What structural work can I do without a permit?
  • Paint buildings that are not historic landmarks;
  • Blow insulation into existing homes; 
  • Replace interior wall, floor or ceiling covering, such as wallboard or sheet vinyl. Removal or alteration of wall(s), regardless of whether they are load-bearing or not, requires a permit with plan submission;
  • Put up shelving and cabinets
  • Install gutters and downspouts;
  • Replace or repair siding on a wall that is three feet or more from a property line;
  • Replace roofing on single family or duplex homes where the weight of the replacement or repair does not exceed 30 percent of the roof's designed live load carrying capacity and is not required to be fire resistant;
  • Install storm windows and/or replace doors or windows in an existing opening;
  • Build a fence up to six feet high;
  • Pave a walkway that is not in the public right of way;
  • Build a patio or deck that is not more than 30 inches above grade. However, if a patio cover is built, a permit is required.

*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). 

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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?