Why do I have to buy a permit to build on my own property?
It is all about safety. Oregon law requires you to obtain permits, even on your own property to ensure that you meet minimum building standards for your own safety and for the safety of future property owners and occupants.
Who is responsible for obtaining permits?
If the property owner is doing the work, he or she is responsible for acquiring all the permits. If you are hiring a contractor to complete the work, you need to confirm that he or she is obtaining the appropriate permits.
Do I have to hire an architect or engineer to design my project and prepare the plans?
Not usually. You only have to hire an architect or engineer when the design or methods used in the construction, alteration, or repair of the structure does not follow the process stated in most current Oregon Residential Specialty Code.
When are plans required?
Plans are required when:
Your project is a new structure.
Your Project increases the area or height of a structure.
Possible, when your project changes the use of a structure.
Also, check with your local planning or zoning department to determine whether a permit for change in use or occupancy is required. email our planning department