Demolition

What is it?

You need a Demolition Permit to remove an existing building, whether it is a commercial, industrial, and residential or garage. If you’re building a new building on the same property, your demolition permit will be issued separate from your new building permit and must be inspected and finaled prior to the issuance of your new building permit. You do not need a demolition permit if you are:  
  • Removing an accessory structure with a roof area less than 200 square feet
  • Removing a portion of a building as part of an Tenant Improvement

Examples of Demolition Permits include removing an existing structure including the foundation and grading the site for safety, or removal of a structure to building a new structure in the same location.

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the value of your project. You can pay all fees up front for faster processing, or pay the plan review fee when you submit your plans and pay the balance when you pick up your permit. See the Fee Schedule (A-Z) page to download the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule for fee related information. 

How Long Does It Take?

We try to finish our initial review of the Demolition Permit application within 14 calendar days from submittal. How long it takes to get the final permit depends on how complex your project is and how many corrections, if any, you need to make.  

Steps to Get Your Permit

 
1. Research
Get your property information. Find property information to help you plan your project. Use our Property Viewer Interactive Map.
                  
Determine restrictions to your project. Research the Redmond Zoning Code to determine what occupancies are allowed in the building and what land uses are allowed in that zoning area.
     
Find incentives for your project. Research the City’s different Green Building Incentives that might apply to your project.
 
2. Start Permit Application 
Your project may require State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review if the project is within or near critical areas (i.e. streams, wetlands, steep slopes, critical aquifer recharge area) or exceeds the SEPA categorical exemptions specified in RZC 21.70.
 
Prepare your plans. Plans should be electronic and should be to scale and easy to read.

Fill out forms:
Demolition Permit Packet

Coordinate with other agencies. You may need permits or approvals from other agencies. These are the most common agencies you may need to work with for your permit type:
  • King County Public Health – Septic Tanks and Wells
  • King County DSC – Medical Facility
3. Submit Plans
Schedule an intake appointment. Call 425-556-2473 to speak with a Permit Technician who can assist you in scheduling an intake appointment or use the online booking tool below.

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Tips for a Successful Intake Appointment

Pay Fees
Plan Reviews fees are due at permit application. The fees are calculated based on your project value. Once the permit is approved, final issuance fees will be due.
 
4. Plan Review
Your project reviewer will send you a correction letter if revisions are required. Make corrections and resubmit your plans. The project reviewer will instruct you on how to upload new plans through the E-Track Portal.
 
5. Get Permit
You will be contacted when your plans are approved. Once outstanding fees are paid, you may pick up your permit and approved plans at the Development Service Center with a blank USB drive or log into the E-Track Portal, you can print your permit and approved plans.
 
Get related permits. You may need to get additional permits or approvals from other departments.

6. Schedule Inspection
Request an inspection.  See the E-Track Portal page to schedule an inspection online or phone 425-556-2435 and use the pin number on the permit to request an inspection.
 
7. Complete Project
Final all inspections and close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.