Types of Permits
Over the Counter Plan Review - Building and Fire Permits
Plans Examiners are available to review plans for simple residential projects at the Permit Counter on Monday and Wednesday at 10 am. Reviews are completed at the permit counter with the applicant. If the project is approved, permit center staff issue the permit the same day. All applicants MUST sign in before 10:15 am, and will have their applications reviewed by permit staff in the order of sign in. Applicants who arrive after the 10:15 am sign in time will be directed to return on the next available OTC day.
Simple Residential Building Permits like Non-Structural Interior Remodels, Basic Decks and Minor Repairs are often eligible for over the counter plan review.
Required Forms and Documents:
For more information about Over the Counter Plan review view our Tip Sheet.
- Application Packet
- Plan Coversheet
- Construction Documents - Two hard copies of the plans must be provided. The minimum plan size is 11”x 17” using a scale that is legible and easily reviewed.
Residential Solar Installations. Proposed installations must comply with latest tip sheet guidelines. Click here to learn more about solar permits.
Residential Fire Alarms Permits are eligible for over the counter plan review.
Auto Security Gates. Permits for gates and barricades across fire access roads are typically eligible for over the counter plan review
Permits that Require Plan Review
Commercial and Multifamily Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Re-roof Permits typically require plan review. Submit applications, specs and plans electronically via the Mercer Island File Transfer Site for MIePlan Review. Minor work may be exempt from plan review with prior approval from the Inspector. The Customer Service Team is available to discuss your scope of work at 206-275-7605 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about requirements.
Commercial and Multi-Family Solar Installation are routed through a more detailed plan review process. Submittals require Design Review approval by our Land Use Planning Department, Electrical and Structural Plan Review, as well as review by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Submit Design Review, Building, Electrical, and Fire Permit applications electronically via the Mercer Island File Transfer Site for MIePlan Review.
Building Permits for New Construction, Additions, Structural Alterations, Tenant Improvements, etc require plan review. Submit all plans, forms and documents electronically via the Mercer Island File Transfer Site for MIePlan Review.
Permits that Do Not Require Plan Review
Single Family Residential Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Permits can be obtained online at www.mybuildingpermit.com or at the Community Planning & Development (CPD) permit counter.
Single Family Residential Re-roof Permits can be obtained online at www.mybuildingpermit.com or in person at the Community Planning & Development (CPD) permit counter. A permit is required if roofing material in changing and/or if plywood is replaced.
Side Sewer Permits are issued at the Community Planning & Development (CPD) permit counter.