King County offers free earthquake retrofit permits
April 13, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. April 13, 2010
Some unincorporated King County residents might qualify for free home earthquake retrofit permits.
Residents qualify for a free permit if their home has a wood-frame construction, lightweight roof and a reinforced concrete foundation. Other criteria call for the home to be situated on a relatively level lot and two stories or less in height. Find the complete criteria for a free permit here.
Contact Public information and Records Officer Paula Adams at 206-296-6682 to learn more about earthquake retrofit permits.
Free permits can usually be issued over the counter if residents submitted a complete application. Homes that do not meet criteria for a free permit can also receive a retrofit permit, but the process takes more time and the applicant must pay permit-review fees.
“I hope more people will take advantage of this important program,” department Director John Starbard said in a news release. “Our region dealt with the impacts of the Nisqually earthquake in 2001 and, although that event was not of the same magnitude as more recent international earthquake disasters, modern building codes minimized the physical and economic damage of the 2001 quake for the benefit of the entire region.”