Construction, Demolition, and Building Projects

The Building Permits and Inspections Department will strive to assist you with your construction project in an efficient and accountable manner. They are responsible for permitting all construction and conducting inspections of all construction-related permits as well as issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, Fire Prevention, and Special Events.

The Building Permits and Inspections Department is responsible for:

  • Conducting building construction inspections
  • Issuing building permits
  • Issuing certificate of occupancy permits
  • Reviewing building plans
  • Working directly with the Planning and Zoning Commission

To obtain a permit for both residential and commercial uses, it is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Commission. Download the form below or give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary forms. The process of obtaining a Certicate of Appropriateness is outlined in The Town of Washington's Ordinance 2007-2:

2012 Historic District Amendment

2007-2 Historical Preservation Ordinance

Form: Application for the Certificate of Appropriateness

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for getting a building permit?

Take a moment to read all required information provided. Then print and fill out the building permit application form and return to city hall.  Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.  We will be happy to help you.