Permit Center

Welcome to the Cowlitz County online permit center! The Operations Division is responsible for the daily operations of the Heart of the Department - the Permit Center! Below you will find some helpful information on getting your project started.

ACCELA Citizen Access

ACCELA Citizen Access (ACA) is Building and Planning new online permit portal. You can now apply for permits online, view permit history, schedule inspections, and view most inspection results immediately after the inspection occurs.

Online Permit System - ACA

Applying for a permit online allows you to get the permit started from your home or office. A visit to our department will be necessary at some point to pay application fees and supply any documentation that may be missing.

Please note that only permits applied for after November 17, 2014 will be able to take advantage of the functionality of the new system. Older permits will continue to use the previous permit system portal found here.


Links to applications and forms by department.


Fee schedules for permits and processes.


What to expect in the permit process.