Retaining Wall

What is it?

You need a Retaining Wall Permit when installing a new retaining wall or repair work to an existing retaining wall.

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the value of your project. You pay a plan review fee when you submit your plans and the rest 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 new and additions permit in 21 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.

Request a Pre-Application Meeting (optional). We recommend pre-application meeting for very complex projects, including buildings with unusual structural systems, substantial alterations, or work in environmentally critical areas or shorelines. Pre-application meetings are scheduled on Thursdays. For more information see Pre-Application Conference Tip Sheet.                    

2. Start Permit Application
Apply for exemptions. You may need an exemption if your project is located in an environmentally critical area or near the shoreline.
Prepare your plans. Plans should be electronic and should be to scale and easy to read.
Fill out forms. 
Retaining Wall 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.

3. Submit Plans
To schedule an intake appointment you can go online, click Schedule an Appointment below or call 425-556-2473 to speak with a Permit Technician.

Tips for a Successful Intake Appointment
Pay Fee
Plan Reviews fees are due at permit application. The fees are calculated based on your project value.

Plan Review
Make corrections and resubmit your plans. Your project reviewer will send you a correction letter if changes are needed and instruction on how to upload new plans through the E-Track Portal.
4. Get Permit
You will be contacted when your plans are approved. Once permit issuance fees are paid, you can 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.
5. Schedule Inspection
Request an inspection. See the E-Track Portal page to schedule an inspection online or phone at 425-556-2435 and use the pin number on the permit to request an inspection. A Final inspection needs to be requested and approved to complete the inspection process.
6. Complete Project
Receive your certificate of occupancy.  You will need a certificate of occupancy if you have changed the use of the building occupancy of an existing space and/or building.
Close your permit. Your permit information will be archived in our electronic document management system.