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The CoWR building department will be transitioning to a new software system August 12th – 14th.  During this transition, the City will be unable to accept new building permit applications, make updates to existing permits or schedule any inspections.  We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to unveiling this new system to our citizens.

The City of West Richland recently updated its Title 17 Zoning regulations. A copy of Ordinance 21-20 can be found here. It will take the City a few to several weeks to get the code updated in the Municipal Code section of the website, so in the meantime, please refer to this ordinance. Thank you!

Below are the most commonly requested application forms. If you do not see the form you need, please contact the Planning Department at 509-967-5902. For specific questions regarding an application, or to schedule a pre-application conference, please contact Emily Weimer ( in the Planning Department.

Applications and Informational Sheets

Tip Sheets and Checklists

Permit Tip Sheet
Site Plan Checklist
Residential Building Checklist
Commercial Building Checklist
Commercial Tenant Improvement Checklist


Residential Permit Application
Fire Suppression System Application
Mechanical Permit Application
Miscellaneous Building Application
Manufactured & Mobile Home Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Sign Permit Application
Demolition Permit Application
Commercial Permit Application

All applications will require a submittal checklist along with the building permit application.

Land Use Applications

Address Application
Boundary Line Adjustment-Parcel Combination
Conditional Use Application
Critical Areas Variance Application
Final Plat Application
Final Short Plat Application
Floodplain Application
Grading Application
Land Division Minor Revision Application
Owner Authorization Form
Plat Alteration Application
Plat Extension Request Application
Preliminary Plat Application
Shoreline Conditional Use Application
Shoreline Variance Application
Short Plat Application
Variance Application

Codes and City Ordinances

Useful Links

Information Sheets on Building Projects


Pre-Application conferences with the Technical Review Committee

A pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee is required for all new commercial buildings.  A pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee is recommended for all other projects that will require processing of a City Application (SF dwellings & duplexes generally exempt). The Technical Review Committee consists of Planning staff, City Engineer, Building Official, and Fire Authority. Other agencies and/or utilities will be invited to attend as needed.

The purpose of the pre-application conference is to assist applicants in preparing their development applications for submittal to the City, to identify potential problems, and to streamline their development review process. These pre-application conferences are informal and provide an opportunity to meet with the City departments responsible for development review. City representatives will review the submitted materials, provide comments, and may also identify issues or concerns wherever noted. It is not meant to be a detailed, all-inclusive review of proposed plans or ideas.

Please be aware that any communication or checklists provided to you at this meeting do not imply approval or conditional approval of the pending application. Future processing and review of your formal application may require changes, alterations, or additional information to clarify the details and design of your proposal.

Pre-application conferences are held every Thursday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Appointments are granted on a first come/first serve basis. Appointment times will not be held for an applicant that has not submitted a pre-application package in advance.

To schedule a pre-application meeting, submit a completed Pre-Application Conference Request Form to Senior Planner Emily Weimer and you will be advised of the next available date. Include with your request: a. Preliminary site plan; b. Preliminary floor plan of building interior (if applicable); c. Written narrative of the project (optional); d. List of questions for staff (optional). Please remember, Staff can only give feedback on the information submitted.

Miscellaneous Building Application
Miscellaneous Building Application
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