Photo Inspection Guidance

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As a temporary measure in response to Covid-19, photo inspections will be allowed for simple permit types where work can be approved through a single inspection.


The photo inspection process will only be available for a limited scope of work related to residential projects (single-family, duplex, and townhouse construction, as well as associated accessory structures).

The limited scope of work includes the following:

  • Furnace Installations
  • Heat Pump Installations—Including Mini Splits
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Water Heater Installations
  • Like-for-like Plumbing Fixtures
  • Siding Installations
  • Window Replacement


  1. Schedule an inspection, either online or by phone (253-573-2587). When scheduling, be sure to include your preferred contact information.
  1. On morning of the inspection (between 7:30am and 8:30am), your assigned building inspector will contact you with information on what photos will be required to confirm code compliance.
  1. Once captured, photos will need to be sent to your assigned inspector for via text or email for review.
  1. Any additional inspection coordination and/or document review will be managed with your assigned inspector before the results of the inspection are provided. The inspector will provide the results of the inspection online.

Please contact Building Inspection Supervisor, Pat Barry, at with any questions.

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