Fire Permit Process

Welcome to the Mount Vernon Fire Department permit section. Our Fire Marshal and permit staff is located at 1901 North LaVenture Road across from Skagit Valley College. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Washington State is an International Code State. What this means is Washington State Building Code Council adopts the International Code family that is published by the International Code Council on a three year rotation. Washington State amends areas of the published code to meet the topography and demographics of our State. The code as adopted is required to be enforced by local jurisdictions like the City of Mount Vernon. The City may choose to enforce codes not adopted by the State and has the ability to modify an adopted code as long as it is more restrictive. These changes are found in the Mount Vernon Municipal Code 15.08.

Frequently asked Questions

Do I need a permit?

The International Fire Code requires a permit to be issued to the property owner or authorized agent who intends to conduct an operation or business or install or modify a regulated system by the fire code. The following are the permit categories:

a. Construction

b. Operational

c. Special Events

How long is a permit good for?

The permit is good for 180 days after its issuance. An extension of 180 days may be approved where the permit has not expired and the permittee is not able to complete the permit work within the 180 days.

Can I submit online?

Currently the Mount Vernon Fire Department is not set up to take online applications or review documents online. You can download our permit application and drop it off or mail it to 1901 N. LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA  98273. 

 How long does a project review take?

The Mount Vernon Fire Department works diligently to review and prepare comments within 14 days of a completed application being submitted. When a heavy project review work load occurs the review process may take longer than the 14 days.

What are the fees?

The fee schedule has been approved by our City Council and can be found here.