How to Apply for a Permit

Our complete permitting process is now online, and all of our building codes and development engineering permits are submitted and processed digitally using Development Direct.

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Use Development Direct for...

  • All Development Engineering permits, including:
    • Development Permits
    • Entrance Permits (Driveway)
    • Right of Way Permits
    • Utility Permits
  • All Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits that require a plan review

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Use the "How To Apply for a Permit" page for...

  • Trade contractor Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits that do not require a plan review
  • Basic homeowner Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits that do not require a plan review
  • Septic permits
  • Land Use permits

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At this time, you must use the Chrome or Firefox browser to access Development Direct.

While we no longer accept paper submittals, we are happy to help you with options. Call us at 503-742-4400, email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us, stop by for in-person assistance at our counter during business hours or schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.

If you do not have a computer, or need assistance with online services, you can make an appointment and reserve your spot for assistance at our Development Direct kiosk. Making an appointment reserves the kiosk for your use with a staff member and allows us to provide the quality of service that every customer needs and deserves.

Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

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Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Related Information
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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

Development Direct logo
Enter Development Direct

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

Development Direct logo
Enter Development Direct

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

Development Direct logo
Enter Development Direct

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Related Information
Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

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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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

Development Direct logo
Enter Development Direct

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Related Information
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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Related Information
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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Building Permits

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Agricultural Exemption for new, or updates to, agricultural buildings for farm use, equine and marijuana, and storage buildings related to forestry. (Make sure you review the criteria for EXEMPT structures.) NOTE: If an exemption is approved, no inspections are required.
Commercial for constructing or altering a commercial building or commercial space. Multiple permits are often required. Please see below list of potential permits needed for a project.
  • Building/Structural Permits
    Types of work requiring Building Permits (referred to as "structural permits " to distinguish from the umbrella term "building permits ")
    • Building/Structural
      a structural permit for remodeling/altering existing spaces (tenant improvements), constructing new or adding on square footage. (This does not include underground fire lines, fire sprinklers or fire alarms — each of these systems must be applied for separately.)
    • Underground Fire (UG) Lines
      a structural permit for exterior underground fire lines (may include vaults, private hydrants, fire department connections, etc.)
    • Fire Sprinkler
      a structural permit for installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system.
    • Walk in refrigerator/ freezer
      a structural building permit is required to install walk in refrigerator and freezers
    • Fire Alarm
      a structural permit for the installation of an FNPA 72 alarm system.
  • Mechanical Permits for making changes to various mechanical units, such as heating/cooling, piping, venting, refrigeration and more.
  • Electrical Permits for installing or updating the wiring and electricity in your home business or commercial building. Low voltage systems also require an electrical permit.
  • Plumbing Permits:
    types of work requiring Plumbing Permits
    • Interior Plumbing
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of interior plumbing systems.
    • Medical Gas
      a plumbing permit for the installation or modification of a medical gas system.
    • Plumbing – "Site work" on Private Property
      a plumbing permit for exterior site plumbing on private property (including water service, rain drains, sewer and storm systems) located in a private easement. Does not include underground fire lines (see Underground Fire (UG) Lines above)

Note:"Site work " for new water, sewer or storm located in the Public Right of Way or in a public easement, will require a Development Engineering permit.

Grading for changing the slope or grade of your property by backfill or excavation
Manufactured Dwelling for new installations of, or updates to, mobile homes, trailers or manufactured homes.
Mechanical Permits 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 Multiple permits are required for the construction of a new one or two-family home, or in most situations for an addition or modification to a one or two family home. These permits are listed below. The One & Two Family Dwelling Checklist provides additional guidance on the information and documents needed for a new one or two-family home project.
  • Building Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application

Contact Planning and Septic

After you decide which permit is right for you, connect with County Planning , or for our partner jurisdictions the Cities of Canby and Molalla, to understand the land use requirements, necessary permits and submittals for your project. (You can check your jurisdiction by using CMap and performing a search for your address).

If your project will use a septic system (including revising or adding capacity to an existing system), also check with County Septic about the permit requirements prior to developing your project plans and documents.

Failure to coordinate with Planning and Septic prior to submitting an application could substantially extend review times or lead to your submittal being rejected during Land Use or Septic review.

Prepare your site plan

As part of your building permit application you must submit a site plan. The site plan can be created by the project architect, engineer, or designer, or you can use this example site plan and template to draw your proposed development then convert it to a PDF format. This plan must show all of the items listed below (where relevant).

Items to include in a Site Plan

  • 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 searching for your address. (Example: 32E05C 00812)
    finding your tablet number with CMap
  • Direction of north
  • Driveway location and location of adjacent streets
  • Proposed and existing structures
  • Location of any existing wells on this or adjacent properties (if not on public water)
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area  (if not on public sewer)
  • Approximate ground slope and direction of the slope
  • Proposed setbacks from all property lines
  • Position of all creeks, streams, ponds, springs, or other drainage-ways
  • Relative elevations at lot corners or construction area, and at the building site

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. We have transitioned to electronic plan review, and do not accept paper submittals. The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents.

Please note:  

  • 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.  
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions as provided on the Development Direct webpage.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need, connect with Planning and Septic (if needed), and prepare your drawings and documents, you are ready to submit in Development Direct. To begin this process and review instructions, go to the Development Direct webpage.  Already familiar with Development Direct?  Access the system directly.  You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User's Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

  • It takes up to 10 business days for initial pre-screen/intake review of your permit documents before your project is set-up in the system.
  • Plan review takes three to seven weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Watch your Development Direct account for information regarding payments, requests for additional information and for when to download your approved drawings.

When you are ready to submit, enter Development Direct using the button below.

Development Direct logo
Enter Development Direct

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits and approved drawings directly in Development Direct.  Print a color copy of all approved plans, documents, and permits, and be sure to have these documents on-site for inspections. Your plans will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed later on, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permit

Begin work and call for your inspections

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Answers to common questions.
For general questions or record requests:
Email:
bldservice@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4240
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Our customer service representatives are available.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond to you the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours..
Email Email at dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by our counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Related Information
Development Engineering

Decide which permit(s) you need for your project

Development Engineering Permits

Utility Permits
  • Utility work and associated repairs in the public right of way
  • Utility potholing
  • Emergency work — although emergency work may initially be completed without a permit, but a Utility Permit is required soon as practicable and we ask that you contact us right away
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

Notes:

  • "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of a Development Permit. "Dry" (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of a Development Permit, but may be installed as a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.
  • Other preliminary utility explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit (see below).
  • Utility work not requiring a permit:
    • o Over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole) that does not affect the flow or safety of users of the transportation system.
    • Utility work on private property.
Development Permits
  • Public improvements, and private access and circulation work for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family (including apartments and condominiums) developments, subdivisions, partitions or other land use approvals
  • Improvements in the public right of way that:
    • Involve bridges, walls or other structures
    • Significantly impact drainage
    • Exceed the parameters of an Entrance or Right of Way permit (see below)
  • Dedication of public right of way or easements as part of land development
  • Work that involves environmental resource land use or environmental permitting outside a surface water management district
  • Erosion control work not related to other permits

Note: "Wet" (sewer, storm and water) utility work associated with a development must be permitted as part of the Development Permit. “Dry” (gas, electric, telecommunications) utility work is preferably included as part of the Development Permit, but may be installed with a separate Utility Permit. All utility work associated with a development must be completed to satisfy the requirements of a Development Permit.

Entrance Permits
  • New, upgraded or extended residential, agricultural or logging driveways
  • Review of adequate fire-fighting vehicle access for new structures
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with driveways

Note: An Entrance Permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if land use requirements call for a construction management plan/erosion control plan; there are steep slopes, major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require more in-depth review.

Right of Way Permits

Miscellaneous activities in the public right of way including:

  • Minor sidewalk repair/replacement (excluding curb ramps)
  • Ditch work
  • Temporary road closures
  • Temporary traffic control not related to another permit
  • Paving on a local access road not related to land development
  • Block parties or organized bike, run, walk or parade events
  • Film and media (Please start here. You will not apply through Development Direct unless instructed by staff.)
  • Revocable encroachments (privately-owned structures and facilities placed in the right of way)
  • Road vacations (converting a public road to a private road)
  • Permanent installation of gates and signs (traffic control, tourist, hamlet and village)
  • Coring and other underground explorations
  • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with work in the right-of-way

Notes:

  • This permit may be upgraded to a Development Permit if there is major grading and/or fill, surface water management review or other items that require in depth review.
  • Temporary road closure applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested road closure date to account for the two-week public notice period
  • Revocable encroachments can take several weeks to process.
  • Utility potholing while boring is covered as a Utility Permit, while other preliminary explorations such as coring are completed as a Right of Way Permit.

Still not sure which permit you need? Email engineering@clackamas.us or call 503-742-4691.

Prepare your drawings and documents

You’ll need to submit project drawings and documents. Detailed submittal requirements for each permit type are provided below:

The guidelines on the Development Direct webpage provide information on how to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals. Please note:

  • 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.
  • All drawings and documents must use the County naming conventions — the Development Direct webpage provides directions on how to name all your files.

The Development Direct webpage provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

Submit and manage your project

After you determine what permits you need and the submittal requirements, you are ready to apply in Development Direct. After you apply, you will be sent an email with instructions of what drawings and documents are needed.

To begin this process and review instructions, go to Development Direct webpage. Already familiar with Development Direct? Access the system directly.

You will use Development Direct to respond to reviewer comments and monitor the progress of your project. The Development Direct webpage and User’s Guide provide information on how to perform these tasks in the system.

The quality of your submittal can greatly affect timelines. 

Typical permit review timelines (subject to workload and staffing):

Permit Type Initial Review Time Subsequent Resubmittal Review Time
Development Permit 4–8 weeks Less than two weeks
Entrance Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Right of Way Permit Less than a week Typically not required
Utility Permit 1–2 days Typically not required

Watch your Development Direct account and email for information about payments, requests for additional information and notification of when you can download your approved drawings.

Receive permits and download drawings

When your project is approved and your permits are ready, you will receive your permits, approved drawings, and permit conditions in Development Direct. You are responsible for ensuring compliance with these documents, and should have them on-site for inspections. Your documents will be permanently stored in Development Direct, so if they are lost or destroyed, you can log in and download them again.

Visit our Development Direct page for complete instructions to access your permits.

Begin work and call for your inspections

Your permit provides information about:

  • What inspections are required
  • Who to contact for required inspections

Request inspections at least two business days prior to the work. If you are unable to schedule your inspection within 24 hours of when you requested the inspection, contact us at engineering@clackamas.us or 503-742-4691.

Need more help?

Answers to common questions can be found here.
Email:
engineering@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-742-4691
Still have questions? Contact us. Our customer service representatives are available to help.

Cell phone Call 503-742-4400. We’ll answer in-person during office hours (Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or respond the next business day if you leave a message outside of office hours.
Email Email dtdcustomerInfo@clackamas.us.
Video conferencing Schedule a ZOOM appointment to meet with a permit specialist.
In person assistance

Stop by for general help on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during office hours: Mon–Thurs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours. Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Related Information
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 8 a.m. to 4 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

  • If it was required, email your Land Use Compatibility Statement to: zoninginfo@clackamas.us.
  • 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Related Information
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 8 a.m. to 4 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).

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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

Paying by credit/debit card

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.

Please note: When paying by credit card, bank service fees will apply.

Paying with cash or check in person

To pay with cash or check, visit us at our permitting counter on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.  If using a check, please wait to write the check until we confirm the amount due and provide you with a permit number.

  • Our permitting counter is located on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • We can accept a cash and check in person payment during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Checks by mail or dropbox 

You may also mail your check or deposit a check in the Development Services dropbox located outside our building at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. 

  • Send check by mail:
    Clackamas County
    Attn: BUILDING CODES
    150 Beavercreek Road
    Oregon City, OR 97045

Please note, when mailing or depositing a 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

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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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.

Note for all existing account holders: We recently updated our system, so when you log in to Accela to purchase a permit you will need to find and reconnect your CCB and other licenses.

Use these steps to find and reconnect your license

  1. Log in to Accela, then select “account management” under the banner of boxes at the top of the screen.
  2. After selecting “account management,” on the right hand side of the screen, select the box to “add a license”.
  3. From the drop down, choose the type of license you have, then enter the license number in the adjacent box.
  4. Select “find license”.
  5. The screen will refresh — select “connect”, then click “OK”.
  6. The screen will refresh again, and your license will show as connected.

Now you can continue and purchase permits.

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 have a copy of the permit onsite.

There are now 3 convenient ways to schedule an inspection.

Help us follow state safety guidelines for COVID-19 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.  

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Customer Service Hours

Open to public: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff available by phone and email: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.