Do you need a permit for your building project? Here’s what you need to know.

The process for getting a permit for a building project can be confusing. Do you need a permit, or do you not need a permit? Here’s what you need to know…

Work that is exempt from a permit: 

  1. non-habitable one story detached accessory structures not exceeding 200 square feet
  2. Fences under 7 feet tall
  3. Concrete sidewalks and driveways
  4. General building repairs (siding, painting, etc)
  5. Decks no more than 30 inches above adjacent grade
  6. Door and window replacement (where no structural member is changed)

(Note: refer to the Oregon Residential Building Code, Section R105.2 for further exceptions.) 

We do not participate in the permit process. It is the responsibility of the owner or contractor to get appropriate building permits. However, If we do structural drawings for you; they will be permit-ready. 

If we do engineering for your project, and it does not pass the permit building review process, what then? If it is a drawing or calculation error on our end, we will correct the error at no cost. If it is a change in scope from what was originally agreed upon, then we will bill out the time accordingly.