Public Works Building Services

The mission of the Building Services is to provide quality services to the community in a manner that is comprehensive, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful to the public. The Building Services administers the City's building and specialty codes including application and plan review, permit issuance, inspections, and final approvals in order to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of La Center by regulating the construction, use, and occupancy of buildings.

Building permits are required for new construction and most alterations to existing buildings in the City of La Center. Other structures or activities requiring permitting include excavation and grading, fences, retaining walls, swimming pools and spas, accessory buildings and other structures including decks. Some exceptions may apply.

Questions: If you're not sure about something, please contact us first, before commencing activities.

Checklist for Building Permit Approval


The following is a single family building permit checklist of what you will need to provide us:
  • One (1) completely filled out and signed Master Permit Application.
  • Two (2) copies of the building plans, with dimensions, elevations, structural calculations if non-perscriptive, parking access and landscaping.
  • Provide any additional required supporting information including geotechnical report, foundation engineering and lateral analysis, if applicable.
  • Two (2) copies of a site plan with a vicinity map. Site plan should be to scale, show relationship of proposed structure to existing structures and features and utilities; distances to property lines; show driveways and access with dimensions.
  • Two (2) copies of a dimensioned site plan showing drainage and erosion control measures.
  • One (1) completed Erosion Control Permit Application.
  • One (1) completed Sewer Connection Application.
  • One (1) Right-of-Way Permit Application.

Meet our Team

Civil Construction Inspector, Jeromy Wirkus
Associate Planner, Naomi Hansen