Generally, a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, demolish, 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.
WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING (STRUCTURAL) PERMIT?
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, move or demolish any one- or two-family dwelling or related structure.
- add a room
- build, demolish, or move a carport, garage, or shed of more than 200 square feet
- finish an attic, garage, or basement to make additional living space
- cut a new window or door opening, or widen existing openings
- move, remove, or add walls
- apply roofing when all of the old roofing is removed and new sheathing is installed
- build a stairway
- build a retaining wall more than four feet high
- building a deck more than 30 inches above grade
- put up a fence more than six feet high
If you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, please call Building Services at 541-258-4906.
WHAT CAN I DO WITHOUT A PERMIT?
You do not need a permit to do the following minor repairs and maintenance on a one- or two-family dwelling:
paint buildings that are not historic landmarks
blow insulation into existing homes
put up storm windows
install window awnings not more than 54 inches deep that are supported by an exterior wall and do not project beyond the property line
replace interior wall, floor, or ceiling covering, such as wallboard or sheet vinyl
put up shelving or cabinets
install gutters and downspouts (a plumbing permit may still be required for stormwater disposal)
replace or repair siding on a wall that is three feet or more from a property line
replace or repair as much as two layers of roofing, if there is no replacement of sheathing
replace doors or windows if the existing openings aren't widened
build a fence up to 6 feet high
pave a walkway
build a patio or deck that is not more than 30 inches above grade
Being exempt from a permit does not mean that you can do work that would violate any law or ordinance. Code standards must be met, even when a permit is not required.