Why Should I Get a Permit?

Permits are important because they provide the surety that your project was constructed legally and to the standards within the Oregon City Municipal and State Building Codes. When you submit a permit application, it will be reviewed to ensure safety for your family and home, protection of the value of your home, peace of mind that the job was safely constructed and in compliance with all standards. Permits assure:

  • The project is soundly designed and safely constructed
  • The project meets energy and water efficiency requirements
  • The project is equipped with public utilities (sewer, water and storm lines)
  • The project is not constructed within a public easement
  • Whether the proposed activity is allowed
  • How the development will impact neighboring properties in terms of daylight, noise, privacy, etc.
  • Architectural compatibility with nearby structures
  • Whether access to the site is safe and whether the amount of traffic generated by the use is within the capacity of surrounding roads whether there is enough open space allowed for recreation and landscaping

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1. What is Planning?
2. What is the Comprehensive Plan?
3. Planning Regulations
4. Why does Infill Happen?
5. What is the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)?
6. How are we Planning for 40 to 50 Years of Regional Growth - What are our Urban and Rural Reserves?
7. What is zoning?
8. How do I Change my Zoning Designation?
9. Why Should I Get a Permit?
10. Who Owns the Property Next to Me?
11. What is the Difference Between a Homeowners Association and a Neighborhood Association?
12. Do I need a Business License?
13. Who is Responsible for Streets, Alleys, and Rights-of-Way?
14. Will the City Repair the Raised Sidewalk in Front of my Home?
15. What is a Street Tree?
16. What is a Planter Strip?
17. What are the Trimming Requirements for Street Trees?
18. Tree Resources
19. How do I File a Code Enforcement Complaint?
20. What is a Concept Plan?
21. What is the Process for Annexation and Who Votes on Annexation Approval?
22. What is an Overlay Zone?
23. What are the regulations for developing in the floodplain?
24. What is the Natural Resource Overlay District?
25. What is the Geologic Hazard Overlay Zone?
26. What is the Difference Between a Minor Partition and a Subdivision?
27. Do Neighborhood Associations Receive Appeal Fee Waivers?