Why Permits and Inspections are Necessary


The permit process is more than just procedure and paperwork – it’s a way to ensure structures are safe for you and the people you love. Inspectors make sure buildings comply with important building codes, including checking the foundation, framing, insulation, roofing, plumbing, door locks, sheetrock, and grading. 

The permits also help ensure that people build correctly in environmentally sensitive or hazardous areas – such as floodplains – and comply with land-use and zoning plans that preserve the quality of life here in the Reservation.

Permit review is also a financial issue. Proper permitting helps protect property values. Also, property insurers often refuse to cover damage caused by work done without permits and inspections. Likewise, banks often will decline to finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. 

Proceeding with a project without a permit may mean that the project will ultimately have to be removed or remedied somehow -- and that costs money. So, before a project is started, see if a permit is required.


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Nisqually Indian Tribe Building Department
12565 Elder Ln SE
Olympia, WA 98513

Phone: (360) 456-5221




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