All plans submitted by private developers for commercial, industrial and new residential subdivisions are subject to review. This is done to protect the public health and safety and to ensure all new construction conforms to the city's Standard Specifications and Details, Materials List and comprehensive plans, and will function as intended within the city's existing infrastructure.
Any construction work done within the public right-of-way or utility easement requires a city Right-of-Way Construction Permit.
Beginning June 1, 2018, the standard fee for a City of Richland Right-of-Way Construction Permit for a Single Family Residential permit will be increased from $75 to $150.
The permit fees for larger projects requiring construction of public infrastructure will also be changing, per Richland Municipal Code Chapter 12.08.040.
SINGLE FAMILY PERMITS: The fee change for single family right-of-way permits (from $75 to $150) is due to an increase in plan review requirements and the number of field inspections associated with stormwater regulations, erosion control inspections and also a general increase in customer service demands. In 2007 the Washington State Department of Ecology required larger Eastern Washington municipalities to pass and enforce ordinances regulating stormwater runoff from construction sites both during and after construction activities take place. Passage of these local ordinances is in compliance with the Department of Ecology’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) phase II permit and the Federal Clean Water Act. As more regulations and inspections were phased in, the amount of staff time required to process permit applications and the number of field inspections needed per permit have both increased.
COMMERCIAL PROJECTS NOT INSTALLING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE: Commercial projects that are not constructing public infrastructure shall pay a right-of-way permit fee of $250. This fee covers the commercial site plan review, the erosion control and storm water system review, water & sewer service line connections and the installation of driveways and sidewalks.
SUBDIVISION & LARGER COMMERCIAL PERMITS: The right-of-way permit fee for larger projects that require construction of public infrastructure (e.g. residential subdivisions, commercial projects needing fire hydrants, frontage improvements, etc.) has also changed. The applicant shall now pay a plan review fee based on a cost-per-sheet of engineering infrastructure plans. This public infrastructure plan review fee shall apply each time a project is submitted for review. This fee will be $100 per sheet for commercial projects and $400 per sheet for subdivision infrastructure review. This fee only applies to the pertinent civil infrastructure sheets. This fee is also subject to revision in the future.
Prior to the issuance of the right-of-way construction permit a permit fee to cover the administrative and inspection costs shall also be paid in the amount of three percent (3%) of the estimated construction cost of the new city infrastructure. This is down from the previous fee of 5%. This fee shall be calculated using the City’s infrastructure cost estimating tool which is available on the Public Works webpage. This cost estimating tool shall be updated regularly by the director to reflect the current local market for typical per-unit material costs. The content and format of engineering plans shall conform to standards established by the Public Works Director.
Click HERE for the latest Application & Submittal Checklist to be submitted with each set of plans. A copy of the Public Infrastructure Cost Estimating Tool is also to be submitted along with the Application & Submittal Checklist.
For additional information, please read our guidelines and requirements: