Chapter 17C.10
ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CODES Revised 12/18

Sections:

17C.10.010    Adoption of Washington State Building Codes by Reference.

17C.10.020    Implementation.

17C.10.030    Creation of Enforcement Agency.

17C.10.040    Conflicts Between Codes.

17C.10.050    Violations and Penalties.

17C.10.060    Appeals.

17C.10.070    Fees. Revised 12/18

17C.10.080    Investigation Fee.

17C.10.090    Reinspection Fee.

17C.10.110    Application Expiration.

17C.10.120    Conditions of Approval.

17C.10.130    Permit Expiration.

17C.10.140    Fully Completed Building Permit Application.

17C.10.145    Access to Public or Private Road.

17C.10.150    Severability.

17C.10.010 Adoption of Washington State Building Codes by Reference.

The following Codes are hereby adopted:

A.    International Building Code, published by the International Code Council, including Appendix C, Appendix E, Appendix G, Appendix H, and Appendix I (as adopted by PCC 17C.20.010);

B.    The International Residential Code, published by the International Code Council, including Appendix Chapters E, G, H, J, and K (as adopted by PCC 17C.30.010);

C.    The International Existing Building Code published by the International Code Council (as adopted by Chapter 17C.35 PCC);

D.    International Mechanical Code published by the International Conference of Building Officials International Code Council (as adopted by Chapter 17C.40 PCC);

E.    The Uniform Plumbing Code, including Appendix Chapters A, B, D, E, I, and L, published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials; provided, that Chapters 12 and 15 of such Code are not adopted (as adopted by Chapter 17C.50 PCC);

F.    The International Fire Code (as adopted by Chapter 17C.60 PCC), published by the International Code Council; provided that, notwithstanding any wording in this Code, participants in religious ceremonies shall not be precluded from carrying hand-held candles;

G.    The Washington State Energy Code as adopted by the State Building Code Council (as adopted by Chapter 17C.70 PCC);

H.    The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code published by the International Code Council (as adopted by Chapter 17C.75 PCC); and

I.    The International Property Maintenance Code, published by the International Code Council (as adopted by Chapter 17C.80 PCC).

The above Codes shall govern all buildings, structures and related equipment within unincorporated Pierce County.

(Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2010-4s § 1 (part), 2010; Ord. 2007-55s § 1 (part), 2007; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.020 Implementation.

Pursuant to RCW 19.27.074, the State Building Code Council reviews and amends the Codes enumerated in PCC 17C.10.010, as appropriate. The updated editions of the Codes identified in PCC 17C.10.010 shall be incorporated by reference into the Pierce County Code on the effective date of their adoption and amendment by the State Building Code Council. The amendments contained in this Title shall govern over the published provisions of these Codes. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.030 Creation of Enforcement Agency.

The Division of Building Safety and Inspection is hereby created and the official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Official. The provisions of the Codes listed in Section 17C.10.010 shall be administered by the Building Official.

EXCEPTION: The provisions of the International Fire Code shall be administered by the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau, and the official in charge thereof shall be the Pierce County Fire Marshal.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.040 Conflicts Between Codes.

In case of conflict among the Codes enumerated in PCC 17C.10.010, the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, the International Mechanical Code, International Fire Code, the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Plumbing Code Standards, the International Existing Building Code, and International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, the first named Code shall govern over those following. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.050 Violations and Penalties.

A.    Unlawful Acts. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, extend, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building, structure, or equipment, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of the codes named in PCC 17C.10.010. It shall also be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to fail to comply with a written order issued by the Building Official or Fire Marshal.

B.    Notice of Violation. The Building Official and Fire Marshal are authorized to serve a notice of violation or order on the person responsible for the erection, construction, enlargement, alteration, extension, repair, movement, improvement, removal, conversion, demolition, use, maintenance, or occupancy of a building, structure, or equipment in violation of the provisions of any of the codes named in PCC 17C.10.010, or in violation of a detail statement or a plan approved there under, or in violation of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of the Pierce County Code. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or condition and the abatement of the violation.

C.    Public Nuisance. Buildings, structures, or equipment that have been erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, extended, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, demolished, used, occupied, or maintained in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code are hereby declared to be public nuisances. The Building Official and Fire Marshal are authorized to serve a notice or order upon any person who owns, maintains, or occupies any property where any building, structure or equipment has been erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, extended, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, demolished, used, occupied, or maintained in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this Code. Such order shall direct that the building, structure and/or equipment to be permitted or abated shall state the date by which such action must be completed.

D.    Penalties.

1.    Misdemeanor. It shall be a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building or structure or equipment or cause or permit the same to be done in violation of the codes named in PCC 17C.10.010. It shall also be a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation to fail to comply with a lawfully issued written order of the Building Official or Fire Marshal. A misdemeanor under this Code shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. The imposition of a penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or allow it to continue.

Each person, firm or corporation found guilty of a misdemeanor shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each day during any portion of which any violation of any provision of this Code is committed, continued or permitted by such person, firm or corporation and shall be punishable as provided in this Section.

2.    Civil Infraction. Failure to comply with any permit or decision issued pursuant to the Construction and Infrastructure Regulations in Title 17C PCC constitutes a Class 1 civil infraction as defined in Chapter 1.16 PCC.

It shall be a separate offense for any person not authorized by the Building Official or Fire Marshal to remove, mutilate, destroy, or conceal any notice issued or posted by the Building Official or Fire Marshal, or his or her representative, pursuant to the provisions of this Code.

3.    Title Notification. In addition to any other sanction or remedial procedure which may be available in any of the codes named in PCC 17C.10.010, the Building Official may record a Certificate of Noncompliance on the parcel upon which the violation is located. Once the violation has been remedied, the Building Official shall record a Certificate of Compliance. The property owner shall pay the cost of recording the Certificates of Noncompliance and Compliance prior to recording of the Certificate of Compliance.

Prior to recording a Certificate of Noncompliance, the Building Official shall provide written notice of intent to record to the property owner. Notice shall be delivered either personally or by mailing a copy of such notice by certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested to the address of the owner as shown on the Assessor's tax record.

The property owner may appeal the notice of intent to record a Certificate of Noncompliance to the Building Official. The appeal must be filed within 14 days of the date of written notice of intent to record.

4.    Civil Penalty. The provisions of this subsection are in addition to and not in lieu of any other penalty, sanction, or right of action provided by law. Any person who fails to obtain a necessary permit prior to conducting activities governed by the provisions of this Title and/or any person who fails to comply with a written order issued by the Building Official or Fire Marshal may be assessed a civil penalty as follows:

a.    The Building Official or Fire Marshal may assess the violator a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.00 for each violation. Each violation or each day of continued unlawful activity shall constitute a separate violation.

b.    Any person who, through an act of commission or omission, aids in a violation shall be considered to have committed the violation for purposes of the civil penalty.

c.    The Building Official or Fire Marshal shall impose the penalty provided for in this Section by sending written notice, either by certified mail with return receipt requested or by personal service, to the person incurring the penalty. Such written notice shall describe the violation with reasonable particularity and shall order appropriate corrective action(s) to be taken within a specified time period.

d.    Within 14 days after the notice of penalty is received, the person incurring the penalty may apply in writing to the Building Official or Fire Marshal for remission or mitigation of such penalty. Upon receipt of the application, the Building Official or Fire Marshal may remit or mitigate the penalty upon whatever terms are deemed proper to bring about compliance with the applicable regulations.

e.    Any decision(s) regarding remission or mitigation of penalties imposed pursuant to this subsection may be appealed to the Pierce County Hearing Examiner under Chapter 1.22 PCC, as an appeal of an administrative official's decision.

f.    If the penalty is not appealed, the violator will have up to 30 days after receipt of notice for payment of the penalty, unless a written request is made to the Building Official or Fire Marshal, who may then grant a longer time period for payment.

g.    All civil penalties recovered pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into a fund of the division taking the enforcement action. Any monies collected shall be deposited into an account to be used for the purpose of abatement.

(Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2010-44s § 1 (part), 2010; Ord. 2007-55s § 1 (part), 2007; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.060 Appeals.

A.    The written decision of the Building Official or Fire Marshal may be appealed under Chapter 1.22 PCC as an appeal of an administrative decision or order.

B.    Hearing Examiner Appeals.

1.    Authority. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this Code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this Code do not fully apply, or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed.

The Hearing Examiner may approve alternate materials and methods of construction, provided they find that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the provisions of the code section being considered. The Hearing Examiner must also find the material or method of work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in that code in suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation.

2.    Fees.

a.    An Administrative Determination by the Building Official or the Fire Marshal can be appealed for a fee of $3,360.00 that is required at time of application.

b.    When the Administrative Determination is directly related to a County enforcement action, a fee of $250.00 is required at the time of application.

c.    Appeal application fees shall be fully refundable to any appellant who successfully appeals a decision of the Building Official or Fire Marshal to the Hearing Examiner.

(Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2010-44s § 1 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.070 Fees. Revised 12/18

The fee for each permit shall be as set forth in Tables 17C.10-1-A through 1-G:

A.    The determination of value or valuation under any of the provisions of the Codes shall be made by the Building Official. The value used in computing the building permit and building plan review fee shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued, as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire-extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment. The Building Official shall be guided by the "Building Valuation Data" table compiled by the International Code Council and published in the Building Safety Journal or other national standard in establishing a permit valuation minimum.

EXCEPTION: The determination of value or valuation under the International Fire Code, published by the International Code Council, as adopted by Chapter 17C.60 PCC, shall be made by the Fire Marshal.

Table 17C.10-1-A. Building Permit Fees

Total Valuation

Fees for Other Than One and Two-Family, Group R, Division 3 and Private Garage and Agricultural Group U, Division 1 and 3 Occupancies.

$1 to $25,000

$69.00 for the first $2,000 plus $12.21 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.

$25,001 to $50,000

$349.75 for the first $25,000 plus $9.00 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.

$50,001 to $100,000

$574.75 for the first $50,000 plus $6.25 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.

$100,001 to $500,000

$887.75 for the first $100,000 plus $5.00 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.

$500,001 and up

$2,887.75 for the first $500,000 plus $4.25 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.

Table 17C.10-1-B. Building Permit Fees

Total Valuation

Fees for One and Two-Family, Group R, Division 3 and Private Garage and Agricultural Group U, Division 1 and 3 Occupancies.

$1 to $2,000

$69.00 for the first $500 plus $2.00 for each additional $100 or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.

$2,001 to $50,000

$99.00 for the first $2,000 plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.

$50,001 to $100,000

$315.00 for the first $50,000 plus $6.50 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.

$100,001 to $150,000

$640.00 for the first $100,000 plus $8.50 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $150,000.

$150,001 and up

$1,065.00 for the first $150,000 plus $6.00 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof.

Table 17C.10-1-C. Plan Review Fees

Description

Plan Review Fee

For all occupancies.

65 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Tables 17C.10-1-A., 17C.10-1-B., 17C.10-1-D., and 17C.10-1-E.

For all occupancies other than Group R, Division 3 and Group U occupancies when the project involves deferred submittal items as defined in Section 106.3.4.2.

100 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Table 17C.10-1-A.

For all occupancies other than Group R, Division 3 and Group U occupancies, when submittal documents submitted in phases to accommodate a (fast track or expedited) design build process.

150 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Table 17C.10-1-A.

To create a Base Plan (1) for Group R, Division 3 and Group U occupancies.

100 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Table 17C.10-1-B.

The plan review fee for a Base Plan Permit (2).

30 percent of the building permit fee as shown in Tables 17C.10-1-A. and 17C.10-1 B.

Plan Review Fees for Fire Prevention Bureau

For Group R, Division 3 and Group U occupancies

3 percent of the building permit fee in Table 17C.10-1-B.

For all occupancies other than Group R, Division 3 and Group U

20 percent of the building permit fee in Table 17C.10-1-A.

(1)    A Base Plan is a set of drawings and documents for a Group R, Division 3, One and Two-Family Dwelling, Group U, Private Garage and Agricultural Buildings. They are reviewed and approved to be built more than once in Pierce County.

(2)    Base Plan Permits are building permits obtained using a base plan.

Table 17C.10-1-D. Plumbing Permit Fees

1.

For issuing each permit.

$50.00

2.

For issuing each supplemental permit.

$25.00

Unit Fee Schedule (in addition to items 1 and 2 above)

1.

For each plumbing fixture on one trap or a set of fixtures on one trap (including water, drainage piping and backflow protection therefor).

$7.00

2.

For each building sewer and each connection to a manufactured home in a trailer park sewer system.

$15.00

3.

Rainwater systems-per drain (inside building).

$7.00

4.

For each cesspool (where permitted).

$25.00

5.

For each private sewage disposal system.

$40.00

6.

For each water heater and/or vent.

$7.00

7.

For each industrial waste pretreatment interceptor including its trap and vent, except kitchen-type grease interceptors functioning as fixture traps.

$7.00

8.

For each installation, alteration or repair of water piping and/or water treating equipment, each.

$7.00

9.

For each repair or alteration of drainage or vent piping, each fixture.

$7.00

10.

For each lawn sprinkler system on any one meter including backflow protection devices therefor.

$7.00

11.

For atmospheric-type vacuum breakers not included in item 12:

1 to 5

$5.00

Over 5, each

$1.00

12.

For each backflow protective device other than atmospheric type vacuum breakers:

2 inch (21 mm) diameter and smaller

$7.00

over 2 inch (51 mm diameter)

$15.00

13.

For each:

Graywater system

$200.00

Nonpotable Reuse Water System

Rainwater Harvesting System

14.

For initial installation and testing for a reclaimed water system.

$200.00

15.

For each annual cross-connection testing of a reclaimed water system (excluding initial test).

$200.00

16.

For each medical gas piping system serving one to five inlet(s)/outlet(s).

$50.00

17.

For each additional medical gas inlet(s)/outlet(s).

$5.00

18.

For the complete water distribution and drain waste and vent system installed concurrently with the initial construction of a single-family dwelling, and each unit in a duplex.

$105.00

Table 17C.10-1-E. Mechanical Permit Fees

Permit Issuance

1.

For the issuance of each permit.

$50.00

2.

For issuing each supplemental permit.

$25.00

Unit Fee Schedule

1.

For the installation or relocation of each forced-air or gravity-type furnace or burner, including ducts and vents attached to such appliance up to and including 100,000 Btu/h.

$14.80

2.

For the installation or relocation of each forced air or gravity-type furnace or burner, including ducts and vents attached to each appliance over 100,000 Btu/h.

$18.20

3.

For the installation or relocation of each floor furnace, including vent.

$14.80

4.

For the installation or relocation of each suspended heater, recessed wall heater or floor-mounted unit heater.

$14.80

5.

For the installation, relocation or replacement of each appliance vent installed and not included in an appliance permit.

$ 7.25

6.

For the repair of, alteration of, or addition to each heating appliance, refrigeration cooling unit, absorption unit, or evaporative cooling system, including installation of controls regulated by this Code.

$13.70

7.

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or compressor to and including three horsepower, or each absorption system including 100,000 Btu/h.

$14.70

8.

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or compressor over three horsepower to and including 15 horsepower, or each absorption system over 100,000 Btu/h.

$27.15

9.

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or compressor over 15 horsepower to and including 30 horsepower, or each absorption system over 500,000 Btu/h to and including 1,750,000 Btu/h.

$37.25

10.

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or compressor over 30 horsepower to and including 50 horsepower, or for each absorption system over 1,000,000 Btu/h to and including 1,750,000 Btu/h.

$55.45

11.

For the installation or relocation of each boiler or refrigeration compressor over 50 horsepower, or each absorption system over 1,750,000 Btu/h.

$92.65

12.

For each air-handling unit to and including 10,000 cubic feet per minute, including ducts attached thereto.

$10.65

Note: This fee shall not apply to an air-handling unit which is a portion of a factory-assembled appliance, cooling unit, evaporative cooler or absorption unit for which a permit is required elsewhere in this Code.

13.

For each air-handling unit over 10,000 cfm.

$18.10

14.

For each evaporative cooler other than portable type.

$10.65

15.

For each ventilation fan connected to a single duct.

$7.25

16.

For each ventilation system which is not a portion of any heating or air-conditioning system authorized by a permit.

$10.65

17.

For the installation of each hood which is served by mechanical exhaust, including the ducts for such hood.

$10.65

18.

For the installation or relocation of each domestic-type incinerator.

$18.20

19.

For the installation or relocation of each commercial or industrial-type incinerator.

$14.50

20.

For each appliance or piece of equipment regulated by this code but not classed in other appliance categories, or for which no other fee is listed in this Code.

$10.65

21.

When Appendix B, Chapter 13 is applicable (see Section 103), permit fees for fuel-gas piping shall be as follows:

For each gas-piping system of one to four outlets

$ 5.00

For each gas-piping system of five or more outlets, per outlet

$ 1.50

22.

When Appendix B, Chapter 14 is applicable (see Section 103), permit fees for process piping shall be as follows:

For each hazardous process piping system (HPP) of one to four outlets

$ 8.05

For each piping system of five or more outlets, per outlet

$ 1.75

For each nonhazardous process piping system (NPP) of one to four outlets

$ 3.25

For each piping system of five or more outlets, per outlet

$ 1.00

23.

For the complete heating and ventilation system equipment, including State of Washington ventilation requirements and gas piping system if needed, installed concurrently with t he initial construction of a single-family dwelling, and each unit in a duplex.

$50.00

Table 17C.10-1-F. Fire Protection Permits

Fire protection systems as required by the International Building or International Fire Code shall require permits, plan review fees and payment of inspection fees in accordance with this Table.

Types of Fire Protection Systems

Plan Review

Inspection

A.

Fire alarm, new or additions, and sprinkler supervision

1.

Base Fee

$275.00

$275.00

2.

New or Additional Devices over 25

$7.50 per device

$2.50 per device

3.

One- and two-family dwellings

$55.00

$165.00

B.

Fire Sprinkler Systems 13 & 13-R (Fees not to exceed $20,000)

1.

Each new riser

$275.00 +$3.75/head

$192.50 +$2.75/head

2.

Sprinkler underground

$110.00

$275.00

3.

Revisions to existing systems

$110.00 + $3.75/head

$126.50

4.

High-piled stock or rack storage systems, add to riser fee

$350.00

$90.00

5.

13-D Sprinkler Systems

$110.00 + $3.75/head

$154.00

C.

Standpipe Systems

1.

Each new Class 1, 2, or 3

$275.00

$275.00

D.

Fire Pumps

$500.00

$460.00

E.

Fire Suppression Systems

$275.00

$275.00

F.

Fixed Fire Suppression System

$275.00

$275.00

G.

Water Systems

1.

Hydrant installation on existing main:

a.

Building permit (1)

$140.00

$ 0.00

b.

Short plats and plats

$140.00

$ 0.00

2.

Installation of hydrants and mains on utility owned systems:

a.

Building permit

$140.00

$ 0.00

b.

Short plats and plats

$302.50

$ 0.00

3.

Installation of hydrants and mains on privately owned systems:

a.

without pumps and tanks for fire flow

$275.00

$275.00

b.

with pumps and tanks for fire flow

$425.00

$425.00

4.

Bond or assignment of funds

$175.00

H.

Reinspection (1) all categories

$110.00

I.

Expedited review at discretion of the Fire Marshal

2x the base fee

2x the base fee

(1)    Refer to PCC 17C.10.090, Reinspection Fee, for explanation of when to assess fee.

Table 17C.10-1-G. Other Fees

These fees apply to all permits issued by the Building Inspection Division of Planning and Public Works.

1.

Inspections outside of normal business hours.

$140.00 per hour (minimum two hours)

2.

Reinspection fees assessed under provisions of PCC 17C.10.090.

$110.00

3.

Inspections for which no fee is specifically indicated.

$100.00* per hour (minimum one hour)

4.

Additional plan review required by changes, additions or revisions to approved plans.

$100.00* per hour (minimum one hour)

5.

Expedited review at discretion of Building Official.

Building Division

Third Party Review

$140.00 per hour

$124.00 per hour plus reprographics

6.

For use of outside consultants for plan checking and inspection, or both.

Actual cost (including overhead)

7.

Demolition.

$150.00

8.

Moved Buildings and for the placement of Modular Buildings and Foundation Ready Manufactured Homes.

One-half of the required building permit fee in Tables 17C.10-1-A or 1-B

9.

Placement of Manufactured Homes.

$200.00

10.

Swimming Pools.

In-ground pool

Above-ground pool (Cost > $500.00)

Above-ground pool (Cost < $500.00)

$200.00

$100.00

$ 50.00

11.

For a gas or electric water heater permit obtained through the Internet online system. Includes venting and gas and water piping.

$75.00

12.

For a gas or electric furnace permit obtained through the Internet online system. Includes venting and gas piping.

$75.00

*    Per hour for each hour worked.

EXCEPTIONS:

B.    Low Income. Permit fees in building Tables 17C.10-1-B and 1-C, plumbing Table 17C.10-1 D, mechanical Table 17C.10-1-E and fire suppression Table 17C.10-1-F for the construction, alteration, or repair of one-family or two-family dwellings shall be waived when the applicant provides sufficient documentation showing, to the satisfaction of the Building Official, who shall make written findings, that one of the following conditions exist:

1.    The one-family or two-family dwelling is intended for low-income families as defined through the low-income guidelines set forth by the Pierce County Development of Community Services and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The construction, alteration, or repair of the one-family or two-family dwelling involves some volunteer labor and is being coordinated by an organization classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service; or

2.    Any new residential unit approved by the Department of Planning and Public Works through the requirements of Chapter 18A.65 PCC, "Affordable Housing Incentives," provided sufficient funds have been appropriated by the Pierce County Council and are available for transfer to the Department of Planning and Public Works to replace those fees waived or refunded to the builder/developer.

C.    Natural Hazard Damage. Permit fees in building Tables 17C.10-1-A, 1-B and 1-C, plumbing Table 17C.10-1-D, mechanical Table 17C.10-1-E and fire suppression Table 17C.10-1-F for the repair and restoration of damage due to natural hazards shall be waived or deferred if all the following conditions are met:

1.    Upon a declaration of emergency, issued by the Governor of the State of Washington, the Executive of Pierce County, by executive order, may implement the provisions of this Section.

2.    Applications for permits for repair damage under the provisions of this Section must be applied for within 180 days of the declaration of emergency.

3.    No expansion of the original building area shall be allowed.

Building owners with insurance coverage will be required to pay all fees upon reimbursement by the insurance carrier.

When the total amount of fees waived exceeds 1 percent of the total budget for Planning and Public Works, the department shall notify the Executive, and shall prepare a supplemental budget request.

D.    Green Building. A permit applicant who employs sustainable building practices in the construction of a residential structure shall be eligible for up to a 25 percent refund of the permit fee calculated and paid for said structure pursuant to Table 17C.10-1-B when all of the following requirements are met:

1.    The structure receiving the fee reduction receives one of the following certifications within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of occupancy:

a.    Tacoma-Pierce County Built GreenÆ program – 4 or 5 star certification; or

b.    U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes – Gold or Platinum certification.

2.    The applicant submits a written request to the Building Official within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of occupancy which requests the refund and provides proof of certification required pursuant to 17C.10.070 D.1.a. above.

3.    The maximum fee refund shall not exceed 25 percent of the permit fee calculated pursuant to Table 17C.10-1-B or $350.00 whichever is less.

4.    The total amount of all refunds granted by the Planning and Public Works Department pursuant to Subsection 17C.10.070 D. have not exceeded $25,000 for the current fiscal year. In the event that this threshold is achieved, no further applicant shall be eligible for a refund in that fiscal year.

(Ord. 2018-68s § 2 (part), 2018; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2016-71 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2015-63 § 1 (part), 2015; Ord. 2014-81 § 1, 2014; Ord. 2010-71 § 1, 2010; Ord. 2010-44s § 1 (part), 2010; Ord. 2009-48s2 § 4, 2010; Ord. 2008-107 § 1 (part), 2008; Ord. 2006-118 § 3, 2006; Ord. 2004-116 § 3, 2004; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 2002-107s § 4, 2002; Ord. 99-116S § 2, 1999; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)

17C.10.080 Investigation Fee.

A.    Investigation. Whenever any work for which a permit is required by any code listed in Section 17C.10.010 has started without first obtaining the required permit, a special investigation shall be made before a permit may be issued for such work.

B.    Fee. An investigation fee, in addition to the permit fee, shall be collected whether or not a permit is then or subsequently issued. The investigation fee shall be equal to the amount of the permit fee required by code. The minimum investigation fee shall be the same as the minimum fee for that work but no less than $250.00 nor more than $5,000.00.

The payment of such investigation fee shall not exempt any person from compliance with all other provisions of this code nor from any penalty prescribed by law.

C.    Innocent Purchaser. The Building Official shall waive the investigation fee when credible evidence exists which demonstrates that the unpermitted activity occurred without the current property owner's knowledge and occurred prior to their ownership of the property in question. All other required fees shall continue to apply.

(Ord. 2010-44s § 1 (part), 2010; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.090 Reinspection Fee.

A reinspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or reinspection required by any code listed in PCC 17C.10.010, when such portion of work for which inspection is called is not complete or when corrections called for are not made.

This Section is not to be interpreted as requiring reinspection fees the first time a job is rejected for failure to comply with the requirements of this code, but as controlling the practice of calling for inspections before the job is ready for inspection or reinspection.

Reinspection fees may be assessed when the approved plans are not readily available to the inspector, for failure to provide access on the date for which inspection is requested, or for deviating from plans requiring the approval of the Building Official.

To obtain a reinspection, the applicant shall pay the reinspection fee in accordance with Table 17C.10-1-G.

In instances where reinspection fees have been assessed, no additional inspection of the work will be performed until the required fees have been paid.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.110 Application Expiration.

Applications for which no permit is issued within 180 days following the date of application shall expire and plans and other data submitted for review will thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed by the Building Official. The Building Official may grant an extension or extensions pursuant to PCC 18.60.030.

If an application expires, the applicant shall make a new application and pay new fees.

Permit applications from codes listed in Section 17C.10.010 related to the main project building permit application shall expire together with the building permit application.

(Ord. 2007-55s § 1 (part), 2007; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.120 Conditions of Approval.

No permit shall be issued for the construction or alteration of any building, structure or any project that does not meet all of the following conditions:

A.    Denial or Conditioning of Permit Due to Significant Adverse Environmental Impact(s). Permits for the construction or alteration of any building, structure or any project which will cause significant adverse environmental impact may be denied or conditioned. The denial or conditional issuance of a building permit shall be based upon policy(ies) set forth in ordinances adopted by the Pierce County Council or by any applicable environmental impact statement or threshold determination prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act. Any denial or conditional issuance of a building permit by the Building Official must be in writing.

B.    Non-Issuance of Permit Prior to Sewage Disposal Approval. No permit for the construction or alteration of any building requiring sewage disposal facilities of any kind shall be issued to any applicant until approved by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and/or Pierce County Utilities Department. A copy of such approval shall be transmitted to the Building Official prior to the issuance of a building permit.

C.    Non-Issuance of Permit Prior to Storm or Surface Water Drainage Control Approval. No permit for the construction of any building or structure requiring storm or surface water drainage control of any kind may be issued without approval of the storm or surface water drainage control facilities. A copy of such approval shall be transmitted to the building official prior to the issuance of a building permit.

D.    Non-Issuance of Permit Due to Noncompliance with State and County Laws or Regulations. No permit shall be issued to any person who fails to provide sufficient evidence of compliance with all laws and regulations of the State of Washington and Pierce County relating to the use of land and/or the construction or improvement of structures thereon.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.130 Permit Expiration.

Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The Building Official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated. No permit shall be extended beyond five years from the date it was issued.

Except for the International Fire Code, permits from codes listed in PCC 17C.10.010, related to the main project building permit, shall expire together with the building permit.

(Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.140 Fully Completed Building Permit Application.

Pursuant to RCW 19.27.095, a fully complete building permit application shall be any application including payment of all required fees and containing all the components that are applicable in Table 17C.10-1-H. Incomplete applications shall not be accepted.

Table 17C.10-1-H. Elements for a Complete Building Permit Application

Description

Comments

Site Development Permit

When the project requires a Site Development Permit, it shall be applied for prior to or with the building permit application.

Geotechnical Report/Assessment

A Geotechnical Report/Assessment is required when a project is located in a slope hazard area, or where required in the Pierce County Stormwater and Site Development Manual.

Hydrogeologic Report

A Hydrogeologic Report is required when a project is located in an aquifer recharge area.

Critical Area Checklist

A title notification is required when a project is located in an aquifer recharge area.

Land Use Application

Any land use permits required to approve the building permit application shall be applied for prior to or with the building permit application. Rezone applications must be final prior to the building permit application being accepted as a complete application.

Environmental Checklist

A completed checklist is required if the project is located in a sensitive area.

Wetlands Application

A Wetlands Application is required if the project is located in a wetland area.

Septic Application Approval

Buildings served by on-site sewage systems require Approved As-Built plans or an application for an on-site system or system remodel submitted with building permit application.

Water Availability

A water availability letter signed by the water purveyor shall be provided at time of building permit application. Water source, quantity and quality review. RCW 19.27.097.

Health Sanitation Review

Schools, pools, restaurants and caps require review by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Application for this review shall be made prior to or with the building permit application.

Pretreatment

A pretreatment application shall be applied for with or prior to building permit application when pretreatment is required.

Fire-Flow Letter

Provide form signed by water purveyor indicating hydrant placement (location on vicinity map) and water flow in GPM.

Construction Drawings

Plans shall include specifications, code analysis and statement of use, engineering calculations, diagrams, soil investigation reports, hazardous materials inventory statement (HMIS), special inspection and structural observation programs, deferred submittal information and architect/engineer stamp. Base plan work sheet. Mechanical Drawings, Plumbing Drawings, Fire Protection Drawings and Energy Code compliance information shall also be included with the construction drawings.

Site Plan

Site plans shall include, but not be limited to, the following: a vicinity map, all buildings on the same site, access drives, Emergency Vehicle Access, landscaping, on-site septic drain field location, parking dimensions, all setbacks from buildings and lot lines, hydrant location and grading contours if lot slope is 15 percent or greater. Site Plans should also include locations of stormwater facilities and on-site low impact development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs).

(Ord. 2017-28s § 5, 2017; Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004)

17C.10.145 Access to Public or Private Road.

All properties for which a building permit is required shall adjoin or have access to a public or private road and a yard on not less than one side. Required access and yards shall be permanently maintained. (Ord. 2004-133 § 1, 2005)

17C.10.150 Severability.

If any provision of this Title or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 2004-30s § 6 (part), 2004; Ord. 99-24S § 11 (part), 1999)