Building & Planning
The Building and Planning Department was established by the Board of County Commissioners to carry out the effective and reasonable administration of developmental laws and standards and to accomplish county planning, building permit coordination, environmental coordination, fire / life safety, and environmental health.
It is our goal to provide fast, fair, consistent, and friendly services to the citizens of Cowlitz County. The Building and Planning Department provides a wide-variety of permitting services through the Building Division, the Planning Division and the Operations Division.
Office Holiday Closure Schedule
Our office will be closed to the public on the following days (no inspections will be held):
- Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day
Our system is more user friendly and will allow for online permit submission, allow you to track the progress and status of your permits, make online payments, and reduce printing costs or unnecessary paperwork.
Please remember that all originally-produced PDF documentation shall be submitted electronically. Any replications of the originals, including scanned copies or size-adjusted versions, shall not be accepted unless pre-approved.
You will need to register for a Portal account in order to submit your permit application and access the other features of our new system. If you already have an open/active permit, you will need to use the same email address that you used on the original permit.
Click the link below for an overview on how to set up your account and navigate the Portal.
**The PermitQ Portal is now up and working. Thank you for your patience.**
- Register for your account
- Check on the status of current active permits
- Notifications of any updates/changes/etc. requests for your permit will come through the Portal. Please log in to your account for the most up to date status information.
- Apply for new permits
- Request an inspection
- Pay online
- Add a delegated user to your account
For questions please email us at:
Completed Planning Permits
Below you will find a list of completed Planning Permits based on application date. This list will be changing frequently as permits are completed.
**Changes to Credit/Debit Payments**
Effective January 1, 2021, a service fee will be charged on all card transactions.
- Credit and Debit cards will have a 3.15% service fee for each transaction
Environmental Health Unit
Is a division of the Cowlitz County Health Department. For all water and septic/sewer questions, please call 360-414-5599 ext 6426 or e-email EHU.
Utility Review of Building Projects
The EHU reviews building proposals submitted to B&P and, if applicable, sends an email requesting applicants to fill out a form. The form captures information about the project used to determine if and what utilities require approval.
For more information, please visit the EHU's Utility Review webpage.