Building Division

Building permits must be obtained prior to starting work.  Please plan your projects accordingly and apply for required permitting in advance. Commencement of projects prior to obtaining proper permitting may result in after-the-fact fees, which start at a minimum of $50, and/or a Stop Work Order.  

What building codes do I need to follow?

Construction must conform to standards adopted by the Town of Friday Harbor and the State of Washington. 

We administer State Adopted Codes under Title 15 of the Friday Harbor Municipal Code (FHMC), which include: International Building Code, International Existing Building Code, International Residential Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, Washington State Energy Code, and International Fire Code.  Please refer to the Town's adopted state building codes for additional details.

Construction must also conform to standards in FHMC Title 17 (Land Use Regulations), Title 19 (Shoreline Master Program), and the Town of Friday Harbor 2002 Comprehensive Plan.

Where do I find the Town's local design criteria?

Please see Design Criteria for a complete list.  

  • Seismic Zone: D1
  • Wind Load: 85 mph
  • Soil Bearing: 1500 PSF
  • Snow Load: 25 lb. L.L.

Do I need a building permit?

A building permit is required for each individual structure before construction is started if your project involves:

  • A storage shed with more than 120 ftof floor area.
  • Any structure for residential use, regardless of size.
  • Remodeling (except painting, papering, and similar finish work).
  • Placement of a manufactured or modular home, or a relocated structure.
  • When a building permit is not required but where plumbing and mechanical work is planned, separate plumbing and/or mechanical permit applications are required.

Where do I find building permit applications?

You may visit Town Hall's Administration office to pick up building permit applications or you can download them from our Building Permits page.  You may also find our Building Permit Guidelines helpful.

Where do I obtain an electrical permit?

The Town of Friday Harbor does not issue electrical permits.  You may apply for and obtain electrical permits from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

How do I request an inspection?

We are currently scheduling inspections Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.  Please request an inspection of your permitted project at least 24 hours in advance by calling: 360-378-2810 ext. 227 or email requests to:

  1. Ryan Ericson

    Community Development & Planning Director

New Community Development & Planning Office Hours:

M-F, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meetings are scheduled by request.

Submit all applications, associated documents, and plans to: