Kelso Building Department

Kelso Building Department

The Kelso Building Department issues permits for all new construction within the Kelso city limits.  This involves the detailed examination of building plans, calculations, and specifications for compliance with building, plumbing and mechanical codes, as well as field inspections of all aspects of construction and its various component parts and systems. 

Inspections and Office Hours

The City's Building Department provides inspection services for sign and demolition permits as well as residential and commercial inspections of mechanical, plumbing and building permits.  For general building and planning information a department receptionist is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Permit issuance hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Permit application submittals are accepted until 4:00 p.m.  If you have questions regarding our office hours, please contact Nancy Malone, Community Development Manager at (360) 423-9922 or nmalone@kelso.gov.

As a result of continuing budgetary constraints the building inspector is available for inspections on the following days of each week:

  • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Inspection requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. for next day inspections.  Telephone:  (360) 423-9922  

Electrical permits and electrical inspections can be obtained through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Plan Reviews

The complexity and completeness of all plans will affect the review time of construction projects.  For new construction projects east of Interstate 5, a current geotechnical report will be required at time of plan submittal.

Forms and Documents

Building Permit Fees
Building Permit Application (must be filled out for all building permit submittals)
Building Permit Checklist - Commercial

Building Permit Checklist - Industrial

Building Permit Checklist - Residential

Excavation & Grading Supplemental Form

Fire Sprinkler Affidavit


We are currently in the process of updating and creating additional forms.  If you do not see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact our office at (360) 423-9922.