The Skamania County Community Development Department consists of the following divisions:

  • Building

    Provides permitting and inspections for all regulated building construction, remodels, roofing, plumbing and mobile home placements for all unincorporated areas in Skamania County.  

  • Planning

    Implements land use provisions contained within the County's Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning, Critical Areas, Shoreline, and National Scenic Area codes. Develops new policies and regulations consistent with community needs.  

  • Environmental Health

    Conducts on-site septic and water system inspections, administers public health programs addressing recreational vehicle parks, public swimming pools, solid waste facilities, and nuisance complaint investigation.


Contacting the Department

The Community Development is the County's "one-stop" permit center for land use project reviews. You can reach us at (509) 427-3900 or by email at permitcenter@co.skamania.wa.us

Visit us in person at the Skamania County Courthouse Annex at 170 NW Vancouver Ave in Stevenson, Washington. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Additional Information

The Skamania County Community Development Department (SCCDD) will no longer provide bottles for water samples or accept water samples to be shipped for laboratory testing. A person or water system operator testing their own water will need to work directly with a certified laboratory. Links to the State Department of Health and State Department of Ecology will be provided on SCCDD’s webpage which will list Washington State certified water testing laboratories. SCCDD staff will continue to directly sample for submitted applications.


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