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How to Apply for a Permit

We are now offering the complete permitting process online.

Our complete permitting process is now online, and all of our development permits are submitted and processed digitally!  For more information on how to apply for a permit, please read the instructions on the tabs below. 

For more information on how to apply for a permit, please read the instructions on the tabs below. 

While we are no longer accepting paper submittals, we are happy to help you with submittal options – we are available by phone at 503-742-4400, via email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in person assistance at our counter during limited business hours). You are also welcome to  schedule a ZOOM appointment to arrange to meet with one of our permit specialists.

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Homeowner Basic

Decide if an electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is right for you and download and fill out the application(s)

This process is for homeowners who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work on your own residence or your home based business.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your home’s, electrical/wiring, mechanical fixtures and plumbing systems. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.

  • Electrical Permits — For a homeowner to update the wiring and electricity.
  • Mechanical Permits — For a homeowner to make changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, woods stoves and more.
  • Plumbing Permit — For a homeowner to update water, sewer or storm drain lines/fixtures.

Not sure where to start or which application you need?
Contact us at 503-742-4240 or bldservice@clackamas.us

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your completed forms to: bldservice@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Project description
    • Owner’s statement
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • EXAMPLE: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • Once you have emailed your application, it can take about three (3) business days to process your trade permit.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Trade Contractor

Go to Accela

This process is for Licensed Construction Contractors Board (CCB) contractors who are doing mechanical, electrical or plumbing work.

These applications typically have a quick turnaround time and do not require plan review.

Licensed CCB contractors can apply online for trade permits (electrical, plumbing and residential mechanical) that do not require plan review.

Register for an account if you’re a new user

Visit our online permitting system to register for an account.

Give us a call at 503.742.4240 if you have problems registering.

Apply for your trade permit online

Once you have set up an account, you can apply for your electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online!

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

All Other Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you will need for your project and download and fill out the application(s)

There are several types of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  Please take the time to clearly describe the work being permitted.

  • Agricultural — for updating agricultural buildings, equine and marijuana facilities, storage buildings related to forestry or changing the grade/slope of these kinds of properties. (Make sure you have carefully reviewed the criteria for EXEMPT structures.)
  • Commercial — a structural permit for the construction or modification of a commercial building.  Multiple forms are required.
    • Building — a structural permit for remodeling, constructing or adding on square footage.  This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms – each of these systems must be submitted as a separate structural permit.
    • Electrical — Combined with a building permit, for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home or business.
    • Fire Alarm — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire alarm system.
    • Fire Sprinkler — a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Interior Plumbing — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Mechanical — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
    • Medical Gas — a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – Private Property — a permit for exterior plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm system).  Does not include underground fire lines.
    • Plumbing – Public Right of Way/Easement — a permit for plumbing site work and work in the public right of way or easement.  You will need an Engineering - Development Permit for road and site work associated with a commercial building permit.
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines — a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
  • Grading — for changing the slope of your property by backfill or excavation.
  • Manufactured Dwelling — for making updates to your mobile home, trailer or manufactured home.
  • Mechanical Permits — Combined with a building permit, for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, and more.
  • Renewable Energy — related to solar energy, water efficiency and other renewable energies.
  • Single Family Residential or duplexes — a structural permit for the construction of a new one or two-family home.  Multiple forms are required. 

Prepare your plans and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings.  We have transitioned to electronic plan review, so please use our naming conventions to help keep project drawings organized.

  • All documents must be sent as PDFs.
  • Plans must be legible, and to scale with correct dimensions.
  • Plans and drawings must be in landscape/horizontal orientation.
  • If you need help scanning your drawings, a local printing shop may be able to help.

Review the file naming guides for the type of permit you are applying for:

Download and fill out the Project Description

Tell us in detail what you’re planning to do in your home by completing the Project Description worksheet.

Download and fill out the Property Owner’s Statement

If you own your home and you are doing the work yourself, Oregon Law requires residential permit applicants who are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board to sign the Property Owner’s Statement before a permit can be issued.

Draw your site plan

As part of your application for a building permit, you must submit a site plan. Please use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

One copy of the site plan must be drawn to scale on 8 1/2” X 11” or 8 1/2” X 14” paper.

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot) You can copy the Taxlot Number from CMap by performing a search for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)Taxlot Number
  • Direction of North
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainageways
  • Relative elevations (1) At lot corners or construction area, and (2) At building site

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • We can accept a check in person during our business hours
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email your PDFs as organized and named in Step 2, above to: bldapplications@clackamas.us
    • New Application; YOUR ADDRESS”
    • Example: New Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • Permits staff will review for completeness and fees due. Only the PLAN REVIEW FEES (intake fees) will be charged when the application is submitted.
  • We can only accept PDF file types.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Review your progress

It can take up to a week to get your information into our system. Once we have created a permit in the system, you’ll be able to track progress through our online portal. (Tips for accessing Permit Status.)

Receive your permit

  • A permit plan review can take between three (3) to seven (7) weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Use these instructions to download your approved permit.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Please note, COVID-19 has changed the way we work.

  • We are inspecting all types of work, except inside occupied residences.
  • In occupied residences, we are limiting inspections to critical life/safety issues (gas line, heating, electrical, plumbing systems related to potable water, sanitation, etc.), and may inspect by video or other methods. 

Help us follow state safety guidelines by: 

  • Ensuring and maintaining social distancing for all inspection staff onsite
  • Limiting the number of workers on jobsites during inspections
  • If anyone exhibits signs of illness at the inspection site, please wait to schedule your inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

Please note that inspectors have been given discretion to assess the safety of an inspection site and to reschedule the inspection if they believe they cannot perform the work safely.  

Septic

Decide what type of septic permit is right for you and download the forms

This is the permitting process the installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems on homes and businesses not served by community sewer systems.

These permits cover updates and repairs you’re making to your septic system. There are several kinds of permits, and depending on your project, you may need more than one.  

Authorization Notice
To place into service, re-connect to, change the use of or increase the projected daily sewage flow (for example, adding a new bedroom) into an existing septic system.

Existing System Review
To confirm the location of an existing system, generally for a Building permit, when there are insufficient septic records on file.

Site Evaluations
To evaluate the soil prior to designing or installing a new or replacement drainfield.  This is also the first step for constructing a new septic system.

Construction Permits 
To replace, repair or install a septic system.

Not sure where to start or which application you need? Contact us at 503-742-4740 or soilsconcern@clackamas.us.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
We can accept a check by mail (made out to Clackamas County), but we will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.

In person / mail
We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail: 

Clackamas County
Attn: SEPTIC
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the applicant name or the street address on the memo line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed forms(each document listed under Step 1, above, must be submitted for an application for that type of permit) and the credit card authorization, to: soilsconcern@clackamas.us.
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Septic System Application; 150 Beavercreek Road

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Begin work and call for your inspections

  • Call the inspection request line at 503-742-4720.

Engineering

Decide what type of permit is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the permitting process for driveways, work in or connected to the right of way, site work, filming, races and rides.

These permits cover events and work in, or connected to the road right-of-way. There are several kinds of permits.

  • Development Permit – For road and/or site work associated with a development project including a partition, subdivision, or industrial, institutional, multi-family or commercial development.
  • Entrance Permit – For relocating, modifying, extending or installing driveways.
  • Film Permit – Clackamas County is a great place to film television shows and movies!
  • Motor Carrier Permits – For oversize or heavy moves across county roads.
  • Group Ride – Traffic review for Non-Competitive Group Bike Rides.
  • Utility Placement  – Utility work done in the right-of-way.
  • Right of Way – For sidewalk and driveway repair/resurfacing and minor paving.
  • Right of Way Block Party – For small scale events that close a residential street.
  • Right of Way Event – For bicycle/run/walk/parade events in the right of way.
  • Road Closure – To request a road closure.
  • Road Easement Vacation – To request vacation of an existing road easement.

Not sure which permit you need? Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application? Email us at engineering@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4691.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail
Please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: ENGINEERING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference your permit number on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: engineering@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS
    • Example: New Driveway Entrance Permit Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness and fees due.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please contact us to discuss alternatives or split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
    line.

Receive your permit

  • Permits staff will email your payment receipt and permit to you.
  • Please have a copy of the permit onsite.

Planning

Verify your property zoning and allowable uses

You can verify your property zoning on CMap by performing a search for your address.

Property Zoning

Look up your zone designation in the County Zoning and Development Ordinance to learn more about your zoning and the allowable uses.

Decide whether a land use application is right for you and download the application(s) that best fits your project.

This is the land use application process for residential, commercial and industrial development land use applications.  Our most common land use applications are listed below, additional forms can be found on our website.

Not sure which permit you need?  Not sure what drawings or supporting documents are needed for us to review the application?  Email us at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or give us a call at 503-742-4500.

Paying for your permit

Email authorization
Download and fill out the Credit Card Authorization to allow us to charge your credit card for your Permit Fees.

By phone
If you would prefer to give us your credit card information over the phone – just put a note in your email with the proper contact information when you submit your permit.  We will give you a call when we are ready for payment.

In person / mail

We can accept a check in person during our business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

You can send us a check in the mail:

Clackamas County
Attn: PLANNING
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when paying by check:

  • We will have to keep your submittal on hold until we receive the funds.
  • The check needs to be made out to: Clackamas County.
  • Reference the APPLICANT NAME or the STREET ADDRESS on the MEMO line of the check.

Submit all documentation and payment

  • Email the rest of your completed application forms to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
    • Application(s)
    • Required additional documents
    • Credit card authorization
  • The subject line must read:
    • New [TYPE OF APPLICATION] Application; YOUR ADDRESS (unless the site has no address)
    • Example: New Non-Conforming Use Application; 150 Beavercreek Rd

Please note:

  • We can only accept .PDF file types.
  • Send the Credit Card Authorization as a separate PDF so we can delete it after use. 
  • Staff will review for completeness.
  • We can accept attachments of up to 40MB total per email. If attachments are larger than that, please split the package into separate emails with one consistent subject line.
  • If you are unable to submit your plans electronically, please contact our staff for an alternative.  You can reach us by phone at 503-742-4500, via email at zoninginfo@clackamas.us, or you can stop by to obtain in-person assistance at our counter during limited business hours (please see our Customer Services hours at the bottom of this page).

Customer Service Hours

Staff are available by email and phone:

  • Monday - Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Our offices are open to the public:

  • Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.