Stevens County
Department of Public Works

Administration Office
185 E. HawthorneColville, WA 99114
Phone: (509) 684-4548
Fax: (509) 684-7557

Email: publicworks@stevenscountywa.gov 

8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Monday thru Friday
November through March

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday thru Thursday
April through October

Scroll down for various permit information.


Approach Permit:

WHAT IS AN APPROACH PERMIT?
An approach permit is a permit that allows a property owner to access the County road.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN APPROACH PERMIT?
The legal owner of the property or the authorized representation.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
The permit process is initialized by applying for an approach permit. Once completed and returned, with the appropriate fee the property owner will be asked to flag the approach location at the point where it connects to the County Road so that it may be identified for inspection. The inspector will determine if the location has adequate visibility, whether it needs a culvert or not for drainage, etc. Once approved the inspection report will be sent to the property owner. Once the property owner has received the inspection report they can proceed with the installation of the approach. They are then to notify the County when it is completed. At that time a final inspection will be done and if approved, the approved approach permit will be sent to the applicant.

WHO DECIDES IF AN APPROACH PERMIT IS TO BE ISSUED?
An approach permit is issued by the County Engineer.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS AN APPROACH PERMIT?
The process can take 1 to 3 weeks.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Approach Permits cost between $50.00 and $200.00 depending on approach type. Checks should be deposited at the Administrative office.

HOW CAN I GET AN APPLICATION?
Simply click on the link below, print it out, and mail it back to our office with a check made payable to Stevens County for the appropriate amount. It is very important to note that only originals will be allowed due to need to have original signature. (faxed applications are not allowed)
Approach Permit Application
Permit Application’s may be obtained from the Public Works Administration Office. You may request to have one sent to you through the mail by calling (509) 684-4548 or by E-mail: publicwrks@stevenscountywa.gov



Franchise Agreement:

WHAT IS A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?
A Franchise Agreement is an agreement between Stevens County and any citizen or corporate entity wishing to occupy right of way with a utility.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?
Typically any property owner or corporate entity who wants to install a water, electrical, sewer, or other utility over, under, or along a Stevens County road.

WHO DECIDES IF A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT IS TO BE ISSUED?
Franchise Agreements are approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?
It generally takes 6-8 weeks to process a franchise application.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is between $250.00 and $1500.00 depending on franchise type plus a $300.00 permit fee to work on a County road for private property owners.

HOW CAN I GET AN APPLICATION?
Contact our Public Works office.


Oversized/Overweight Vehicle Permit:

WHAT IS A OVERSIZED/OVERWEIGHT VEHICLE PERMIT?
A document provided by Public Works which allows hauling a load or driving a vehicle in excess of the legal weight or size limitations to use a County road.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A OVERSIZED/OVERWEIGHT VEHICLE PERMIT?
Any private citizen, contractor, supplier or other duly licensed individual wishing to utilize the County road system.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA THAT DETERMINES IF A VEHICLE IS OVERSIZED/OVERWEIGHT?
General Criteria

WHO DECIDES IF A OVERSIZED/OVERWEIGHT VEHICLE PERMIT IS TO BE ISSUED?
Oversized/overweight vehicle permits are processed and issued by the County Engineer.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A OVERSIZED/OVERWEIGHT VEHICLE PERMIT?
Typically one day to one week depending on complexity of the application. Complex applications involving traffic control or road closures will take significantly longer to process.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is no fee for oversized/overweight permits.

Permit Application’s may be obtained from the Public Works Administration Office. You may request to have one sent to you through the mail by calling (509) 684-4548 or by E-mail: publicwrks@stevenscountywa.gov


Road Vacations:

WHAT IS A ROAD VACATION?
A road or right-of-way vacation is governed by R.C.W. 36.87. It is a process where land owners can have the public’s interest in roads or right-of-ways removed. Although the right of way may have been vacated, the rights and interests of private individuals and companies may still encumber the road or right-of-way. Utility easements may also still encumber the areas vacated. What is given up in the vacation process is only the right of the general public to use the vacated road or right-of-way.

WHO ASKS FOR A VACATION?
Any landowner who wants the road or right-of-way which abuts their property vacated.

WHO DECIDES IF THE ROAD IS VACATED?
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners is empowered with deciding if a road or right-of-way will be vacated. The Commissioners rely on recommendations from the County Engineer and on testimony at a public hearing which must be held before a road can be vacated. They are responsible for protecting the general public’s interest and the vacation is at their discretion.
When the road has been vacated by operation of law, or statute, the Board of Commissioners generally adopts a resolution recognizing the statutory vacation.

HOW LONG DOES A VACATION TAKE?
It usually takes six to eight weeks before the public hearing can be set. This can be done only after the petition is returned, with the proper signatures, to the Department of Public Works for processing. If the vacation is done by resolution the time and date of the hearing must be posted on the area to be vacated and it also must be published in the public notice section of the official county newspaper.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The petitioning fee is between $250.00 and $750.00 depending on the type of vacation being requested.
Permit Application’s may be obtained from the Public Works Administration Office. You may request to have one sent to you through the mail by calling (509) 684-4548 or by E-mail: publicworks@stevenscountywa.gov