When is a Permit needed? For most construction activities on Bainbridge Island, a permit is required!
A building permit is required BEFORE any construction work or activity involving sheet-rock, framing, insulation or other types of remodel or new construction.
A demolition Permit is required before demolition of any building. A site plan and fee are required at the time of submission.
Relocation or replacement of plumbing fixtures. This applies to situations where you replace an existing piece of equipment with a similar unit. i.e. toilet
All development within 200′ of Ordinary High Water requires the submittal of a Shoreline Substantial Development Exemption prior to the submission of a building permit
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO WITHOUT A PERMIT? Absolutely!
- You can construct a fence if it is less than 7′ high.
- Complete finish work such as paint, replace flooring, counter tops or install cabinets.
- Install portable appliances or build a retaining wall <4′ in height.
Also, the following Residential projects can be completed without the issuance of a permit:
- Construction of a deck not exceeding 200 sq ft in area, that are not more than 30″ above grade at any point, not attached to a dwelling and do not serve an exit door.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54″ from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Swings or other playground equipment.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24″ deep
- Sidewalks and driveways.
- One story detached accessory structure used as a play house, storage shed or similar use provided the floor area doesn’t exceed 200 square feet.
Commercial Projects that do not require permits:
- Installation of Temporary Television, motion picture theatre sets and scenery.
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30″ above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below and not part of an accessible route of travel.
- One story detached accessory structure used as a play house, tool or storage shed or similar use provided the floor area doesn’t exceed 120 square feet.
- Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5’9” in height.
In addition to the above referenced permit information, all electrical work must be permitted and inspected by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. (L&I)
Here are a few tips I have found to be successful when preparing my homes for sale.
First Impressions are crutial any time of year but in the Fall/Winter months there are some things that you should pay close attention to! Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing your home for sale this time of year.
1. Light Up! Illuminate the walkway and entry of your home with lights. Staggering walkway lights from side to side create a sense of balance. Add a pendant light and matching sconces or lanterns for a designer feel to your exterior.
2. Safety First! To ensure potential buyers can get to your front door without an incident, be sure your driveway, walkways and stairs are clear of leaves, ice and snow.
3. Tidy up your landscape! Keeping your lawn maintained and the fallen leaves and debris raked up as needed will make a big difference and will allow your buyer to imagine what the yard will look like come warmer weather,
4. Freshen up your garden/patio pots with some cold weather plants. Winter Kale, Pansies or witch hazel can liven up a drab landscape or patio.
5. Clean gutters. Leaves accumulate in your gutters in the fall, so clean them out before putting your home on the market to show buyers that you care about exterior home maintenance.
6. Freshen up your paint. In the Fall and Winter months, foliage changes drastically, leaving your exterior surfaces exposed for Buyers to have a clearer view of your home. Sprucing up faded or chipped paint will really make a statement! If it needs it, paint it!
7. Seasonal Staging: Try an elegant pair of potted lighted Topiary plants or a simple wreath on the front porch or door. The small white lights add a sophisticated inviting atmosphere.
I hope you find these tips helpful.