Permit Center

Welcome to the Cowlitz County online permit center! The Operations Division is responsible for the daily operations of the Heart of the Department - the Permit Center! Below you will find some helpful information on getting your project started.

Please note that only permits applied for before November 17, 2014 will be able to use the previous permit system portal found here.

Cowlitz PermitQ Online Portal

  1.   Register for your account
  2.   Check on the status of current active permits
  3.   Apply for new permits
  4.   Request an inspection
  5.   Pay online

Building Permit Update

All building projects that include plumbing shall be connected to approved water and sewer.   As of May 1, 2021, evidence of approved water availability and sewer from the Environmental Health Unit (EHU) of the Cowlitz County Health Department shall be provided to Building & Planning prior to permit issuance.   Evidence shall be defined as a letter of approval issued by EHU.  

For more information on obtaining a water availability or sewer approval, please contact the Environmental Health Unit at 360-414-5599, press option 5, and then option 2.  Their website is  

 Questions for Building & Planning can be emailed to or call 360-577-3052.  You can also visit our website at  


Links to applications and forms by department.
Please note that our permit system requires you to apply online.  

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.


Fee schedules for permits and processes.


What to expect in the permit process.