CLICK HERE: COVID-19 IMPACTS | Construction Activity and Inspections

As of midnight on 3/25/20, all construction activity must stop per the Governor’s Executive Order. We are suspending construction inspections except for the specific exemptions spelled out in the Governor’s Order which include:

A. ) Construction related to essential activities as described in the Order;
B. ) To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
C.) To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

Please do not schedule an inspection unless you meet one of the above-stated exemptions. If scheduling an essential project inspection, please indicate the specific provisions in the Governor’s Order that your construction project falls under to justify exemption applicability.

All construction activity and all inspections allowed to occur must meet social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding. The following guidelines are applicable for creating a safe environment for workers and inspectors:

Do not request an inspection if any occupant or contractor is displaying any symptom of illness, is currently sick, or has been sick within the last 14 days.
Remote video inspections may be conducted where social distancing or inspector safety cannot be guaranteed, the type of inspection is suitable for video inspection, and where technological barriers do not become a hindrance.
— Inspections may be canceled or postponed at the inspector’s discretion to ensure safety.

Video inspections will be conducted via Google Duo. Please download the Google Duo app prior to 8:00 a.m. on the day of your inspection as the building inspector will call between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. to schedule your video inspection time. Please be aware that alternate formats for video inspection may apply as directed by the inspector. For inspection questions, contact Jack Helm at 206-714-4703 or

Please note that issuance of new permits for work not considered as part of an essential activity will be delayed until the Governor’s Order has been lifted and it is safe to resume construction activities

CLICK HERE: COVID-19 IMPACTS | Building Permit Applications and Inspections

The following provisions will ensure that construction activity in the City of Newcastle complies with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) and his associated Construction Guidance Memorandum issued March 25, 2020 (hereafter referred to as “Governor’s Order”).

“Essential Project” includes all uses defined in the Governor’s Order. Applicants shall describe how a proposed essential project meets the definition and criteria of “essential” in the Governor’s Order.

Acceptance of Building Permit Applications: Building Permit Applications will be accepted under the following four scenarios:

1. The applicant attests that the project is an “essential” project as defined by the Governor’s Order and describes how it meets the criteria;
2. The applicant attests that the project is for “emergency repair” as provided by the Governor’s Order and as defined below;
3. The applicant acknowledges that the application will be processed but not issued until the Governor’s Order is lifted; or
4. The application is for a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing.

Please read this handout for a full rundown on City procedures for building permit applications and inspections during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You may schedule an inspection at However, due to COVID-19 restrictions your inspection could be delayed in order to keep our inspectors safe and abide by the COVID-19 guidelines

The Community Development Department oversees land use, development, and code enforcement activities within the City of Newcastle. The functions of the department are split into two divisions:

Building Division, which handles construction permitting and code enforcement. Building staff also assist in the intake of applications, as well as perform required site inspections through the duration of construction projects.

Planning Division, which oversees land use and development applications (such as subdivisions, variances, and conditional use permits) and state environmental regulation compliance. Additionally, the Planning Division assists in the long-range planning efforts of the City, and provides staff support to the City Council, Planning Commission, and Newcastle Neighborhood Group.

Working in tandem, both divisions of the department ensure development and construction projects meet State and City standards, and strive to provide the best service to residents and business owners in the City of Newcastle.

Click here for information on permitting, including whether your project will require a permit.

Click here for a list of land use and building permit application forms.

Click here to view the Newcastle Zoning Ordinance.

Click here to view the latest Newcastle Comprehensive Plan.

Click here to view the Community Business Center Master Plan. Click here for Appendix A (Market Study). Click here for Appendix B (Design Guidelines). 

Contact Information

Steve Osguthorpe

Steve Osguthorpe, AICP
Community Development Director

For general planning questions, email

12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
Newcastle, WA 98056   

T  425.649.4444
F  425.649.4363

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