Building Permits & Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions


Safety: Building codes give reasonable assurance a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and health risks. The permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and inspections conducted on the project. A building inspector ensures the work is done safely and to code when you obtain a permit.

Resale Value: Some homeowners find when trying to sell or refinance their homes, prospective buyers or lending institutions want proof that alterations are in compliance with local codes. There is no proof without a permit and inspection on record. The homeowner must then apply for a permit with no guarantee the remodel will meet the codes, and face the possibility the remodel must be redone or removed. This could delay refinancing or cost a sale of the home.

A permit is needed to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.

Feel free to reach out to the Building Department by calling (503) 667-6211 or for more information about permits and your project.

Use our Residential Permits brochure to learn which common home projects may require a permit.

When Permits Are Required

When Permits Are Not Required


It is the responsibility of the property owner or contractor to contact the City prior to construction to ensure all necessary permits are obtained.

For electrical work, Oregon law requires the electrical contractor to be responsible for obtaining the permit. Electrical permits are non-transferable.

Building permit applications can be found by clicking on the project-specific permit under the Permits tab. Applications can be submitted to the Building Specialist at City Hall, by emailing, or by completing the online application below.

Instructions for Filling Out Application Electronically

A few permits are available to fill out electronically. If downloading on a computer or mobile device, you will need to have a PDF-viewing application, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Permits not available to fill out electronically will need to be printed, filled and signed, scanned, and emailed to or uploaded in the form below.

On a Computer

  1. Click on the project-specific permit under the Permits tab
  2. Fill out the required sections
  3. Download the PDF with your changes
  4. Open with Adobe Acrobat Reader
  5. Sign electronically by clicking in the Authorized Signature field
  6. Save your changes
  7. Email to or upload in the form below

On a Mobile Device

  1. Click on the project-specific permit under the Permits tab
  2. Download the PDF
  3. Open with the Adobe Acrobat Reader app
  4. Fill out the form & sign electronically by clicking on the Pencil Icon in the lower right corner
  5. Save your changes
  6. Email to or upload in the form below

If submitting online, a complete PDF version of the permit application must be attached.

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (503) 667-6211.

Permit payments can be made online using the City’s online payment portal. No payment is required until after your permit application has been approved by City staff.

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Electronic Permit Submission

  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 50 MB.
      Upload the necessary permits, plans, and other supporting documents in PDF format / Subir los permisos, planos y otros documentos necesarios en formato PDF

    All permit application approvals include two building inspections. All permit projects require a final inspection to officially close a permit or to receive a Certificate of Occupancy or other acknowledgement of completion.

    Inspections are performed daily between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Most inspections can be conducted the next business day after a request is received. Please call City Hall at 503-667-6211 or use the How Do I Schedule an Inspection? tab to schedule an inspection.

    Inspection requests for a particular day must be requested no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the requested date.

    To schedule an inspection, use the form below or call City Hall at (503) 667-6211.

    Request an Inspection