Ecobuild Permits

We’ve started to gather a bit of information by talking to the building departments of unincorporated King County in Snoqualmie, and of the city of Tacoma.

  • Materials: You need an architect and engineer to approve your plans and show that it’s safe and structurally sound.
  • Temperature:
  • Electricity: In order to be completely off-grid, you might have to ask for a variance and prove that your system will be able to provide for all your appliances.
  • Water: You might need approval from the Department of Health to be able to use rainwater for drinking and to be off the water grid.
  • Food: Shouldn’t be a problem.
  • Sewage: You might need approval from the Department of Health to be able to use grey water to flush the toilets, and either Dept of Health or Building Department to get a septic permit for black water.

Please join our discussion forum and let’s work together to build up our knowledge base regarding permits in various areas of Washington State.


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