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Outside Work Permits - Driveways, Patios, Sewer, Water Heaters and More

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Learn more about permits for work being done outside. Get application forms and information about concrete patio permits, decommission permits, driveway permits, private street permits, tree cutting permits, retaining wall permits, sewer connection permits and water heater permits.
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Learn more about permits needed for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work. Find out if you need permits and what kind of permits you need. 

Concrete patio permits 

Add a concrete patio on grade (private property)- contact Planning and Zoning to find out if a Zoning permit is needed.

Driveway permits

  • Add a driveway with new or replacement curb cut- you will need a Zoning permit
  • Add paving for driveway with existing, unaltered curb cut- you will need a Zoning permit

Outside work permits 

  • For grading and clearing, you will need a Site Development permit if there is no structure
  • To build a private street, you will need a Site Development permit

Tree permits

  • For tree regulation inquiries, contact Planning and Zoning to find out if a Zoning permit is needed.
  • Trees may require a Title 11 permit. For more information review ‘Do I Need a Permit?’ or call Urban Forestry.

Retaining walls permits 

Retaining walls taller than 4’ or any wall with sloping backfill or surcharged need a building permit and a Site Development permit for walls in new subdivision.

Sewer connection permits 

  • Connection on property- plumbing permit    
  • Connection in right of way- utility connection 
  • Decommission a septic tank or cesspool- Septic Evaluation permit or included with building permit 
  • Repair in right of way- Utility repair    

Water heater permits 

  • New electric water heater- electrical permit and a plumbing permit        
  • New gas water heater- mechanical permit and a plumbing permit        
  • Replace electric to gas- mechanical permit and a plumbing permit      
  • Replace gas to electric- electrical permit and a plumbing permit    
  • In kind (ie. gas to gas, etc.)- plumbing permit    

Start a new permit application

The related webpages have more information about specific permit types and the permit review process. 

In addition, here are the building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and zoning permit applications: 

Still need help? Schedule a 15-minute appointment 

If you have questions after reviewing the information on this page, we recommend you book a free 15-minute appointment with us. 

This is an optional step. We're here for you if you have questions about the information and materials you need to apply. 

Contact

Permitting General Information

Development Services

Oregon Relay Service711 Oregon Relay Service

Zoning Information Line

Development Services

phone number503-823-7526

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. Leave a message with a phone number, the project address, and your questions.

Oregon Relay Service711 Oregon Relay Service

Site Development Permits and Inspections

phone number503-823-6892

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave a message with detailed information.

Oregon Relay Service711 Oregon Relay Service

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