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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.


A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, move or demolish any one- or two-family dwelling or related structure. 

For example:

  • add a room
  • build, demolish, or move a carport, or garage
  • 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.


You do not need a permit to do the following minor repairs and maintenance on a one- or two-family dwelling:

  • tool and storage sheds, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet and a height of 10 feet measured from the finished floor level, to the average height of the roof surface
  • 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.

Last updated: 5/21/2015 2:23:50 PM