Permits & Inspections

Planning and Building Permits

The department of Community and Economic Development, also known as Planning and Building, is available at City Hall to answer your permitting questions Monday - Thursday from 7AM to 6PM (excluding holidays). Our department handles Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, and Building permits as well as Planning/Zoning Environmental and Fire permits.

Permit history can now be viewed online with a simple address search. Please visit this link to use this new feature.

You can email us at permits@ci.longview.wa.us or give us a call at 360-442-5086 with any questions or concerns.

Public Works Permits

The department of Public Works - Engineering division handles some types of permits which are not within private property borders. These permits include:

- Right-of-Way Permits
- Public Improvement Permits
- Special Event Permits
- Motor Vehicle Permits
- Banners
- And more...

For more information on the permits that the Engineering Division offers, please visit their dedicated permits page.

To contact the Public Works Engineering Division, you are encouraged to call 360-442-5200.

Planning and Building Online Permits

We accept online applications for most permits in our "One-Stop" category. These typically include plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits. We will also accept applications for sheds, fences, re-roofs, replacement windows and siding. Standards and requirements for these items (and more) are available on our Forms and Handouts page

If your application is requiring plan review, you will need to submit in person or by mail. Please contact us if you are not sure whether or not your project will require a plan review, or visit our Forms and Handouts page.

For online-eligible permits, Enter Permits and Inspections Online

If this is your first time applying for an online permit, you will need to select Not Yet Registered and create a new user account prior to lodging an application. Once you are registered, you'll be directed to the dashboard where you can create a new permit application.

Online permits work in 4 steps:

  1.  Applicant fills out the online application.
    (Note: Please use whole numbers and avoid using punctuation. Please supply an answer in each box, even if it is a "0".)
  2. Our office receives the application and processes it during business hours. We will assess fees at this time.
  3. Applicant will pay fees associated with this permit.
  4. Our office issues the permit once the account has been paid in full.