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When do you need to get a building permit?

In Oregon, a building permit is typically required for any new construction, addition, alteration, or repair of a building or structure. The permit process is designed to ensure that construction work meets the requirements of building codes and zoning regulations, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Some examples of projects that generally require a building permit in Oregon include:

  • New residential or commercial construction

  • Room additions, remodels or renovations

  • Structural modifications or repairs

  • Electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work

  • Roofing or siding replacements

  • Installation of new windows or doors

  • Fences or retaining walls over a certain height

It is always recommended to check with your local building department to determine whether a permit is required for your specific project. Each city or county in Oregon may have slightly different regulations and requirements for building permits.


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