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Most construction, alteration, or repair work requires a permit. There are some exceptions, which you will find under the Exempted Work provision of the Building Code.
We encourage you to combine all permit applications onto one application form. There is no additional cost for this, and it will simplify the plan review process. If you choose to separate the mechanical from the building permit, you will need to provide much of the information a second time, as well as separate plans.
A separate mechanical plan review fee is also charged. Many mechanical permits require an analysis of the building. Combining the plan review allows the same plans examiner to review the applications and perform the calculations one time. This will allow the contractor to use one permit number when calling in inspections.
You can apply for permits in the Planning and Community Development Department in the Planning/Public Works Building. The phone number is 253-922-8738.
Tacoma Public Utilities handles all electrical permits and inspections for the City of Milton. You may contact them at 253- 503-8277. Their location is:3628 S 35th StreetTacoma, WA 98409
You can also visit their website for more information.
The City of Milton does not have its own building code. The City has adopted the 2015 International Building Code, the 2015 International Residential Code, and the Washington State Amendments.
Permit fees are charged based on the work proposed according to adopted fee schedules. See the fee schedule (PDF) for fee information.
A homeowner may work on their property if it is permitted and the work meets the exemption requirements of RCW 18.27.090.
Work on a project may not legally begin before a permit is obtained and on the work site. Some clean-up and clearing may begin before the building permit is issued. Talk to an Inspector or the Building Official for more information.
Yes. Residential re-roof applications are processed at the counter. Commercial projects will require an engineer’s analysis if the existing roof covering is to remain. For a commercial roof tear off and re-roof, the applicant will need to provide information about roof insulation.
Yes. Water heater applications are processed at the counter.
Yes. A building permit is required for any building in which someone is working.
No. Certificates of Occupancy (CO) are issued at the completion of a new building’s construction. New tenants are not issued a CO unless a change of use for the building has been approved by the City. New tenants may occupy their tenant spaces upon final approval of their permit inspection(s). The building’s Certificate of Occupancy is to be posted in the building.
There is an exception for one-story, detached storage buildings less than 200 square feet, so a permit may not be required. The shed may not encroach into the side yard setbacks.
A permit is required if the deck is more than 30 inches above grade.
The process of obtaining a permit is an interactive process. Several factors affect the length of time necessary to receive a permit:
Plan reviews for permit issuance are completed on a “first in – first out” basis.
Construction is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and legal holidays.
The City of Milton requires all businesses located within the city limits, or who conduct business within the city limits, to be licensed with the city. For clarification of your individual circumstances, please consult Title 5 of the Milton Municipal Code.
If you intend to hire a contractor or remodeler, please “Shop Smart” and visit Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for more information.
*During the COVID-19 situation please contact the Permit Technician for drop-off/pick up procedures. Thank you.*
Appointments are not necessary to submit a permit, the permit counter is open M-F 8AM-3:30PM. If you would like to schedule a private meeting with the Planner, Building Official or City Engineer to discuss your project please contact the Permit Technician at 253-922-8738. There is a fee for the appointment.
The review process is impacted by:
In general, gross misdemeanors are offenses punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $5,000. Misdemeanors are those offenses punishable by up to ninety days in jail and a fine of $1,000.
All persons accused of any crime that might result in a jail sentence have certain rights. The accused is advised of these rights at an arraignment, which is generally the first appearance in court on the citation or charge. It will be confirmed that the accused understands his/her constitutional rights as explained in the court session. The accused may hire private counsel to provide legal assistance. If the accused is financially unable to hire a private attorney and qualifies, a Public Defender may be appointed.
The first hearing you will attend is called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the Judge will advise you of your rights, tell you what charge(s) have been filed against you, and ask you to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty to each charge. As a general rule, another hearing requiring your presence will be scheduled after your arraignment.
The Court has to be able to contact you to tell you about hearings scheduled on your case. Usually this is done by mail but sometimes you will be told in person. You must attend all hearings. If you move and do not notify the Court of your new address, the Court will not be able to send you notice of hearing dates. You can notify the Court of your new address by calling 253-841-5450.
Showing up for court is mandatory. The Judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. If you have missed your hearing call the court at 253-841-5450 for further instructions.
Since all Court proceedings are recorded, courtrooms must be quiet. Everyone is asked to be quiet and respectful of those whose proceedings are being heard. There are no childcare facilities provided by the court. Children who become noisy will be required to stay in the hall outside the courtroom under adult supervision. Suitable attire is required, shoes and shirts are necessary. Hats are to be removed upon entering the Courtroom. No smoking, food, or drink will be allowed. You do not need to check with the Clerk unless your name is not on the list.
The Washington State Bar Association can refer you to a lawyer who is experienced in the type of law you need. Additionally, the following agencies can assist with lawyer referral:
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor at Milton Municipal Court and cannot afford an attorney, you may request a Public Defender at your arraignment.
Most construction, alteration, or repair work requires a permit. There are some exceptions, which you will find under the Exempted Work provision of the Building Code. For full details please visit our Building Division.
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The Code Compliance Team is responsible for maintaining community compliance within the City of Milton Municipal Code. To report a new compliance issue, please fill out the Code Compliance Reporting Form. This form can then by submitted by email to the Code Compliance Team or by mail or drop box at 1000 Laurel Street, Milton, WA 98354.
The Code Compliance Team email should only be used for reporting non-emergency issues. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Citizens are welcome to comment on items relating to any matter during Regular Council meetings, which are on the first and third Mondays of the month. Please visit the City Council page for details, policy and procedure.
Shoreline Master Programs are both planning and regulatory documents. SMPs carry out the policies of the Shoreline Management Act on local shorelines. An SMP consists of:
SMPs are based on state laws and rules and tailored to local geographic and environmental conditions and existing development patterns.
The Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58, provides a statewide framework for managing, accessing and protecting shorelines. Now more than 40 years old, the SMA reflects the strong interest of the public in our shorelines and waterways for recreation, protection of natural areas, aesthetics, and commerce.
The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) applies to major water bodies and their adjacent shorelands throughout Washington State. The approximate 28,204 miles of shorelines in the State include:
Within the City of Milton, the SMP applies to Surprise Lake and the Hylebos Creek, along with land within 200 feet of these shorelines.
The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires a periodic review of comprehensively updated SMPs. Local governments must review amendments to the SMA and Ecology rules that have occurred since the master program was last amended, and determine if local amendments are needed to maintain compliance. Local governments must also review changes to the comprehensive plan and development regulations to determine if the SMP policies and regulations remain consistent with them.
Local governments should consider during their periodic review whether to incorporate any amendments needed to reflect changed circumstances, new information, or improved data. The Legislature has established a schedule for every community to complete these reviews. The first round of periodic reviews is due on or before June 30, 2019 for Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties and their cities and towns.
Ecology has prepared a checklist (PDF) of all laws and rules adopted, organized by year. The checklist is accompanied by a guidance document that explains each item. The City will review its SMP and determine if gaps exist between its regulations and newly adopted laws or guidance. Amendments will be prepared that bring the SMP into conformance with these rules and laws.
The City’s SMP was originally adopted in 1985 and was subsequently updated and adopted in 1995. The current SMP was formally adopted as a comprehensive update to its 1995 SMP on November 13, 2012. The City is now required to conduct a Periodic Review and adopt any necessary amendments to the SMP by June 30, 2019.
Yes, in fact the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires public participation for all amendments. Ecology rules call for a public participation plan that should include broad dissemination of informative materials, proposals and alternatives, opportunities for written comments, public meetings after effective notice, provisions for open discussion, and consideration of and responses to public comments. The plan will ensure the public knows when to comment on the scope of the review and proposed changes, and when the City Council is expected to take formal action.
Comments will be accepted throughout the project, until the SMP is formally adopted. A community open is scheduled to provide the public with opportunities to speak with City staff in person and have their voices heard as decisions are made regarding amendments to the SMP. The public will also have an opportunity to comment at the public hearing where the City Council will consider proposed amendments to the SMP.
Infractions are non-criminal violations of the law and include violations such as speeding, parking, code violations and animal complaints. Previously, many traffic and criminal violations were considered crimes, but in 1981 Washington joined a number of states in decriminalizing minor offenses which resulted in a major change in the way that the courts of limited jurisdiction deal with those offenses.
Start by reading the entire back side of your notice of infraction (ticket). You must respond within fifteen days of the date that the ticket was issued. An infraction is not a crime, but failure to respond can result in the suspension of your driver’s license and you may be charged with a misdemeanor.
You can respond by either mailing the green ticket to the Court or bring it in person to the Clerk’s office. Select one of the boxes on the back of the ticket and verify your address. If you select box one you are electing to pay the amount of the penalty as shown on the front of the ticket.
A mitigation hearing is where you admit you committed the violation, but wish to explain the circumstances of the infraction. To request a mitigation hearing you should check box two. The Judge, depending on the explanation and your record, may adjust the penalty. However, the Judge will not dismiss your ticket. As the Court is required to forward all committed traffic tickets to the Department of Licensing, it will appear on your driving record.
You may present your circumstances to the Court by mail. Once a court date is set we will send out a mitigation by mail form (PDF) with your hearing notice, if you choose fill out the form and return before the date of your hearing. You will be notified by mail of the Court’s decision, the penalty amount, and the date the penalty is due.
If you believe you did not commit the violation then you should select box three and have a contested hearing. Unless you request the officer to be subpoenaed, the procedure at the hearing will be for the Judge to read the sworn statement of the officer. Then you may testify or present any evidence or witnesses that you wish.
If you want to have the officer present, you must advise the Clerk at least fourteen days in advance of your court date. As a result of a contested hearing, the penalty may stay the same, be reduced, or the ticket dismissed. In the event you have subpoenaed witnesses you may be required to pay court costs. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case and the Judge will decide the case based on the preponderance of the evidence.
You may present your circumstances to the Court by mail. Once a court date is set we will send out a contested by mail form (PDF) with your hearing notice, if you choose fill out the form and return before the date of your hearing. If the infraction is found committed, you have no right to appeal the court’s decision. You will be notified by mail of the Court’s decision, the penalty amount, and the date that the penalty is due.
A deferred finding is an opportunity for you to have your traffic infraction dismissed. If the court grants a deferral, you must meet all of the conditions of the deferral for the infraction to be dismissed.
You may have a deferral for one moving and one non-moving infraction only once every 7 years anywhere in the state. You cannot commit another infraction within this deferral period. You must pay administrative costs in the amount of $200 or the assessed amount if higher on the face of your citation before the end of the deferral.
You may present your circumstances to the Court by mail. Once a court date is set we will send out a deferral by mail form (PDF) with your hearing notice, if you choose fill out the form and return before the date of your hearing. You will be notified by mail of the Court’s decision, the penalty amount, and the date the penalty is due.
You may, at your own expense, have a lawyer appear and represent you at your hearing. If you are to be represented by counsel, the lawyer is required to file a notice of appearance with the Court prior to the hearing date. A separate hearing is held when lawyers are involved and it is necessary to have sufficient notice for scheduling.
If you do not win at a contested hearing you have the right to appeal to the Superior Court of Pierce County. The notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of the judgment. There will be various appeal costs, payable in advance, including a $200 Superior Court filing fee, a $40 record processing fee, and the possibility of an appeal bond.
If you appeal, the Superior Court will review the record that was made at the Municipal Court, but there will not be a new trial. The Clerk’s Office will provide you with the information about the appellate process and the forms necessary to file the appeal.
When you pay the penalty, mitigate, or if the Judge finds you have committed a traffic infraction at a contested hearing, the state law requires that the infraction be reported to the Department of Licensing. The infraction will then appear on your driving record. Neither the Court Clerk nor the Judge has the authority to keep the infraction off your record. If you win at a contested hearing and the infraction is dismissed, it is not reported to the Department of Licensing and will not appear on your driving record.
A failure to pay or respond to the ticket within 15 days results in an order that the infraction was committed and you may be charged with a misdemeanor. If you ask for a hearing and do not appear, your payment is due immediately. When an infraction is not paid in a timely manner or a hearing is missed, a $52 late penalty is added to the amount shown on the ticket. Your license may then be suspended if the penalty is not paid following a notice to pay the increased penalty, and the account may be assigned to a collection agency.
If you receive a ticket for no insurance and you had insurance at the time of the ticket, you may file proof of insurance with the Court Clerk, pay $25 administrative costs, and the charge will then be dismissed and not go on your driving record. If you obtained insurance after you were given the ticket, you may file proof of the insurance with the Court Clerk and your penalty will be reduced to $250 or you may request a mitigation hearing (box 2) to explain the circumstances and show your policy to the Judge. However, you must do either within the 15 day response time.
If you receive a “correction notice” from the police officer, you have fifteen days to correct your vehicle’s equipment problem. Then have an officer of the Milton Police Department inspect the vehicle, sign the correction notice, and file it with the Court. Once the Clerk receives the signed correction notice, the infraction will be dismissed. Failure to respond within 15 days or to appear for a scheduled hearing may result in the suspension of driving privilege, the account may be assigned to a collection agency, and you may be charged with a misdemeanor.