When are permits required and who is responsible?
Permits are required for any new construction and alterations and additions to existing buildings, including structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical changes, and manufactured dwellings. Either the property owner or the contractor is responsible for obtaining structural, mechanical, plumbing, and manufactured dwelling set-up permits. Oregon law requires that if an electrical contractor performs the work, the contractor is responsible for obtaining the permit. Permits are non-transferable.

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1. When does my permit expire?
2. When are permits required and who is responsible?
3. Do I need a permit to build a playhouse or a garden/storage shed?
4. When do I need a building (structural) permit?
5. What structural work can I do without a permit?
6. When do I need an electrical permit?
7. What electrical work can I do without a permit?
8. When do I need a plumbing permit?
9. What plumbing can I do without a permit?
10. When do I need a permit for mechanical work?
11. What is mechanical work?
12. Why do I have to buy a permit to build on my own property?
13. How can I see if my contractor is licensed?