HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BUILDING OR MANUFACTURED DWELLING PLACEMENT PERMIT?
Make written application with the Building Program. The staff will coordinate your application with the Planning and Subsurface Sanitation Programs.
WHAT IS A PLAN REVIEW?
The Plans Examiner will review your plans to ensure that your proposed construction is consistent with the building code. This process will take from two to six weeks, depending on the workload. If a septic permit, or planning approval, is applied for at the same time, your plan review may take additional time. When a plan review is complete, the Building Program will let you know that your permit is ready to be issued.
HOW SOON MUST CONSTRUCTION BEGIN?
Unless it is renewed, your building or manufactured dwelling placement permit requires that construction begin within 180 days after it is issued. If you have unexpected long delays during your building process, you may apply for one 180 day extension.
WHERE DO I GET A HOUSE NUMBER?
The Rural Addressing section will assign a number to your property when an application is submitted for a house construction permit or a manufactured dwelling placement permit. Please make every effort to ensure that the number is posted on the property in one or more locations that can be clearly seen from the road. This is not only a convenience to your friends and visitors, but is an extremely important aid to emergency services personnel who may be responding for your benefit. You will need planning clearance before we can assign a house number to your property.
WHAT IF I PLAN TO BUILD MY OWN HOME AND AM UNFAMILIAR WITH REQUIREMENTS?
The Building Program is prepared to help you through this part of the process. Do not hesitate to call them. Most construction is done by licensed contractors who, by state law, must be registered with the State of Oregon Construction Contractor's Board (Builder's Board).
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE WHEN MY BUILDING PERMIT IS APPROVED?
1. An approved set of plans to be kept at the job site for use with the construction
2. A copy of the building permit
3. A permit card to be posted at the building site
4. Instructions for inspections appointments (listed on the back of the building permit)
CAN I MAKE CHANGES IN MY PLANS AFTER APPROVAL?
You may, provided the changes are first approved by the Building Official. When altering plans, contact the building inspector working with you on your project.
WHAT OTHER PERMITS MAY BE CONNECTED WITH CONSTRUCTION OF MY HOME OR PLACING MY MANUFACTURED DWELLING?
You will need an Electrical permit from the Building Program for all electrical work except in certain cities, which issue their own permits. Check with the Building Program for further information on permit applications.
If you are doing the wiring yourself, you must purchase the permit. Otherwise, it must be obtained by a licensed electrician.
Special rules apply if you are installing a manufactured dwelling on your own property. You must obtain an Electrical permit from our office for the power pole, service box and meter box. The manufactured dwelling permit from the county includes the plumbing permit which covers the sewer installation from the septic tank/sewer to the manufactured dwelling, the plumbing installation from the well/water main to the manufactured dwelling, the electrical feeder from the service box to the manufactured dwelling and the manufactured dwelling setup (installation) permit.
WHAT OTHER SORTS OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WILL NEED PERMITS?
All construction and remodels including:
Garages and carports
Docks and wharves
Agricultural Structures (a Planning application is needed)
Fences over six feet in height
Manufactured Dwelling accessories (cabanas, decks, additions, carports, etc.)
Interior remodeling requiring any change in structure
If your water or sewer hookup, or any other work contemplated, is to be installed within the public road right-of-way, you will need a permit from the Lane County Public Works Department. Prior to issuing the permit, the department will require a plan showing the details of the work proposed to be done. After approval of the permit, it will be your responsibility to have the work done in accordance with the plans and permit conditions.
WHAT ABOUT A DRIVEWAY?
If the access to your site is from a county road or street, you will need a Facility permit from the County Public Works Department to construct a driveway. The permit pertains only to that portion of the driveway that will be within the public right-of-way. When your application is received, a Public Works area foreman will look at the proposed driveway location (you should flag or otherwise mark the exact spot). He will determine how entrance to and from the county road can be made safely and whether or not a driveway culvert is required. After approval of the permit, it will be your responsibility to have the driveway constructed in accordance with permit provisions. A Public Works inspector will check the installation if requested during the progress of the work and will make a final inspection after the job is completed.