County flooded with permit requests after Supreme Court ruling

Looming deadline crowds City permit office

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – A ruling from the Supreme Court is set to change how building permits will be issued in Spokane and could drastically limit the number of people allowed to build in the county.

Tuesday was the last day to file a building permit before the new changes went into effect. Crowds filled the Spokane County Building and Planning Department because of that decision – some said they had been there since 6:30 a.m.

“It’s been crazy,” said Jensen Lewis, an owner of a construction company. “Heard about this late last week and I got here at 6:30 this morning, the lobby was full. I barely got in the door and then people flooded in behind me and we’ve been here ever since.

Lewis was the 34th person through the doors to apply for a building permit. The department said they first had to take care of the 60 or so people who they could not get to the day before, despite staying open late.

“Everybody in here agrees, we’ve got the give the county credit, they’re working their tails off trying to get everybody through,” he said.

As with most lines – if you leave, you lose your place. Generosity was in full force though, as someone was nice enough to order everyone pizza for lunch.

While several people said they agreed there should be some regulations on water, they disagreed with the way it was done.

(© 2016 KREM)


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