Building & Planning

BUILDING & PLANNING DEPARTMENT

CITY OF OTHELLO

500 E MAIN STREET, OTHELLO, WA 99344

Planning Dept. 509.488.3302  City Hall 509.488.5686

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Due to the recent and rapidly changing guidelines from the CDC regarding COVID-19, the following procedures will be implemented for the Building and Planning Department and their handling of permits/inspections:

Phase 2 – New Construction allowed as of May 22, new construction can resume, following the guidelines outlined by the governor’s office.

Please visit the link below for information:

https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase2ConstructionSafetyGuidance.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Permits:

  • You may submit permits by either dropping them off in the utility payment lockbox located outside of City Hall or by emailing them to sflores@othellowa.gov.

  • If you are needing to drop off full size plans, please call 509-488-5686 and someone can meet you outside the building.

Inspections:

  • Inspections can be scheduled by emailing  sflores@othellowa.gov or by calling 509-488-3302. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.

Services


The Inspection Services Division is responsible for processing building permit applications, conducting inspections of work permitted, and monitoring construction projects within the city to ensure they meet the quality and safety standards as required by the Washington State Building Code.  The Department works hard to improve Othello’s quality of life by ensuring developments are functional and attractive while protecting local natural resources and the City’s small town feel.

The Department has three main roles:

Building Plan Review & Inspection – Protecting the health and safety of the community through the review of the most current building codes.  The Department reviews building plans and performs ongoing inspections during construction.

Current Planning – The review of land use permits and site plans, as well as responding to customer inquiries.

Long-Range Planning – Planning for the long-term needs of the community over the next 20 years and beyond. These needs are then used to develop financing and construction strategies for the public infrastructure and projects needed to ensure a robust and vibrant economy.

Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Update

See the recent history of updates to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning here.

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