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Information About Inspections and COVID-19

The City of Newcastle will continue to perform requested inspections with the following limitations:

— 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

— Postpone inspections in an occupied home or building where the inspection is not time sensitive. This could include installations or replacements of water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, etc.

— 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

— Please note that issuance of new permits may delayed if all work will be conducted within an occupied home or building and it does not appear the safety of the inspectors can be achieved.

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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