Permit Center

Welcome to the City of Federal Way's Permit Center! 

City Hall is open to the public and our staff are here to assist with the process of application, review, issuance, and inspection of proposed land use and construction activities that require permits and to answer questions about code requirements. Staff is currently available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Permit Center is closed to the public on Wednesday.  Staff is also able to serve customers by email ( or by phone (253-835-2607).

All applications that require review must be submitted electronically.  To apply, first request a Document Upload Link.  We will then set up a file for your project and send you a link for submitting your application materials.  You will not receive the link immediately – it can take a few days to process your request.  Please be very detailed when completing the link request to avoid delays in processing. 

The Permit Center, as well as the rest of City Hall, is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  

  • Document Upload Link - Request a link to upload documents for Electronic Plan Review. 
  • Building Permits - Application and informational handouts for Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Demolition and Fire Prevention permits.
  • Sign Permits and Codes -  Information, applications, and handouts relating to the requirements and restrictions for signage.
  • Land Use Permits - Application and informational handouts for Land Use permits including site plan review, environmental review, critical areas review, subdivisions, shoreline permits, etc. 
  • My Building Permit Apply online for residential electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits, and most commercial electrical permits.
    • E-Permits Archive - Use only for past residential electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits, and most commercial electrical permits submitted.
  • Construction Codes - Codes adopted by the City of Federal Way.
  • Residential Permit Exemptions are found here
  • Commercial Permit Exemptions are found here.
  • Inspections - Contact information and how to call in inspections.


Parcel Numbers
Property parcel numbers can be found by using the City's maps, searching King County's Parcel Viewer, or contacting the Permit Center by email or by phone at 253-835-2607.

Permit Activity Reports
Access to reports regarding permit activity throughout the City of Federal Way are available online. Weekly reports, which encompass the building permit activity for the previous week, will be posted on Mondays by noon. Monthly reports, which encompass the building, demolition, electrical, and plumbing permit activity for the previous month, will be posted by the 6th of each month.

Records Requests
If you would like to view or receive copies of records relating to a past or current project, you can submit a Public Records Request to the Public Records Request Center.

Right-of-Way Permits
Right-of-Way permits are processed by the Public Works Department and can be accessed by clicking on this link.