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Welcome to the City of Olympia's Online Permit Center

The Online Permit Center provides public access to the current status of permits and inspection requests, as well as access to reference materials and documentation. As a registered user, an applicant can also apply for permits and request inspections online.

To register, click the “Sign Up” button in the top right corner of this screen and follow the instructions. If you have any problems registering, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please refer to the Permit Portal Help webpage for additional help with navigating the online portal.


  •  Review public notices
  •  Search permit records and view public documents
  •  Check on the status of a permit application

The following actions require a Portal Account (learn how to create a portal account)

  • Apply for permits
  • Submit plans and other documents for review
  • Pay permit fees
  • Request an inspection and view inspection results (must have a Portal Account)


After submitting, please allow 48-72 hours to receive an e-mail response regarding the status of your permit application. Permits are not valid until approved, paid for, and issued. If all requested submittals have not been received and plan review fees have not been paid within 48 hours, the permit application will be cancelled.

Prior to applying for a permit, please review the permit application checklists found in the documents tab below for required submittal(s). Incomplete permit applications will be valid for 30 days, after which all permits in a "NOT SUBMITTED" status will be cancelled.


*Please note the cutoff time for next day inspection requests is 5:00pm*. Most inspections are conducted between the hours of 8:00am – 3:00pm. Inspectors will be available to contact between the hours of 7:00am – 3:30pm.

The City has the ability to do virtual inspections please view the Virtual Inspection Program document for more information.

INSPECTION NOTICE: Due to the current number of requests and staff capacity, all ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS are being scheduled four(4) days out, per City Building Official.


The State Building Code Council voted on September 15, 2023, they agreed upon another delay of the 2021 codes. Previously, the effective date was October 29, 2023. The new effective date for all building codes is March 14, 2024. All new permit applications deemed complete on or after that date shall comply with those codes. Free online access to the 2021 State Codes are available on the State Building Code Council’s website.


City of Olympia business licenses are handled through the Washington State Department of Revenue. If your business is located in your home, there are additional requirements in the City of Olympia for home based occupations. More information is available on City’s Business Licensing webpage

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT US: Community Planning and Development at (360)-753-8314 or cpdinfo@ci.olympia.wa.usFor the hearing impaired, please contact us by dialing the Washington State Relay Service at 7-1-1, or 1-800-833-6384.

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