) Public Service Agencies or Work in the Public Right-of-Way.

(a) Installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution or metering or other related equipment that is under the ownership and control of public service agencies.

(b) Work located primarily in a public right-of-way, on public utility towers and poles (but no exemption for wireless communications facilities that are not located in a public way) and hydraulic flood control structures.

(2) Building.

(a) IRC accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, one-story tree-supported play structures, playhouses and similar uses, but not including vehicle storage, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet and, except one-story tree-supported play structures, the height does not exceed 12 feet from the grade plane to the highest point of the roof.

(b) Fences not over six feet (1,829 mm) high.

(c) Oil derricks.

(d) Retaining walls which are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.

(e) Rockery walls which are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from finished grade to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.

(f) Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.

(g) Sidewalks and driveways that are not part of an accessible path of travel.

(h) Decks and associated platforms and steps accessory to buildings which are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade at any point within 36 inches horizontally to the edge of the open side, are not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible path of travel.

(i) Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, nonstructural wood or vinyl siding, and similar finish work; provided, that existing accessible features are not altered.

(j) In-kind reroofing of one- and two-family dwellings, provided the existing roofing material is not removed or replaced.

(k) Window replacement in IRC structures where no alteration of structural members is required; however, this does not include windows which require safety glass or provide egress under the IRC.

(l) Replacement of nonstructural siding on IRC structures except for exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS) or stucco finish.

(m) Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

(n) Reserved.

(o) Shade cloth structures constructed for garden, nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems.

(p) Swings, slides and other similar playground equipment.

(q) Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one- and two-family dwelling or Group R-3 and Group U occupancies, which do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

(r) Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches (1,753 mm) in height.

(s) Satellite earth station antennas six and one-half feet (two m) or less in diameter or diagonal in zones other than residential zones.

(t) Satellite earth station antennas three and one-quarter feet (one m) or less in diameter in residential zones.

(u) Video programming service antennas three and one-quarter feet (one m) or less in diameter or diagonal dimension, regardless of zone.

(v) Job shacks that are placed at the job site during construction, for which a permit has been issued, may be allowed on a temporary basis and shall be removed upon final approval of construction. A “job shack” means a portable or temporary structure for which the primary purpose is to house equipment or supplies and which may serve as a temporary office during construction activity. Sales offices are not considered construction related.

(w) Flag and light poles located on private property less than or equal to 20 feet in height.

(3) Electrical.

(a) Portable motors or other portable appliances which are energized by means of a cord or cable having an attachment plug end to be connected to an approved receptacle, when that cord or cable is permitted by the National Electrical Code.

(b) Repair or replacement of fixed motors, transformers, or fixed approved appliances or devices rated 50 amps or less and which are like-in-kind and in the same location.

(c) Temporary decorative lighting; when used for a period not to exceed 90 days and removed at the conclusion of the 90-day period.

(d) Repair or replacement of current-carrying parts of any switch, conductor or control device, which are like-in-kind and in the same location.

(e) Repair or replacement of attachment plug(s) and associated receptacle(s) rated 50 amperes or less, which are like-in-kind in the same location.

(f) Repair or replacement of any over current device, which is like-in-kind and in the same location.

(g) Repair or replacement of electrodes or transformers of the same size and capacity for signs or gas tube systems.

(h) Removal of electrical wiring.

(i) Telecommunication outlet installations within individual dwelling units.

(j) Listed wireless security systems for which power is supplied by a listed Class 2 plug-in transformer and which are installed within dwelling units.

(k) The installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment or the generation, transmission, distribution or metering of electrical energy or in the operation of signals or the transmission of intelligence, by a public or private utility in the exercise of its function as a serving utility.

(l) Portable generators serving only cord and plug connected loads supplied through receptacles on the generator.

(m) Travel trailers.

(n) Heat cable repair.

(o) Like-in-kind replacement of one or more of the following: lamps, a single battery smaller than 150-amp hour, contactors, relays, timers, starters, circuit boards, or similar control components, one household appliance, circuit breakers, single-family residential luminaires, a maximum of five snap snap switches, dimmers, receptacle outlets, thermostats, heating elements, luminaire ballasts with an exact same ballast, component(s) of electric signs, outline lighting, skeleton neon tubing when replaced on site by an appropriate electrical contractor and when the sign, outline lighting or skeleton neon tubing electrical system is not modified; one ten-horsepower or smaller motor; and induction detection loops that comply with WAC 296-46B-300(2) and are used to control gate access devices.

(p) All wiring for low voltage installations within a one-family dwelling unit or its accessory structure except wired security, fire or smoke alarm systems, provided the power is supplied by a listed Class 2 power supply and none of the wiring penetrates the wall or ceiling between the dwelling unit and an attached garage, or wall separating two dwelling units.

(4) Mechanical.

(a) Portable heating, cooking, or clothes-drying appliances.

(b) Portable ventilation equipment.

(c) Portable cooling unit.

(d) Steam or hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC.

(e) Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.

(f) Portable evaporative cooler.

(g) Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of one horsepower (746 W) or less.

(h) Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected.

(5) Plumbing.

(a) The stopping and/or repairing of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that should any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe become defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, the same shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be procured and inspection made as provided in this code.

(b) The clearing of stoppages.

(c) Reinstallation or replacement of prefabricated fixtures that do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves or pipes. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.205 Emergency repairs.

Where equipment replacements and equipment repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the permit center. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.210 Ordinary repairs.

Application or notice to the permit center is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps, or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.215 Application for permit.

To obtain a permit, the applicant shall first file a complete application as defined by the jurisdiction therefor in writing on a form furnished by the permit center for that purpose. Such application shall:

(1) Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.

(2) The legal description, or the tax parcel number and the street address if available, that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed building or work.

(3) The property owner’s name, address, and phone number.

(4) The prime contractor’s business name, address, phone number, and current state contractor registration number.

(5) Either:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the office of the lender administering the interim construction financing, if any; or

(b) The name and address of the firm that has issued a payment bond, if any, on behalf of the prime contractor for the protection of the owner, if the bond is for an amount not less than 50 percent of the total amount of the construction project.

(6) Indicate the use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.

(7) Be accompanied by plans, diagrams, computations and specifications and other information as required in SMC 16.20.255 through 16.20.275.

(8) State the valuation of the proposed work.

(9) Be signed by the applicant, or the applicant’s authorized agent.

(10) Give such other data and information as required by the City of Sammamish.

The information required on the building permit application by subsections (2) through (5) of this section shall be set forth on the building permit document which is issued to the owner, and on the inspection record card which shall be posted at the construction site.

If the information required by subsection (5) of this section is not available at the time the application is submitted, the applicant shall so state and the application shall be processed forthwith and the permit issued as if the information had been supplied, and the lack of the information shall not cause the application to be deemed incomplete for the purposes of vesting. However, the applicant shall provide the remaining information as soon as the applicant can reasonably obtain such information. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.220 Action on application.

City staff shall examine or cause to be examined applications for permits and amendments thereto prior to acceptance of the building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical or related permit application. If the application or the construction documents are incomplete or lack sufficient information to demonstrate compliance with applicable codes and standards, the application shall be returned to the applicant stating the reasons therefor. If the City staff is satisfied that the application or construction documents are complete and provide sufficient information to proceed with review, the permit center shall accept the permit application and collect the appropriate submittal fees.

Notwithstanding the language of this or any other provision of this code, no building permit shall be issued until all other project permits related to the project action for which the building permit is sought have been approved and issued, and all related fees, bonds, and approval conditions have been paid and/or satisfied, including but not limited to: SEPA approvals, subdivisions, PUDs, building site plans, conditional use permits, variances, shoreline substantial development permits, critical area alterations permits and frontage improvements.

When a reasonable use exception is required to determine placement of the proposed structure and all appurtenances, the reasonable use exception shall be obtained prior to application for a building permit. If, after the application is submitted, it is determined that the proposed structure must be altered or redesigned in order to comply with land use, fire, or other regulations, the building official is authorized to require the applicant to withdraw said application. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.225 Time limitation of application.

(1) Applications for which no permit is issued within 18 months following the date of application shall expire by limitation and plans and other data submitted for review may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed in accordance with state law by the building official. Permit applications that will expire shall be extended to June 30, 2016, by the building official upon written request by the applicant, subject to the following:

(a) A counter service fee as established by the current fee schedule.

(2) Applications may be canceled for inactivity if an applicant fails to respond to the building official’s written request for revisions, corrections, actions or additional information within 90 days of the date of request. The building official may extend the response period beyond 90 days if within the original 90-day time period the applicant provides and subsequently adheres to an approved schedule with specific target dates for submitting the full revisions, corrections or other information needed by the building official.

(3) The building official may extend the life of an application beyond the expiration period established in subsection (1) of this section, if any of the following conditions exist:

(a) Compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act is in progress; or

(b) Any other City review is in progress, provided the applicant has submitted a complete response to City requests for information or corrections; or

(c) The building official determines that unique or unusual circumstances exist that warrant additional time for such response, and the building official determines that the review is proceeding in a timely manner toward the final City decision; or

(d) Litigation against the City or applicant is in progress, the outcome of which may affect the validity or the provisions of any permit issued pursuant to such application. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-253 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.230 Validity of permit.

The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval of, any violation of any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of any other ordinance of the City of Sammamish. Permits presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or other ordinances of the City of Sammamish shall not be valid. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents and other data shall not prevent the building division from requiring the correction of errors in the construction documents and other data. The building official is also authorized to prevent occupancy or use of a structure wherein violation of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of any other ordinances of the City of Sammamish exist. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.235 Expiration of issued permits.

(1) Every building permit and its associated ancillary permits issued shall expire in two years from the date of issuance. Within two years of the issuance of the permit for an IRC structure, the outside must be complete including roofing, siding, windows, exterior doors and applicable site and right-of-way improvements. The two years to complete the IRC structure may not be extended.

(2) Signs, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and other ancillary permits shall expire at the same time as the associated building permit, except that if no associated building permit is issued, the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and/or other ancillary permit shall expire one year from the date of issuance.

(3) The building official may grant a 30-day extension of time for permits when only the final inspection is remaining and all other work has been approved.

(4) It is a violation of this chapter to allow a permit to expire without first obtaining an approved final inspection.

Exception 1: A new building permit issued for an IRC structure to complete the work covered by a previous, expired permit shall expire in:

(a) One year if the framing inspection was not approved on the previous permit; or

(b) Six months if the framing inspection was approved on the previous permit and the exterior of the structure is not completed per subsection (4)(c) of this section; or

(c) Two years if the outside of the structure is complete including roofing, siding, windows, exterior doors and applicable site and right-of-way improvements.

Exception 2: For permits resulting from work without a permit or other code enforcement action(s), the expiration date will be determined by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-253 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.237 Permit renewals.

An existing building permit may be renewed one time for a fee of one-half the original permit fee, provided the permit has not been expired for more than one year and the framing inspection has been approved. Permit renewals shall expire in:

(1) Six months if the exterior of the structure is not completed per subsection (2) of this section; or

(2) Two years if the outside of the structure is complete including roofing, siding, windows, exterior doors and applicable site and right-of-way improvements. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.240 Suspension or revocation.

The building official is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit issued under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC wherever the permit is issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, or in violation of any ordinance or regulation of the City of Sammamish or any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or if the permitted structure is being constructed in violation of the permit or in violation of any ordinance or regulation of the City of Sammamish or any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.245 Placement of permit.

The building permit or copy shall be kept on the site of the work until the completion of the project. For access to permit for inspections, see SMC 16.20.475. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.248 Floor and roof design loads.

(1) Live Loads Posted. Where the live load for which each floor or portion thereof of a commercial or industrial building is or has been designed exceeds 50 pounds per square foot (2.40 kN/m2), such design live load shall be conspicuously posted by the owner in that part of each story in which it applies, using durable signs. It shall be unlawful to remove or deface such notice signs.

(2) Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy. A certificate of occupancy required by SMC 16.20.490 shall not be issued until the floor load signs required by subsection (1) of this section have been installed.

(3) Restrictions on Loading. It shall be unlawful to place, cause or permit to be placed, on any floor or room of a building, structure or portion thereof, a load greater than is permitted by this code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.250 Construction documents – Submittal.

Construction documents, statements of special inspections, geotechnical reports, structural observation programs, and other data required to be submitted shall be submitted in one or more sets, as determined by the building official, with each application for a permit. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by the state of Washington. When special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional.

Exception: The building official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.255 Information on construction documents.

(1) General. Construction documents shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted when approved by the building official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed in the proper orientation and layout as it is to be constructed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, as determined by the building official. Construction documents shall not be altered once submitted except as required by notice of the City reviewer to achieve compliance with applicable codes.

(2) (a) Electrical. Electrical plans for the following installations shall be prepared by, or under the direction of, an electrical engineer registered under Chapter 18.43 RCW and Chapters 392-344, 246-320, and 388-97 WAC. All electrical plans must bear the engineer’s stamp and signature:

(i) All educational facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes;

(ii) All services or feeders rated 1,600 amperes or larger;

(iii) All installations identified in the National Electrical Code as requiring engineering supervision; and

(iv) As required by the building official for installations which by their nature are complex, hazardous, or pose unique design problems.

(b) Construction Documents. Construction documents shall identify the name and classification of the facility and clearly show the electrical installation or alteration in floor plan view, include all switchboard and panel board schedules, and, when a service or feeder is to be installed or altered, must include a riser diagram, load calculation, fault current calculation, and interrupting rating of equipment.

(c) Penetrations. Construction documents shall indicate where penetrations will be made for electrical systems and shall indicate the materials and methods for maintaining required structural safety, fire-resistance rating, and fire blocking.

(d) Load Calculations. Where an addition or alteration is made to an existing electrical system, an electrical load calculation shall be prepared to determine if the existing electrical service has the capacity to serve the added load.

(e) Site Plan. The construction documents submitted with the application for permit shall be accompanied by a site plan, showing to scale the size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site, distances from lot lines, the established street grades, and the proposed finished grades. The site plan shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot. The building official is permitted to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan, where the application for permit is for alteration or repair or where otherwise warranted.

(f) Plan Review Required. Electrical plan review is required for all new or altered electrical projects in the following occupancies and/or installations including but not limited to:

(i) Educational, institutional, or health care facilities/buildings as follows:

(A) Hospitals.

(B) Nursing home units or long-term care units.

(C) Boarding homes.

(D) Assisted living facilities.

(E) Private alcoholism hospitals.

(F) Alcoholism treatment facilities.

(G) Private psychiatric hospitals.

(H) Maternity homes.

(I) Ambulatory surgery facilities.

(J) Renal hemodialysis clinics.

(K) Residential treatment facilities for psychiatrically impaired children and youth.

(L) Adult residential rehabilitation centers.

(M) Educational facilities.

(N) Institutional facilities.

Exceptions: Electrical plan review is not required for the following types of installations in the above educational, institutional, or health care facilities buildings:

(A) Lighting-specific projects that result in an electrical load reduction on each feeder involved in the project.

(B) Low voltage systems.

(C) Modification to existing electrical installations when all of the following conditions are met:

(1) Service or distribution equipment involved is rated less than 100 amperes and does not exceed 250 volts;

(2) Does not involve emergency systems other than listed unit equipment per NEC 700.12(F);

(3) Does not involve branch circuits or feeders of an essential electrical system as defined in NEC 517.2; and

(4) Service and feeder load calculations are increased by five percent or less.

(D) Standalone utility fed services that do not exceed 250 volts, 100 amperes, where the project’s distribution system does not include:

(1) Emergency systems other than listed unit equipment per NEC 700.12(F);

(2) Critical branch circuits or feeders as defined in NEC 517.2; or

(3) A required fire pump system.

(ii) Installations in occupancies except one- and two-family dwellings where a service or feeder rated 100 amperes or greater is installed or altered or if more than 100 amperes is added to the service or feeder.

(iii) All work on electrical systems operating at/over 600 volts.

(iv) All commercial generator installations or alterations.

(v) All work in areas classified as hazardous locations by the NEC.

(vi) If 60 percent or more of luminaires change.

(vii) Installations of switches or circuit breakers rated 400 amperes or over except for one- and two-family dwellings.

(viii) Wind-driven generators.

(ix) Solar photovoltaic systems.

(x) Any proposed installation which cannot be adequately described in the application form. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.260 Fire protection system shop drawings.

Shop drawings for the fire protection system(s) shall be submitted to indicate conformance with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and the construction documents and shall be approved prior to the start of system installation. Shop drawings shall contain all information as required by the referenced installation standards in Chapter 9 IBC. Shop drawings shall be prepared by a certified individual as required by the state of Washington. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.265 Means of egress.

The construction documents shall show in sufficient detail the location, construction, size and character of all portions of the means of egress in compliance with the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. In other than one- and two- family dwellings and occupancies in Groups R-2 and R-3, the construction documents shall designate the number of occupants to be accommodated on every floor, and in all rooms and spaces. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.270 Exterior wall envelope.

Construction documents for all buildings shall describe the exterior wall envelope in sufficient detail to determine compliance with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. The construction documents shall provide details of the exterior wall envelope as required, including flashing, intersections with dissimilar materials, corners, end details, control joints, intersections at roof, eaves or parapets, means of drainage, water-resistive membrane and details around openings. The construction documents shall include manufacturer’s installation instructions that provide supporting documentation that the proposed penetration and opening details described in the construction documents maintain the weather resistance of the exterior wall envelope. The supporting documentation shall fully describe the exterior wall system which was tested, where applicable, as well as the test procedure used.

Exception: Subject to the approval of the building official, R-3 one- and two-family dwellings and U occupancies may be exempt from the detailing requirements of this section. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.273 Building enclosure design requirements of Chapter 64.55 RCW.

Building enclosure design documents of new or rehabilitated multifamily buildings that are subject to these regulations shall be submitted at the time of permit application. This section includes buildings containing more than two attached dwelling units and buildings containing nonresidential units if the building also contains more than two attached dwelling units. This section does not apply to hotels, motels, dormitories, care facilities, or floating homes or buildings that contain attached dwelling units that are each located on a single platted lot.

All applications for building construction or rehabilitation shall include design documents prepared and stamped by a Washington State licensed architect or engineer and shall identify the building enclosure (building enclosure documents) including, but not limited to, waterproofing, weatherproofing and/or other protection from water or moisture intrusion, unless a recorded, irrevocable sale prohibition covenant is submitted to and approved by the City.

The City will not issue a permit for construction or rehabilitative construction unless the building enclosure documents contain a stamped statement in substantially the following form:

The undersigned has provided building enclosure documents that in my professional judgment are appropriate to satisfy the requirements of RCW 64.55.005 through 64.55.090. I acknowledge: (a) that the city building department is not charged with determining whether the building enclosure design documents are adequate or appropriate to satisfy the requirements of RCW 64.55.005 through 64.55.090; and (b) that nothing in RCW 64.55.005 through 64.55.090 requires a building department to review, approve, or disapprove enclosure design documents.

(Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.275 Site plan.

The construction documents submitted with the application for permit shall be accompanied by a site plan showing to scale the size, location, orientation and layout of new construction and existing structures on the site including all roof overhangs, projections, cantilevers and building footprint, distances from lot lines, the established street grades and the proposed finished grades and average grades as required, calculations for building height, and, as applicable, flood hazard areas, floodways, and design flood elevations; and it shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. Site plans shall also be provided which show width, slope, distance, and surface requirements for emergency vehicle access roads and/or driveways and depict all lots which contain structures served by the access road. In the case of demolition, the site plan shall show construction to be demolished and the location and size of existing structures and construction that are to remain on the site or plot. The building official is authorized to waive or modify the requirement for a site plan when the application for permit is for alteration or repair or when otherwise warranted. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.280 Examination of documents.

The building official shall examine or cause to be examined the accompanying submittal documents and shall ascertain by such examinations whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and other pertinent laws or ordinances. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.285 Use of consultants.

Whenever review of a building permit application requires retention by the City of Sammamish for professional consulting services, the applicant shall reimburse the City of Sammamish the full cost of such professional consulting services. This fee shall be in addition to the normal plan review and building permit fees. The City of Sammamish may require the applicant to deposit an amount with the City of Sammamish estimated in the discretion of the building official to be sufficient to cover anticipated costs for retaining professional consultant services and to ensure reimbursement for such costs. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.290 Approval of construction documents.

When the permit center issues a permit, the construction documents shall be approved by the building division, in writing or by stamp. One set of construction documents so reviewed shall be retained by the City of Sammamish. The other set shall be returned to the applicant, shall be kept at the site of work and shall be open to inspection by the building official or a duly authorized representative. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.295 Phased approval.

The building official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of foundations or any other part of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure have been submitted; provided, that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with pertinent requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. The holder of such permit for the foundation or other parts of a building or structure shall proceed at the holder’s own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted. The permit center is authorized to require that a performance bond be posted with the City in an amount equal to 150 percent of the cost of demolition and removal of the work authorized under a phased approval. The bond shall be refundable upon issuance of a building permit for the complete building or structure and a request in writing for the refund. It shall be the duty of the applicant to request the refund. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.300 Design professional in responsible charge.

When it is required that documents be prepared by a qualified, registered design professional, the building official shall be authorized to require the owner to engage and designate on the building permit application a registered design professional who shall act as the registered design professional in responsible charge. If the circumstances require, the owner shall designate a substitute registered design professional in responsible charge who shall perform the duties required of the original registered design professional in responsible charge. The building official shall be notified in writing by the owner if the registered design professional in responsible charge is changed or is unable to continue to perform the duties. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building. Where structural observation is required by Chapter 17 of the IBC, the statement of special inspections shall name the individual or firms who are to perform structural observation and describe the stages of construction at which structural observation is to occur (see also duties specified in Section 1704 IBC). (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.305 Deferred submittals.

For the purposes of this section, “deferred submittals” are defined as those portions of the design that are not submitted at the time of the application and that are to be submitted to the permit center within a specified period. Deferral of any submittal items shall have the prior approval of the building division. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall list the deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the building division. Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge, who shall review them and forward them to the permit center with a notation indicating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and been found to be in general conformance to the design of the building. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until the design and submittal documents have been approved by the building division. The permit center is authorized to charge an additional plan review fee to evaluate deferred submittals under the provisions of this section. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.310 Amended construction documents.

Work shall be installed in accordance with the approved construction documents, and any changes made during construction that are not in compliance with the approved construction documents shall be submitted for approval as an amended set of construction documents along with an application for permit revision. Where changes to the approved plan alter the size, shape, height, location or orientation on the property, major components of the structural load path, or exiting requirements, a new permit application shall be submitted and applicable fee paid. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.315 Retention of construction documents.

One set of approved construction documents shall be retained by the City of Sammamish for a period of not less than 180 days from date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by state or local laws. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.320 Temporary structure – General.

(1) General. The building official is authorized to approve a permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.

Exception: The building official may authorize unheated tents and yurts under 500 square feet accommodating an R-1 occupancy for recreational use as a temporary structure and allow them to be used indefinitely.

(2) Electrical. If the building official finds that the safety of life and property will not be jeopardized, permits may be issued for temporary electrical installations for use during the construction of buildings or for carnivals, conventions, festivals, fairs, the holding of religious services, temporary lighting of streets, or other approved uses. Permission to use such temporary installations shall not be granted for a length of time greater than 90 days, except that a permit for a temporary installation to be used for constructing a building may be issued for the period of construction. Where such temporary lighting is over the street area, the proper authorization for such use of the street must first be obtained.

All such temporary installations shall be made in accordance with the requirements of this code; provided, that the building official may permit deviations which will not permit hazards to life or property; and further provided, that whenever such hazards are deemed by the building official to exist, the building official may at once rescind or cancel the permit covering such installation and disconnect, or order the disconnection of, all energy to such equipment. Additional permits may be required under the technical codes or other city codes and regulations, including the Land Division Code.

(3) Plumbing and Mechanical. The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary equipment, systems and uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The code official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.

(4) Utilities. The code official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply utilities before an installation has been fully completed and the final certificate of completion has been issued. The part covered by the temporary certificate shall comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat or power in the code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.325 Temporary structure – Conformance.

Temporary structures and uses shall conform to the structural strength, fire safety, means of egress, accessibility, light, ventilation and sanitary requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC as necessary to ensure the public health, safety and general welfare. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.330 Temporary structure – Termination of approval.

The building official is authorized to terminate such permit for a temporary structure or use issued under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC wherever the permit is issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, or in violation of any ordinance or regulation of the City of Sammamish or any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or if the permitted structure is being constructed in violation of the permit or in violation of any ordinance or regulation of the City of Sammamish or any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.335 Payment of fees.

A permit shall not be valid until the fees prescribed by law have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.340 Schedule of permit fees.

On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with this code and the fee schedule as established in the City of Sammamish fee resolution. In no case shall the building permit fee be less than the City’s hourly inspection fee multiplied by the number of inspections expected to be performed for work authorized by the permit. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.345 Plan review fees.

When submittal documents are required by SMC 16.20.250 through 16.20.310 and Chapter 16.05 SMC, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the submittal documents for plan review. The permit center may have the option to charge a deposit, in lieu of the full plan review fee, if the full amount is not known at the time. Any plan review deposit shall be applied toward the total plan review fee owed. The actual permit fees and related plan review fee shall be determined upon completion of the plan review and the balance owing shall be paid at the time of permit issuance. The plan review fee shall be a separate fee from the permit fees specified in this section and is in addition to the permit fees. When submittal documents are incomplete or changed so as to require additional plan review or when the project involves deferred submittal items as defined in SMC 16.20.250 through 16.20.310, an additional plan review fee shall be charged at the rate shown in the fee resolution established by the City of Sammamish. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.350 Building permit valuations.

The applicant for a permit shall provide an estimated building valuation at the time of application. The final determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be made by the permit center based on building valuation data published by a nationally recognized code organization, and may include a regional modifier from a nationally recognized organization. When a specific building type or occupancy is not noted in the valuation table, the permit center is authorized to use the classification type noted in the table that most closely resembles the proposed type of building or determine a valuation type independently. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2014-380 § 1; Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.353 Registered plan program.

An applicant who intends to apply for permits to build a number of single-family structures using the same plans may elect to participate in the “Registered Plan Program.” This program is intended to improve customer service by simplifying the application process and reducing plan review times. This program is also intended to encourage variations in building design to produce aesthetically pleasing, yet diversified, neighborhoods that add to the quality of Sammamish as a unique community.

Options are allowed to be submitted with the initial registering of the basic plan to accommodate a variation of building styles using the basic plan. When plans are submitted under the jurisdiction’s “Registered Plan Program,” a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of application for a registered plan.

The building official may have the option to charge a partial deposit, in lieu of the full plan review fee. All portions of fees paid as a deposit amount shall be applied to the total plan review fees owed. The applicant shall be required to pay the balance of amount owed for the plan review prior to final approval of the registered plan.

Valuations used to compute the permit fees shall include all options submitted with a registered plan. When a registered plan consists of a number of plan options that can produce any number of similar but different buildings, the building official may charge plan review fees based on each different building configuration.

Plan review fees shall be paid for at the time of application for a building permit. The building official may have the option to charge a partial deposit, in lieu of the full plan review fee. All portions of fees paid as a deposit amount shall be applied to the total plan review fees owed. The applicant shall be required to pay the balance of amount owed for the plan review. The plan review fees specified in this subsection are separate fees from the permit fees and are in addition to the permit fees.

Plan orientation: Building construction shall follow the direction, layout and orientation of the plan as approved. Applications to reverse or flip a plan shall only be allowed as an approved option to a registered plan where all drawing floor plans, site plans, sections, elevations and structural drawings reflect the layout of the building to be constructed.

Revisions: Once a plan and associated options are reviewed, approved and registered, changes or revisions to that plan are not permitted unless approved by the building official in accordance with the registered plan program.

Field revision: Once a permit is issued for a registered plan, no revisions will be permitted except for minor field changes. Changes other than minor field changes will be considered major changes and require the permit holder to resubmit those changes as a new submittal and pay the appropriate fee. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1)

16.20.355 Work commencing before permit issuance.

Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a stop work order and special investigation fee established by the City of Sammamish that shall be in addition to the required permit fees.

When it is determined that construction has taken place that required a permit and construction is at such a stage that structural conformance cannot be visually assured by the City of Sammamish building division, the following will be required:

(1) As determined necessary by the building official the owner shall hire a licensed registered design professional to submit a certified report as to the structural integrity of the structure erected, and the compliance of the structure with applicable construction codes and regulations along with the building permit application. This document (certification) must state any deficiencies and the acceptable (code) corrective action accompany the building permit application and include any deficiencies.

(2) As determined necessary by the building official the owner must secure building, electrical, fire, plumbing and/or mechanical permits as appropriate. Inspection of these items may require removal of construction materials in order to validate that the systems have been installed correctly.

(3) As determined necessary by the building official the owner must be able to substantiate and/or show proof if necessary that he/she is in compliance with all other local, state and federal laws pertaining to land use.

(4) As determined necessary by the building official a site inspection and life safety inspection must be performed prior to temporary occupancy or use of the building or structure prior to permit issuance and final inspection. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.360 Related fees.

The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition for work done in connection to or concurrently with the work authorized by a building permit shall not relieve the applicant or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are prescribed by law. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.365 Performance bonds.

Prior to the issuance of a demolition permit, the applicant or agent shall post a $500.00 cash deposit or surety bond to ensure cleanup of the site, which shall be refundable upon final inspection, approval and written request to the permit center from the permit holder.

Exception: Where the demolition permit is issued in conjunction with a building permit for a new structure to be placed in a similar location as building or structure to be demolished. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.370 Refunds.

The permit center may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. The permit center may authorize refunding of not more than 80 percent of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan review is done. No refund shall be made for application or plan review fees where a plan review has been performed and the application is rejected in accordance with SMC 16.20.220. The permit center shall not authorize refunding of any fee paid except on written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of application. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.375 Inspections – General.

Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building division and other agencies as designated on the inspection card. Such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of other ordinances of the City of Sammamish. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of other ordinances of the City of Sammamish shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of the person(s) who performs the work to make request for inspections and cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes. Neither the building division nor the City of Sammamish shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

Electrical systems and equipment regulated by the Sammamish Electrical Code shall not be connected to the energy source until authorized by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.380 Preliminary inspections.

Before issuing a permit, the building official is authorized to examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures and sites for which an application has been filed. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.385 Manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Manufacturer’s installation instructions, as required by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.390 Required inspections.

The building division, upon notification, shall make the inspections set forth in SMC 16.20.395 through 16.20.465. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.393 Temporary erosion and sediment control inspection.

Temporary erosion and sediment control inspections shall be made after all required silt fencing, construction fencing, straw bales, storm drain catch basin inserts (socks), entrance rocking, and other required elements are in place and prior to commencement of construction and/or clearing the site. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1)

16.20.395 Footing and foundation inspection.

Footing and foundation inspections shall be made after poles or piers are set, trenches or basement areas are excavated, or excavations for footings are complete, any forms erected, and all required hold-down anchor bolts, hold-down straps, and any required reinforcing steel are in place and supported. The foundation inspection shall include excavations for thickened slabs intended for the support of bearing walls, partitions, structural supports, or equipment. Foundation inspections shall also include special requirements for wood foundations, and for any setbacks required from property lines; building setback lines; critical area buffers; and/or the ordinary high water mark on lake properties. For concrete foundations, any required forms shall be in place prior to inspection. Materials for the foundation shall be on the job, except where concrete is ready-mixed in accordance with ASTM C 94 the concrete need not be on the job. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.400 Concrete slab and under-floor inspection.

Concrete slab and under-floor inspections shall be made after in-slab or under-floor reinforcing steel and building service equipment, conduit, slab insulation, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items are in place, but before any concrete is placed or floor sheathing installed, including the subfloor. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.405 Lowest floor elevation certification.

In flood hazard areas, upon placement of the lowest floor, including the basement, and prior to further vertical construction, the elevation certification required in IBC Section 1612.5 or IRC Section R324 shall be submitted to the building division. FEMA flood elevation certificates shall contain an original stamp and signature of the surveyor, licensed by the state of Washington, and shall document the elevation of the lowest floor, including basement, and other information required by the flood elevation certificate. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.410 Exterior wall sheathing inspection.

Exterior wall sheathing shall be inspected after all wall framing is complete and strapping and nailing are properly installed but prior to being covered. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.415 Roof sheathing inspection.

The roof sheathing shall be inspected after all roof framing is complete. No roof coverings shall be installed until inspections are made and approved, and confirmation that the height of the structure is in conformance with the requirements of the development code, SMC Title 21A, and/or shoreline master program. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.420 IMC/IPC/Gas/NEC/IFC rough in inspection.

Rough in mechanical, gas piping, plumbing, and fire suppression systems shall be inspected when the rough in work is complete and, if required, under test. No connections to primary utilities shall be made until the rough in work is inspected and approved. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.423 Electrical rough in inspection.

Rough in inspection shall be made after the roof, framing, fireblocking and bracing are in place and all wiring and other components to be concealed are complete and prior to covering or concealment, but before fixtures, equipment or appliances are set or installed, and prior to framing inspection. All required equipment grounding conductors installed in concealed cable or flexible conduit systems must be completely installed and made up at the time of the rough in cover inspection. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.425 Frame inspection.

Framing inspections shall be made after the roof deck or sheathing, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and pipes, chimneys and vents to be concealed are complete and the rough electrical, plumbing, fire suppression piping, heating wires, pipes and ducts are approved. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.430 Flashing and exterior weather barrier inspection.

Flashing and exterior weather barrier inspections shall be made after flashing and weather barrier materials have been installed, but prior to any of the work being covered. Subject to approval of the building official, an approved special inspection agency may be utilized for these inspections during the course of construction. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.435 Lath inspection and gypsum board inspection.

Lath and gypsum board inspections shall be made after lathing and gypsum board, interior and exterior, are in place, but before any plastering is applied or gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.

Subject to approval of the building official, an approved special inspection agency may be utilized for these inspections during the course of construction.

Exception: Gypsum board that is not part of a fire resistance rated assembly or a shear assembly does not require inspection. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.440 Fire-resistant penetrations.

Protection of joints and penetrations in fire resistance rated assemblies shall not be concealed from view until inspected and approved. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.445 Energy efficiency inspection.

(1) Envelope.

(a) Wall Insulation Inspection. To be made after exterior wall weather protection and all wall insulation and air vapor retarder, sheet or film materials are in place, but before any wall covering is placed.

(b) Glazing Inspection. To be made after glazing materials are installed in the building.

(c) Exterior Roofing and Vaulted Ceiling Insulation Inspection. To be made after the installation of the roofing and roof insulation, but before concealment.

(d) Slab/Floor Insulation Inspection. To be made after the installation of the slab/floor insulation, but before concealment.

(e) Attic Insulation Inspection. To be made after the installation of the attic insulation and prior to final inspection approval.

(2) Mechanical.

(a) Mechanical Equipment Efficiency and Economizer Inspection. To be made after all equipment and controls required by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC are installed and prior to the concealment of such equipment or controls.

(b) Mechanical Pipe and Duct Insulation Inspection. To be made after all pipe, fire suppression piping and duct insulation is in place, but before concealment.

(3) Lighting and Motors.

(a) Lighting Equipment and Controls Inspection. To be made after the installation of all lighting equipment and controls required by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, but before concealment of the lighting equipment.

(b) Motor Inspections. To be made after installation of all equipment covered by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, but before concealment. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.450 Reinspection.

The building official may require a structure or portions of work to be reinspected. A reinspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or reinspection when such portion of work for which the inspection was requested is not complete; or when previous corrections called for are not made; or when there are reoccurring missed items that have previously been identified to the same builder on multiple lots; or when the approved plans and permit are not on site in a conspicuous or pre-approved location; or when the building is not accessible. In instances where reinspection fees have been assessed, no additional inspection of the work shall be provided by the City until the required fees are paid. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.455 Other inspections.

In addition to the inspections specified above, the building official is authorized to make or require other inspections of any construction work to ascertain compliance with the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and other laws that are enforced by the building department. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.460 Special inspections.

In addition to the inspections specified above, the building official is authorized to make or require special inspections for any type of work related to the technical codes by an approved agency at no cost to the City of Sammamish.

(1) In accordance with the building enclosure special inspection requirements of Chapter 64.55 RCW, the owner(s) of affected multiunit residential buildings shall provide the City with a building enclosure inspection report prepared by a third-party, independent, and qualified inspector during the course of initial construction and during rehabilitative construction. Note: The City does not verify the qualifications of the inspector or determine whether the building enclosure inspection is adequate or appropriate. The City is prohibited from issuing a certificate of occupancy for the building until the inspector submits the report to the building department and a signed letter certifying that the building enclosure has been inspected during the course of construction or rehabilitative construction and that the construction is in substantial compliance with the building enclosure design documents.

See SMC 16.20.273, Building enclosure design requirements of Chapter 64.55 RCW, for additional requirements. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.465 Final inspection.

The final inspection shall be made after all work required by the building permit is completed. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.470 Inspection agencies.

The building official is authorized to accept reports of approved inspection agencies, provided such agencies satisfy the requirements as to qualifications and reliability. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.475 Inspection requests.

It shall be the duty of the holder of the building permit or their duly authorized agent to notify the City of Sammamish when work is ready for inspection. It shall be the duty of the permit holder to provide access to and means for inspections of such work that are required by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.480 Approval required.

Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the building division. The building division, upon notification, shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or notify the permit holder or his or her agent wherein the same fails to comply with this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the building division. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.483 Traffic management systems.

(1) The City building official will perform the electrical inspection and acceptance of traffic management systems within its jurisdiction. A traffic management system includes:

(a) Traffic illumination systems;

(b) Traffic signal systems;

(c) Traffic monitoring systems;

(d) The electrical service cabinet and all related components and equipment installed on the load side of the service cabinet supplying electrical power to the traffic management system; and

(e) Signalization system(s) necessary for the operation of a light rail system. A traffic management system can provide signalization for controlling vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, or rolling stock.

(2) The City recognizes that traffic signal conductors, pole and bracket cables, signal displays, traffic signal controllers/cabinets, and associated components used in traffic management systems are acceptable for the purpose of meeting the requirements of Chapter 19.28 RCW, provided they conform with the following standards or are listed on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) qualified products list:

(a) WSDOT/APWA Standard Specifications and Plans;

(b) WSDOT Design Manual;

(c) International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA);

(d) National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA);

(e) Federal Standards 170/Controller Cabinets;

(f) Manual for Uniform Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction;

(g) Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); or

(h) Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

(3) Associated induction detection loop or similar circuits will be accepted by the City without inspection.

(4) For the licensing requirements of Chapter 19.28 RCW, jurisdictions will be considered owners of traffic management systems when doing electrical work for another jurisdiction(s) under a valid interlocal agreement, as permitted by Chapter 39.34 RCW. Interlocal agreements for traffic management systems must be filed with the city prior to work being performed for this provision to apply.

(5) Jurisdictions with an established electrical inspection authority and WSDOT may perform electrical inspection on their rights-of-way for each other by interlocal agreement. They may not perform electrical inspection on other rights-of-way except as allowed in Chapter 19.28 or 39.34 RCW.

(6) Underground Installations.

(a) In other than open trenching, raceways will be considered “fished” according to the NEC and do not require visual inspection.

(b) The City will conduct inspections in open trenching within its jurisdiction upon request.

(7) Identification of Traffic Management System Components. Local government jurisdictions or WSDOT may act as the certifying authority for the safety evaluation of all components.

(a) An electrical service cabinet must contain only listed components. The electrical service cabinet enclosure is not required to be listed but will conform to the standards in subsection (8) of this section.

(b) The local government jurisdiction must identify, as acceptable, the controller cabinet or system component(s) with an identification plate. The identification plate must be located inside the cabinet and may be attached with adhesive.

(8) Conductors of Different Circuits in Same Cable, Enclosure, or Raceway. All traffic management system circuits will be permitted to occupy the same cable, enclosure, or raceway without regard to voltage characteristics, provided all conductors are insulated for the maximum voltage of any conductor in the cable, enclosure, or raceway. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A))

16.20.485 Certificate of occupancy – Use and occupancy.

No building or structure shall be used or occupied and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the City has issued a certificate of occupancy therefor as provided herein.

Exceptions:

(1) Residential accessory buildings or structures.

(2) Work exempt from permits per SMC 16.20.200.

Structures approved under the provisions of the International Residential Code may be issued a certificate of occupancy in the form of a signed-off permit inspection card.

Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of other ordinances of the City of Sammamish. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.490 Certificate of occupancy issued.

After the building division inspects the building or structure and finds no violations of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or other laws that are enforced by the department of building safety, the City of Sammamish shall issue a certificate of occupancy.

Structures approved under the International Residential Code may be issued a certificate of occupancy in the form of a “final inspection” approval signature on the permit inspection card.

For all other structures requiring a certificate of occupancy, the certificate of occupancy shall contain the following information:

(1) The building permit number.

(2) The address of the structure.

(3) The name and address of the owner.

(4) A description of that portion of the structure for which the certificate is issued.

(5) A statement that the described portion of the structure has been inspected for compliance with the requirements of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC for the occupancy and division of occupancy and the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.

(6) The name of the building official.

(7) The edition of the code under which the permit was issued.

(8) The use and occupancy, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 of the International Building Code or International Residential Code as applicable.

(9) The type of construction as defined in Chapter 6 of the International Building Code or International Residential Code as applicable.

(10) The design occupant load.

(11) If an automatic sprinkler system is provided, and whether the sprinkler system is required.

(12) Any special stipulations and conditions of the building permit. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.495 Temporary or phased occupancy.

The building official is authorized to issue a temporary or phased certificate of occupancy before the completion of the entire work covered by the permit; provided, that such portion or portions shall be occupied safely. The building official is authorized to require, in addition to the completion of life safety building components, completion of any or all accessibility components prior to issuance of a temporary or phased certificate of occupancy. The building official shall set a time period during which the temporary or phased certificate of occupancy is valid. The building official is authorized to require that a performance bond be posted with the City in an amount equal to 150 percent of the incomplete work as determined by the design professional. The bond shall be refundable upon inspection, final approval and a request in writing for the refund. It shall be the duty of the applicant to request the refund. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.500 Revocation of certificate of occupancy.

The building official is authorized to, in writing, suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy or completion issued under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC wherever the certificate is issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect information provided by the owner or owner’s representatives, or where it is determined that the building or structure or portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance or regulation or any of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.505 Connection of service utilities.

No person shall make connections from a utility, source of energy, fuel or power to any building or system that is regulated by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC for which a permit is required, until released by the building official. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.510 Temporary connection of service utilities.

The building official shall have the authority to authorize the temporary connection of the building or system to the utility source of energy, fuel or power. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.515 Authority to disconnect service utilities.

The building official shall have the authority to authorize disconnection of utility service to the building, structure or system regulated by this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC and the codes referenced in case of emergency where necessary to eliminate an immediate hazard to life or property, or when such utility connection has been made without the required approval. The building official shall notify the serving utility, and wherever possible the owner and occupant of the building, structure or service system, of the decision to disconnect prior to taking such action. If not notified prior to disconnecting, the owner or occupant of the building, structure or service system shall be notified in writing, as soon as practical thereafter. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.520 Appeals – General.

(1) Appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretations of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC shall be heard and decided by the hearing examiner following an open record hearing. Following review of the evidence, the examiner shall issue final decisions, including findings and conclusions, based on the issues and evidence in the record.

(2) The hearing examiner’s final decision shall be the final decision of the City council on the appeal and shall be conclusive unless proceedings for review of the decision are properly commenced in superior court within the time period specified by state law. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.525 Appeals – Limitations on authority.

An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC do not fully apply or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. The hearing examiner shall have no authority relative to interpretation of the administrative provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, nor shall the hearing examiner be empowered to waive requirements of either this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or the technical codes which are the codes, appendices and referenced code standards adopted by the City of Sammamish. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.530 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, move, remove, demolish or occupy any building, structure or equipment regulated by this code, and Chapters 16.05 and 16.25 SMC, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code, and Chapters 16.05 and 16.25 SMC. Unlawful acts shall be considered a “civil code violation” as defined in SMC 23.150.010. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.535 Notice of violation.

The building official is authorized to serve a notice of violation or order on the person responsible for the erection, construction, alteration, extension, repair, moving, removal, demolition or occupancy of a building or structure in violation of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, or in violation of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or condition and the abatement of the violation. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.540 Prosecution of violation.

If the notice of violation is not complied with in the time prescribed by such notice, the building official is authorized to request the legal counsel of the City of Sammamish to institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to restrain, correct or abate such violation, or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the building or structure in violation of the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or of the order or direction made pursuant thereto. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.545 Violation – Penalties.

Any person who violates a provision of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erects, constructs, alters or repairs a building or structure in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the building official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed in SMC Title 23, code enforcement. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.550 Stop work order – Authority.

Whenever the building official finds any work being performed in a manner either contrary to the provisions of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC or other pertinent laws or ordinances implemented through the enforcement of this code and Chapter 16.05 SMC, the building official is authorized to issue a stop work order. Issuance of a notice of violation, infraction or notice and order is not a condition precedent to the issuance of the stop work order. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.555 Stop work order – Issuance.

The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work. Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work shall immediately cease. The stop work order shall state the reason for the order, and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume. Service of the stop work order shall be in accordance with Chapter 23.90 SMC. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.560 Stop work order – Effect.

(1) The building official is authorized to assess a special investigation fee for the issuance of a stop work order when work has started without the issuance of a permit.

(2) A stop work order represents a determination that a civil code violation has occurred and that any work or activity that is causing or contributing to the violation on the property where the violation has occurred or is occurring must cease.

(3) A stop work order requires the immediate cessation of the specified work or activity on the named property. Work or activity may not resume unless specifically authorized by the building official or designee.

(4) A stop work order may be appealed to the City of Sammamish hearing examiner according to the procedures prescribed by Chapter 23.110 SMC.

(5) Failure to appeal the stop work order within the applicable time limits renders the stop work order a final determination that the civil code violation occurred and that work was properly ordered to cease.

(6) Failure to comply with the terms of a stop work order subjects the person responsible for code compliance to civil penalties and costs. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.565 Stop work order – Remedy – Civil penalties.

Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

(1) In addition to any other judicial or administrative remedy, the building official or designee may assess civil penalties for the violation of any stop work order as set forth in the civil penalty schedule contained in Chapter 23.100 SMC.

(2) Civil penalties for the violation of any stop work order shall begin to accrue on the first day the stop work order is violated and shall cease on the day the work is actually stopped.

(3) Violation of a stop work order shall be a separate violation from any other civil code violation. Civil penalties assessed create a joint and several personal obligation in all persons responsible for code violation. The City of Sammamish may collect the civil penalties assessed by any appropriate legal means.

(4) In addition to all other remedies, a lien for the value of the civil penalties imposed may be filed against the real property that is subject to compliance with the City of Sammamish building code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)

16.20.570 Unsafe structures and equipment.

Structures or existing equipment that are or hereafter become unsafe, unsanitary or deficient because of inadequate means of egress facilities, inadequate light and ventilation, or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or the public welfare, or that involve illegal or improper occupancy or inadequate maintenance, shall be deemed an unsafe condition. A vacant structure that is not secured against entry or that has been abandoned for more than one year, or the applicant or owner fails to request the appropriate inspections, shall be deemed unsafe.

Where a structure has been deemed unsafe, the building official or designee shall first issue a notice of violation as prescribed in SMC 16.20.535. The notice of violation shall include a statement requiring the unsafe structure or equipment be taken down and removed or made safe, as the building official deems necessary and as provided for in Chapter 16.25 SMC, Sammamish Building and Property Maintenance Code. (Ord. O2017-440 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2016-409 § 1 (Att. B); Ord. O2013-345 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2010-283 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2007-214 § 1; Ord. O2004-148 § 3)