Do I need to hire a design professional to do the plans?

The plans for most small residential projects, additions, garages and remodels can be done by the homeowner, provided that the drawings comply with the prescriptive requirements of the codes listed on the residential checklist for permit application. Residential or commercial buildings that require engineering, exceed 4 residential units, or exceed 4,000 square feet require a licensed Washington State architect. Additionally, engineering calculations are required for single family residential plans that do not meet the prescriptive requirements for lateral bracing, have other than conventional wood frame construction, are of unusual shape, or have complex supporting structure or site conditions.

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1. How do I get a construction permit?
2. What is the permitting process?
3. When do I need a permit?
4. How much does a permit cost?
5. Do I need a permit to remove a tree on my property?
6. Do I need a permit to put up a fence?
7. How do I convert my house into an Adult Family Home?
8. How do I get a WABO inspection?
9. Is my property connected to sewer?
10. What type of permit do I need for an espresso stand?
11. How to I get a mechanical permit?
12. How do I get an electrical permit?
13. How do I get a plumbing permit?
14. When the Fire Department requires retroactive alarms, what do I need to do?
15. How can I find my property line?
16. When will my permit be ready, and what is the status?
17. What is the structural design criteria for the City of Everett?
18. What is required to apply for a permit?
19. Do I need to hire a design professional to do the plans?
20. What are the garage or accessory building requirements?
21. How close to the property line can I build?
22. How do I get a permit for change of occupancy?
23. Can I act as my own contractor?
24. How long does it take for my permit to be reviewed & issued?
25. When will my permit expire?
26. Can I get electric power to the job site?
27. How do I get a gas service line?
28. How do I reset my password on the Online Permitting Portal
29. How do I retrieve my username for the Online Permitting Portal?