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King County giving free flood damage inspections in unincorporated areas

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King County is giving free flood damage inspections in unincorporated areas, to help residents and businesses recover faster

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In response to last week's major flooding, the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services is offering free inspections of damaged buildings in unincorporated areas to help speed the repair process for residents. Inspections will be conducted within one business day of a request.

Inspectors will evaluate the integrity of the structure and assess whether a permit is required to proceed with repairs. For minor repairs, permits can be issued over the counter at the Department of Development and Environmental Services offices in Renton (900 Oakesdale Avenue S.W., driving directions online at www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/about/ddesmap.aspx). In the event of major damage, the permit review will be expedited.

The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services also reminds the public that permits may be required before performing certain non-building related repairs, such as streambank stabilization, landslide repair, culvert repair or replacement, or hazard tree removal, resulting from the recent flooding.

"Given the emergency conditions much of unincorporated King County is operating under right now, and our mission to permit construction that complies with health and safety standards, waiving the $320 damage assessment fee makes sense," said Department Director Stephanie Warden. "I know it is small consolation for homeowners faced with recovering from major storm damage, but we hope it eliminates one more hurdle for affected homeowners trying to get their homes and businesses back to normal."

To request a damage inspection during business hours, please call 206-296-6630. DDES operates Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The department is closed on Fridays.

Please note:  The Department of Development and Environmental Services has jurisdiction only in King County's unincorporated area. For damage within a city limit, contact that city for assistance.

For additional information, please contact Paula Adams, DDES Public Information and Records Officer, at 206-296-6682, or paula.adams@kingcounty.gov; or Jim Chan, DDES Building Services Division Director, at 206-296-6740, or jim.chan@kingcounty.gov.