Don’t give up your property rights in exchange for a building permit.

Make sure that any agreement you sign includes the notation under your signature:
U/D RCW 62A.1-207

RCW 62A.1-207 Performance or acceptance under reservation of rights.

(1) A party who, with explicit reservation of rights performs or promises performance or assents to performance in a manner demanded or offered by the other party does not thereby prejudice the rights reserved. Such words as “without prejudice”, “under protest” or the like are sufficient.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to an accord and satisfaction.

[1993 c 229 § 2; 1965 ex.s. c 157 § 1-207.]


Recovery of attorneys’ fees — Effective date — 1993 c 229: See RCW 62A.11-111and 62A.11-112.


“Many citizens inadvertently sign away their property rights when they sign a contract with government (or a bank or business). Typical in this modern era is a permit to build, improve, buy or sell or relocate something.

A contract is the only means by which a U.S. citizen can give legally up his constitutional rights, since contract is given the highest protection level in our constitution(s). (See Article V in the U.S. Constitution.)

Because in the past, this has been abused heavily by contracting parties to ‘steal’ away constitutional rights, the federal code (Universal Commercial Code) and State RCW adopted simple language to reserve rights under contract., (regardless of what you think you are signing up for. ) The text provided below can be placed under the signature blank of your permit, license (or whatever contract it is that you are signing). By writing that in, no one can come along later and claim that you signed away your rights when you agreed to the terms of your permit or license.

The form is abbreviated, but the meaning should be clear to the person protecting himself. It says that the signature is under duress or protest and that the ‘signee’ is signing while preserving his or her rights.”

Note that a public official cannot thereby refuse to grant you your permit, or deny your right to add this phrase under your signature. Governments attempting to do this are in violation of U.S. Code 42, section 1983 (the U.S. Civil Rights Act) and face very severe penalties if convicted for their actions.

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