Building Information and Resources


Pay for your permit online with a debit or credit card via our Permit Payment page.

*Minimum $2 or 2.5% convenience fee applies.

We can also accept checks made out to Columbia County Treasurer or exact cash mailed or delivered to our office located at:
Columbia County Planning and Building
114 S 2nd Street
Dayton, WA 99328



Please call (509) 382-3941 or email Robert Stearns to request a building, mechanical or plumbing inspection. Please allow 24-hour notice.

Required inspections* include, but are not limited to:

  • footings
  • foundation walls
  • underground plumbing installation and pressure test
  • gas piping installation and pressure test
  • rough plumbing installation and water line pressure test
  • rough-in mechanical installation
  • weatherproofing and framing
  • insulation
  • drywall attachment
  • final

*Not all inspections are required for all permit types. Issued permits will list the required inspections.

Electrical inspections are performed by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and may be requested by visiting the Department of Labor and Industries website.

For water/septic inspections contact Greg Abramson by email or by calling (509) 382-3955.

Residential Design Requirements

Ground Snow Load: 30 pounds (ground) per square foot below 2,500 feet above mean sea level;  call (509) 382-4676 for requirements greater than 2,500 feet above mean sea level as determined by Snow Load Analysis for Washington.

Wind speed: 110 miles per hour

Seismic Category: C

Weathering Probability for Concrete: Severe

Frost Line Depth: 18 inches

Termite Potential: slight to moderate

Winter Design Temperature: 6 degrees

Ice Barrier: As required by code

Flood Hazard: FIRM, adopted 1988

Air Freezing Index: 800

Climate Zone: 5b

Insulation: Ceiling - R49; Wood Frame Wall - R 21 or R13 + R10; Floor R30; Basement Wall and Crawl Space - R15/19

Adopted Building Codes

International Building Code, Standards and Amendments 2018 - WAC 51-50
International Residential Code, Standards and Amendments 2018 - WAC 51-51
International Mechanical Code, Standards and Amendments 2018 - WAC 51-52
International Fire Code, Standards and Amendments 2018 - WAC 51-54A
Uniform Plumbing Code, Standards and Amendments 2018 - WAC 51-56

NOTICE: The State Building Code Council has voted to delay the effective date of the 2021 codes until March 15, 2024. It was previously delayed from July 1, 2023 to October 29, 2023. The council is entering rulemaking to modify sections in the commercial and residential energy codes to address legal uncertainties.