Permits

NEW: Public Permitting and Services Portal

PPSPVisit the Public Permitting and Services Portal for development applications, facility permits, right-of-way permits, to pay for building permits, schedule inspections and more

First-time users will need to first complete the one-time account registration process.  View "How-to Register" video

Once an account is created, users can:

Note: You cannot apply for building permits through the Public Permitting and Services Portal. 
 

Fee changes effective July 1

Changes are being implemented to building permit and development fees effective July 1, 2020. The changes involve phased fee increases and assessment of “convenience fees” charged by major credit card companies for online payments.

Unlike many area jurisdictions, both LUT Building Services and Current Planning operate on a cost-recovery basis – meaning that these work groups’ activities are supported entirely by fees for service. These cost-recovery fee changes are necessary to maintain operations. The Board of County Commissioners opted to phase in the fee increases to help mitigate the financial impact on our customers. For a complete list of LUT fee increases, visit the Washington County Fiscal Year 2020-21 Fee Schedule (pages 13-31). 

Building Services fees

Most Building Services fees will increase 2.5% effective July 1; and an additional 2.5% effective Jan. 1, 2021. 

Current Planning fees

Current Planning fee increases vary. While most are increasing a minimum of 2.5% on July 1 and an additional 2.5% effective Jan. 1, other targeted increases are also being implemented to achieve cost recovery. These increases are also being phased in—half effective July 1 and half on Jan. 1. 

Changes to online payments

Effective July 1, 2020, online payments will include assessment of “convenience fees” charged by major credit card companies, as follows: 

  • Online credit card payments (VISA, MasterCard, Discover): Average 2.45% of costs (minimum $1.50) 
  • Electronic bank checks: Flat service fee of 95¢ (Customer’s bank must allow electronic checks; routing and account numbers must be correct, or a return check charge may be applied by the bank.)
  • Paper checks submitted via U.S. Mail: No fee
     
 
 

Why Do I Need a Permit?

 
Permits help protect structures and investments and prevent mistakes.
 

The permit process includes inspection of all work to make sure it has been done safety and to code. Construction mistakes can be exasperating, extremely costly and, in some cases, even dangerous.

Oregon law requires that those selling residential dwelling must fully disclose all remodeling work and whether or not permits were obtained.