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Permits are good for six months from the date of issue or last inspection, whichever is later. If you experience a delay in your project, you may request an extension for an additional six months.
Permits are required for all new construction, manufactured dwellings and alterations or additions to existing buildings. This includes structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical changes. 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.
You do not need a permit for a non-habitable one-story detached accessory structure used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet and the height is no more than 15 feet as measured from the finished floor to the average height of the roof surface.
All detached accessory structures must maintain a minimum set back of 20 feet from the front and 5 feet from rear and side property lines regardless of whether a permit is required or not.
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, move or demolish any one- or two-family dwelling or related structure. For example:
*All modifications to residential houses or units that are intended for sale, lease, rent, or exchange; or, commercial structures or units, require that the work be done by a contractor licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractor's Board (CCB).
Install or alter any permanent wiring or electrical device.
Run additional wiring, put in an electrical outlet or light fixture, install a receptacle for a garage-door opener, or convert from fuse box to circuit breakers.
Install or alter permanent low-voltage systems such as security alarms or stereo or computer systems.
You must be both the owner and the occupant of a dwelling to obtain a permit to do electrical work yourself. You may not perform any electrical installations or modifications on a house or residential unit that is intended for sale, lease, rent, or exchange.
If you are not sure if you need a permit, please call the building department at (503) 874-2207.
Replace water heaters, alter piping inside a wall or ceiling or beneath a floor, and for plumbing in all new installations.
Repair, alteration, or replacement of freeze-damaged or leaking concealed piping, if new piping exceeds 3 feet.
Remodeling or adding on to your one or two family dwelling when existing plumbing is to be relocated. This includes installation of building sewers, water service, and exterior rain drains.
A plumbing permit is not required in the following circumstances: When a property owner does “ordinary minor repairs” to plumbing systems on his or her own property where he or she resides, which means repair, replacement, or maintenance of existing accessible fixtures, parts, and appliances and their related water and drain attachments. Do not alter an existing plumbing system without a permit. When a property owner or licensed plumber performs emergency repairs to, or replacement of, freeze-damaged or leaking concealed piping, provided new piping doesn’t exceed 3 feet in length.
Install or change any part of a heating or cooling system that must be vented into any kind of chimney, including unvented decorative appliances
Install a woodstove, fireplace insert, pellet stove, or related venting
Install, alter, or repair gas piping between the meter and an appliance (indoors or outdoors)
Install bath fans, dryer exhausts, kitchen range exhausts, and appliances that are required to be vented
You can check online at https://www.oregon.gov/ccb/homeowner/Pages/reliablecontractor.aspx or call the Construction Contractors Board at (503) 378-4621.
A cross connection is any connection between piping that carries drinking water (also known as potable) and the piping or fixtures that carry other types of water or substances that are not safe to drink (also known as non-potable), and any matter that may change the color, taste, quality, or odor of water
The City maintains a database containing all the permitted backflow assemblies in Silverton. It is your responsibility to have your backflow assembly tested annually, during the month previously tested, between January 1 and June 1. The City currently sends out a courtesy reminder in the spring. Do not wait for the reminder; schedule your test during the month it was scheduled last year. All assemblies must be tested at least once annually so you do not need the reminder to schedule your test.
It is the customer’s responsibility to schedule the test and make payment arrangements. Upon completion of the test, the customer will be given a copy and the tester will submit the results to the City.
Backflow assemblies must be tested at the time of installation, annually (once a year) after installation, after repairs and after relocating or replacement. When Silverton customers have their backflow assemblies tested, a test report will be submitted to the City of Silverton Cross Connection Specialist by the tester.
If your irrigation system, boiler, fire system, swimming pool or spa was permitted through Silverton's Building Department, adequate backflow protection was required. If the fixture was installed without proper permits or testing, or you are not sure if you have adequate backflow protection, please contact the Cross Connection Specialist at 503-874-2206.
The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) 42 U.S.C. 300f to 300j-26 has jurisdiction over the public health aspects of the drinking water supply. The Oregon Health Authority regulates public water systems in our state, including cross connection control, through Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs). One such rule is OAR 333-61-0070, which requires water districts to administer a cross connection control program that will protect the potable water supply. The City of Silverton, as required by OAR 333-61-0070, has passed an ordinance on cross connection control, Silverton Municipal Code Chapter 13.20.
Legally the water supplier is responsible for water quality and for implementing and maintaining a cross connection control program to prevent pollution or contamination of the public water system. The water supplier’s responsibility ends at the outlet side (the customer’s side) of the water meter. Once the water is on the outlet side of the water meter or service connection, responsibility and liability falls to the owner. it is the owner's responsibility to keep backflow assemblies functioning and tested annually.
Examples include residential fire systems, wells or auxiliary water systems, lawn irrigation systems, boilers, and swimming pools and hot tubs that are hard piped for filling purposes.
Drinking water normally flows in one direction (from the meter to the house), although under certain circumstances it can flow in the opposite direction, or ‘backflow’. A backflow incident can happen at any time. All that is needed is a water pressure drop in the public water system main line, most commonly caused by fire fighting, hydrant flushing, flow testing, a water main break, or extreme high usage on the water system. Any connection to a non-potable source not protected could be siphoned back into the public water system, which can pollute or contaminate the water system.
Backflow protection is necessary because we assume that when we turn on the water tap, we have safe drinking water. This is a luxury we enjoy, but not without very strong regulations and considerable expense. Our drinking water is among the safest in the world. Water protection and conservation requires the effort and cooperation of everyone.
Backflow assemblies are devices placed on cross connections to prevent water from backflowing into the water system. The most common type of backflow assembly is a double check valve assembly, which consists of two independent check valves, two resilient seated valves and testing parts.
Motor vehicle fuel as defined by the City of Silverton includes gasoline, diesel, and any other flammable or combustible gas or liquid by whatever name such gas or liquid is known or sold, usable as fuel for the operation of motor vehicles, except gas, or liquid for purposes other than the propulsion of motor vehicles.
A dealer is any person who: 1) Imports or causes to be imported motor vehicle fuel for sale, use, or distribution in the City of Silverton; or 2) Produces, refines, manufactures, or compounds motor vehicle fuels in the City for use, distribution, or sale in the City; or 3) Acquires in the City for sale, use, or distribution in the City motor vehicle fuels with respect to which there has been no City of Silverton license tax previously incurred.
Any person who performs the acts of a dealer as described above. Generally, if you purchase fuel outside the City and transport it into the City using your own vehicles or by common carrier, you must be licensed. If you always buy fuel from another licensed dealer of the City, the tax will be included in the purchase price of the fuel and you need not be licensed with the City. However, the answer to this question is often not immediately apparent.
The tax must be collected for all fuel sold, used, or distributed on or after January 1, 2018.
Yes. Oregon, the other local jurisdictions, and the City are all separate taxing entities.
You need to complete the forms included with this letter and return them to the City of Silverton, Attention Finance Department, 306 S Water, Silverton OR 97381.
Fines are due and payable when the fine is imposed. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, you may apply for a payment agreement with the court. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and debit/credit cards. Payments can be made in person at the Finance Department at City Hall, by mail, or in the after-hours drop box located outside City Hall in the parking lot. Please do not make cash payments through the mail or drop box. If paying by cash you should go to the finance office during normal operating hours and obtain a receipt. If you pay by mail, please list the exact name on your case and a docket number, this insures your payment is credited to the proper account. Make checks and money orders payable to the City of Silverton. Mail payments to: Silverton Municipal Court 306 S. Water St. Silverton, OR 97381. You may also make your payments online at: http://www.silverton.or.us/courtpayment
General operations office hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. There is a three business day waiting period from the date of citation. All business must be finalized no later than 4:30 pm the day before your court appearance. All business must be handled in person at City Hall. If you would like to plead no contest, you can appear before the court clerk, who will look at your driving record and may be able to reduce the fine. The clerk uses the same fine schedule as the judge. If you have more than three convictions on your driving record, the clerk will be unable to reduce the fine. The clerk can take not guilty pleas and set trials on all infractions either in person or by sending in the yellow copy of the summons with option three filled out, signed, and dated. If you would like to plea guilty and explain to the judge what happened, this can be done in writing. The letter must be accompanied by the full base fine of all charges. All letters of explanation are given to the judge and must be received before your posted court appearance. The judge reads them, takes your statement and driving record into consideration, and assesses fines accordingly. If you are fined less than the base fine, the refund should reach you within four weeks. If your ticket is for No Insurance or Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance, and you have proof that you were insured for the vehicle on the date of the ticket, bring your proof to the Court Clerk prior to your court date and that charge may be dismissed. Be sure the proof contains the effective dates of the insurance. You may also pay your ticket online at: http://www.silverton.or.us/courtpayment
TRAFFIC DIVERSION: The City of Silverton Municipal Court offers a traffic diversion program. This program is designed to allow drivers the opportunity to recognize and review their driving habits, attitudes, and behaviors. There is an additional fee involved, but the violation will not go on your driving record if you complete the program and have no subsequent traffic violations within six months. Generally, you can go to Traffic School if:
1) You have been cited for a single moving violation
2) You have received no other moving violations or traffic crime charges within the last three years immediately preceding the date of this citation
3) You have a valid non-commercial driver license There was no accident associated with the alleged offense.
4) Your presumptive fine is not greater than $435.
Requirements of program: Enter a plea of No Contest (not contesting the facts of the case) Note: A Not Guilty Plea forfeits your Traffic School option. Fill out the traffic school paper work and agreement at Court and submit it to the Court Clerk. Pay the presumptive fine amount in full within 90 days of the date of your court appearance. Contact the school, pay the registration fee and register for the class. Successfully complete the class and receive a Certificate of Completion. Submit the “Certificate of Completion” to the Court within 90 days of the date of your court appearance. Do not receive a citation for a motor vehicle violation within the next 180 days of the date of your court appearance. There will be no extensions and no exceptions.
INSURANCE DIVERSION: The City of Silverton offers an Insurance Diversion Program. If you have not been cited for an insurance violation within the last three years immediately preceding the date of your citation you qualify for this program. You may be approved at court on your court date or by the court clerk before your court date.
Requirements of program: Enter a plea of No Contest (not contesting the facts of the case) Note: A Not Guilty Plea forfeits your insurance diversion option. Fill out the insurance diversion agreement at Court and submit it to the Court Clerk. Pay the presumptive fine amount in full within 90 days of the date of your court appearance. Submit a copy of your insurance card to the court clerk within 14 days of your appearance date. Keep insurance for a period of 180 days with no breaks in coverage. There will be no extensions and no exceptions.
You may submit a copy of your completion certificate for your traffic diversion class by:
You may submit a copy of your insurance card within 14 days after your appearance date by:
The City of Silverton Municipal Court does not offer community service for traffic violations.
The first step is to meet your neighbors and discuss goals and possibilities.
You can find some great tips on connecting in the following publications:
Effective Outreach and Engagement Strategies (courtesy City of Bend)
Community Outreach: Lessons Learned and Good Practices (courtesy Ottawa Neighborhoods Social Capital Forum)
A neighborhood-based group may request that the City list the group on the City website. This allows City staff to maintain a list of area representatives in order to share information.
It will also allow community members to find a contact person for their area if one exists.
Steps to having a group recognized on the City's website:
- (OPTIONAL) Consult with the Community Development Director on target boundaries. The City suggests a target size of around 100 households, though this is flexible.
- Visit with your neighbors with the goal of having at least 30% of those households included in the initial application to list the group. You will likely want to gather contact information such as phone numbers and emails; please do not turn that personal information into the City.
- Submit your completed forms to the Community Development Department.
Sample forms are available here:
SAMPLE Neighborhood-Based Group Tracking Sheet (to submit to City)
SAMPLE Neighborhood-Based Group Contact Sheet (not for City use)
The best way to be informed about City meetings is to sign up for the City's "Stay Connected" notifications.
Through Stay Connected, you can sign up for alerts according to your interests:
- Alert Center (Emergency Alerts)
- Bid Postings
- Government Jobs (City job openings)
- NewsFlash (Postings in the "Latest News" area of the website)
- Agenda Center (packet posting notifications)
Public meetings and public comment are two great ways to offer your input.
The City also scheduled open houses and other community engagement activities throughout the year; these activities will always be communicated through the website, Facebook, and community partners.
Resources are available to support neighbors in working through conflict.
To begin, please see this list of problem solving tips, courtesy of Portland-based Resolutions Northwest.
If you are seeking more support in resolving an issue, please contact Neighbor2Neighbor for Marion County.
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Food containers, plates, clamshells, hot and cold beverage cups, meat and vegetable trays, egg cartons, and other products made from polystyrene that are used for selling or providing food by a food service business for consumption on or off premises.
This regulation does not include clear or solid polystyrene (oriented polystyrene) or prepacked soups or other foods that a food service business sells or provides to their customers that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service business.
All food service businesses meaning full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, cafes, delicatessens, coffee shops, grocery stores, vending trucks or carts, business or institutional cafeterias, or other businesses, entities, or nonprofits, selling or providing food directly to customers within Silverton for consumption on or off the premises.
No food service business in Silverton shall serve or sell prepared food or package meat, seafood, eggs, bakery products or any other food items in polystyrene containers.
Reservations are available at several locations in City of Silverton parks. Visit the Parks and Facilities page to find a reservable location. Reservations are not required but are encouraged, and all non-reserved spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis.
The Silver Falls YMCA, 503-873-6456, schedules all classes and activities at the Silverton Community Pool.
Visit the Silverton Marine Park and Reservoir page for current hours and fees or call 503-874-2206 for more information.
The reservoir is stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. They may be reached at 971-783-6000.
Adult Positions:Judge: Presides over the hearing, explains the criminal charges, instructs the jury on what evidence and factors to consider in determining a sentence.
Zoning of property can be found on our zoning map or by calling the Planning Division at (503) 874-2207.
Trees located in the right-of-way require a permit (click here), but may only be removed in certain situations.
You can also report a code violation on the website in the questions and comments module on the home page. code enforcement page
The registered owner of the vehicle must contact the Police Department in person for a vehicle release. The business office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The registered owner must provide proof of ownership (title, bill of sale, registration), a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and $100 (cash only after business hours).
The Silverton Police Department offers fingerprinting services to residents that live within the Silverton City limits. This service is provided by appointment Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please call the front office to make appointments, 503-873-5326. A fee of $15 per card and valid photo identification is required. We do not provide the fingerprint cards.
Republic Services operates a recycle center on Saturdays at the City Shops located at 830 McClaine Street. Please contact Republic Services at 503-981-1278 with questions about materials accepted or current hours of operations. Please note - the City Shops does not accept recycle materials during the week.
Please contact Republic Services at 503-981-1278 for current information about disposal or recycling of these items.
Call Portland General Electric to report power outrages at 800-544-1795 or visit PGE Report an Outage.
Ride reservations can be made by calling (503) 873-4546. Dispatch is available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with 24-hour voicemail. Dispatch encourages riders to schedule at least 24 hours in advance, and you can schedule rides up to a month in advance.
You will need to fill out an application to start services. You can fill out the online application here or in person in the finance office located at City Hall, 306 S Water Street in Silverton.
There is a deposit required of $100 and a processing fee of $15 for a total of $115. You can fill out and pay the deposit online by clicking here.
Deposits are refunded automatically back to your account after a year of good credit history.
Services are billed monthly; they include water, sewer and improvement services. Bills are mailed the last business day of the month and due the 16th.
Utility bills are mailed the last business day of each month. You can also set up an account and view your statements online at: www.xpressbillpay.com
All of our customers share the same due date, the 16th of each month.
There will be a $10.00 late fee applied to your account. If the account remains unpaid, it could subject your services to be interrupted and additional charges added to your account.
A rate sheet is available at City Hall or you can view a current rate sheet online by clicking here.
Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) 503-873-3446 is available for help when you are unable to make your payment.
Your residential sewer average includes a base charge and usage charge. The usage charge is based off an average of your water usage between the six (6) winter months of November to April. Your May utility bill will reflect your new sewer average each year. If you have not gone through our averaging period you will be billed based on monthly water usage up to a maximum amount stated on our rate sheet until you have gone through the averaging period. You have the option to "opt-out" of the averaging method and have the usage charge be based on actual usage. To do this you must fill out the Opt-Out Form and submit it to the Finance Department by April 30th. If you want to Opt back in to the averaging method you must complete the same form and submit it no later than April 30th. You will stay on the averaging method until you request a change.