skip to main content

Emergency Management

Prepare Respond Mitigate

King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

Enhanced 9-1-1 Program
Seattle, WA
E-911 program office

Jan. 23, 2012

King County giving free snow and ice storm damage inspections in unincorporated areas

Residents in unincorporated King County whose homes were damaged during this week’s snow and ice storms are offered free building inspections from King County’s Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES). DDES has waived the associated fee to help residents speed up repair to their property. Also, priority service will be given for damaged structures requiring permits for repair work.

This will help residents get repairs started more quickly and speedup the permitting process. It also helps protect residents from potential harm if DDES finds buildings that are unsafe to be in.

“Our goals are to ensure that unsafe buildings are identified promptly and allow homeowners and businesses to begin repairs as soon as possible,” said DDES Director John Starbard.

Inspectors will evaluate the integrity of structures, assess if a structure is safe to occupy and whether a permit is required for repair work. Inspection staff may also advise customers of the need to pursue a more detailed inspection from a licensed structural engineer to determine the full extent of the damage. While storm damage inspections are free, standard permit fees still apply.

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 hazard tree removal if trees are in environmentally critical areas. Permits can be issued retroactively if a tree poses imminent danger to persons or property.

To request a damage assessment inspection during business hours, please call 206-296-6630. DDES operates Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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 In the event of major damage, the permit review will be expedited.

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 Bernard Moore, DDES Building Inspection supervisor, at 206-296-6762, or; or Chris Ricketts, DDES Building Services, Building Official, at 206-296-6750, or