How to Apply for a Permit

At this time, you must use the Chrome or Firefox browser to get into Development Direct. Click on Chrome or Firefox to download them to your computer. 

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

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.)
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
  • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
  • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

  • 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.

Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

File type and layout requirements

Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

Category Description
Drawing files
  • Required plan drawings.
  • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
    If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
  • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
    landscape formatted file - correctformat
    landscape
    portrait formatted file - incorrect format
    portrait
  • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
  • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
  • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
Document files
  • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
  • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
  • All documents must be PDF files.

Reserved space for file approval stamp

An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
8.5" x 11"
8.5 x 11 stamp placement
2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
11" x 17"
8.5 x 11 stamp placement
2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
24" x 36"
8.5 x 11 stamp placement
3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
36" x 48"
8.5 x 11 stamp placement
3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

File naming conventions

Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

Naming conventions for drawing files

All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

Sequential Order Number A single space
(required)
Sheet Letter
(may include letters)
A single space
(required)
Sheet Title/Name
001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
001 A000 Cover Sheet

or

Sequential Order Number A single space
(required)
Sheet Number A single space
(required)
Sheet Title/Name
001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
001 1.0 Cover Sheet

Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

Naming conventions for document files

Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

    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.

    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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
    • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

    Notes:

    • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
    • "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:
      • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
      • Utility work on private property.
    Development Permits
    • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
    • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
    • 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
    • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
    • Film and media (Do 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:

    Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

    • 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.

    Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

    File type and layout requirements

    Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

    Category Description
    Drawing files
    • Required plan drawings.
    • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
      If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
    • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
      landscape formatted file - correctformat
      landscape
      portrait formatted file - incorrect format
      portrait
    • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
    • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
    • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
    Document files
    • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
    • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
    • All documents must be PDF files.

    Reserved space for file approval stamp

    An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

    Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
    8.5" x 11"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
    11" x 17"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
    24" x 36"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
    36" x 48"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

    Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

    File naming conventions

    Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

    Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

    Naming conventions for drawing files

    All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

    When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

    Sequential Order Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Letter
    (may include letters)
    A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Title/Name
    001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
    001 A000 Cover Sheet

    or

    Sequential Order Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Title/Name
    001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
    001 1.0 Cover Sheet

    Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

    Naming conventions for document files

    Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

    Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

    Submit and manage your project

    Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

    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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

    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).

    Related Information
    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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

    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.  

    Related Information
    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.  

    Related Information
    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.)
    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
    • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
    • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

    • 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.

    Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

    File type and layout requirements

    Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

    Category Description
    Drawing files
    • Required plan drawings.
    • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
      If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
    • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
      landscape formatted file - correctformat
      landscape
      portrait formatted file - incorrect format
      portrait
    • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
    • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
    • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
    Document files
    • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
    • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
    • All documents must be PDF files.

    Reserved space for file approval stamp

    An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

    Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
    8.5" x 11"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
    11" x 17"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
    24" x 36"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
    36" x 48"
    8.5 x 11 stamp placement
    3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

    Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

    File naming conventions

    Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

    Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

    Naming conventions for drawing files

    All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

    When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

    Sequential Order Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Letter
    (may include letters)
    A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Title/Name
    001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
    001 A000 Cover Sheet

    or

    Sequential Order Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Number A single space
    (required)
    Sheet Title/Name
    001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
    001 1.0 Cover Sheet

    Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

    Naming conventions for document files

    Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

    Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

      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.

      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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
      • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

      Notes:

      • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
      • "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:
        • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
        • Utility work on private property.
      Development Permits
      • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
      • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
      • 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
      • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
      • Film and media (Do 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:

      Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

      • 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.

      Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

      File type and layout requirements

      Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

      Category Description
      Drawing files
      • Required plan drawings.
      • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
        If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
      • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
        landscape formatted file - correctformat
        landscape
        portrait formatted file - incorrect format
        portrait
      • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
      • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
      • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
      Document files
      • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
      • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
      • All documents must be PDF files.

      Reserved space for file approval stamp

      An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

      Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
      8.5" x 11"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
      11" x 17"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
      24" x 36"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
      36" x 48"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

      Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

      File naming conventions

      Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

      Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

      Naming conventions for drawing files

      All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

      When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

      Sequential Order Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Letter
      (may include letters)
      A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Title/Name
      001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
      001 A000 Cover Sheet

      or

      Sequential Order Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Title/Name
      001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
      001 1.0 Cover Sheet

      Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

      Naming conventions for document files

      Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

      Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

      Submit and manage your project

      Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

      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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

      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).

      Related Information
      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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

      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.  

      Related Information
      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.  

      Related Information
      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.)
      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
      • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
      • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

      • 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.

      Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

      File type and layout requirements

      Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

      Category Description
      Drawing files
      • Required plan drawings.
      • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
        If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
      • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
        landscape formatted file - correctformat
        landscape
        portrait formatted file - incorrect format
        portrait
      • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
      • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
      • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
      Document files
      • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
      • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
      • All documents must be PDF files.

      Reserved space for file approval stamp

      An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

      Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
      8.5" x 11"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
      11" x 17"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
      24" x 36"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
      36" x 48"
      8.5 x 11 stamp placement
      3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

      Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

      File naming conventions

      Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

      Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

      Naming conventions for drawing files

      All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

      When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

      Sequential Order Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Letter
      (may include letters)
      A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Title/Name
      001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
      001 A000 Cover Sheet

      or

      Sequential Order Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Number A single space
      (required)
      Sheet Title/Name
      001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
      001 1.0 Cover Sheet

      Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

      Naming conventions for document files

      Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

      Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

        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.

        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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
        • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

        Notes:

        • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
        • "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:
          • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
          • Utility work on private property.
        Development Permits
        • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
        • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
        • 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
        • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
        • Film and media (Do 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:

        Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

        • 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.

        Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

        File type and layout requirements

        Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

        Category Description
        Drawing files
        • Required plan drawings.
        • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
          If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
        • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
          landscape formatted file - correctformat
          landscape
          portrait formatted file - incorrect format
          portrait
        • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
        • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
        • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
        Document files
        • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
        • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
        • All documents must be PDF files.

        Reserved space for file approval stamp

        An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

        Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
        8.5" x 11"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
        11" x 17"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
        24" x 36"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
        36" x 48"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

        Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

        File naming conventions

        Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

        Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

        Naming conventions for drawing files

        All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

        When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

        Sequential Order Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Letter
        (may include letters)
        A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Title/Name
        001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
        001 A000 Cover Sheet

        or

        Sequential Order Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Title/Name
        001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
        001 1.0 Cover Sheet

        Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

        Naming conventions for document files

        Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

        Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

        Submit and manage your project

        Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

        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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

        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).

        Related Information
        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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

        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.  

        Related Information
        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.  

        Related Information
        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.)
        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
        • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
        • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

        • 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.

        Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

        File type and layout requirements

        Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

        Category Description
        Drawing files
        • Required plan drawings.
        • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
          If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
        • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
          landscape formatted file - correctformat
          landscape
          portrait formatted file - incorrect format
          portrait
        • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
        • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
        • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
        Document files
        • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
        • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
        • All documents must be PDF files.

        Reserved space for file approval stamp

        An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

        Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
        8.5" x 11"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
        11" x 17"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
        24" x 36"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
        36" x 48"
        8.5 x 11 stamp placement
        3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

        Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

        File naming conventions

        Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

        Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

        Naming conventions for drawing files

        All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

        When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

        Sequential Order Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Letter
        (may include letters)
        A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Title/Name
        001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
        001 A000 Cover Sheet

        or

        Sequential Order Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Number A single space
        (required)
        Sheet Title/Name
        001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
        001 1.0 Cover Sheet

        Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

        Naming conventions for document files

        Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

        Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

          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.

          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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
          • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

          Notes:

          • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
          • "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:
            • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
            • Utility work on private property.
          Development Permits
          • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
          • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
          • 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
          • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
          • Film and media (Do 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:

          Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

          • 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.

          Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

          File type and layout requirements

          Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

          Category Description
          Drawing files
          • Required plan drawings.
          • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
            If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
          • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
            landscape formatted file - correctformat
            landscape
            portrait formatted file - incorrect format
            portrait
          • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
          • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
          • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
          Document files
          • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
          • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
          • All documents must be PDF files.

          Reserved space for file approval stamp

          An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

          Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
          8.5" x 11"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
          11" x 17"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
          24" x 36"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
          36" x 48"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

          Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

          File naming conventions

          Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

          Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

          Naming conventions for drawing files

          All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

          When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

          Sequential Order Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Letter
          (may include letters)
          A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Title/Name
          001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
          001 A000 Cover Sheet

          or

          Sequential Order Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Title/Name
          001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
          001 1.0 Cover Sheet

          Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

          Naming conventions for document files

          Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

          Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

          Submit and manage your project

          Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

          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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

          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).

          Related Information
          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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

          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.  

          Related Information
          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.  

          Related Information
          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.)
          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
          • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
          • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

          • 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.

          Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

          File type and layout requirements

          Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

          Category Description
          Drawing files
          • Required plan drawings.
          • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
            If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
          • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
            landscape formatted file - correctformat
            landscape
            portrait formatted file - incorrect format
            portrait
          • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
          • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
          • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
          Document files
          • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
          • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
          • All documents must be PDF files.

          Reserved space for file approval stamp

          An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

          Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
          8.5" x 11"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
          11" x 17"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
          24" x 36"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
          36" x 48"
          8.5 x 11 stamp placement
          3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

          Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

          File naming conventions

          Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

          Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

          Naming conventions for drawing files

          All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

          When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

          Sequential Order Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Letter
          (may include letters)
          A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Title/Name
          001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
          001 A000 Cover Sheet

          or

          Sequential Order Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Number A single space
          (required)
          Sheet Title/Name
          001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
          001 1.0 Cover Sheet

          Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

          Naming conventions for document files

          Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

          Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

            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.

            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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
            • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

            Notes:

            • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
            • "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:
              • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
              • Utility work on private property.
            Development Permits
            • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
            • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
            • 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
            • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
            • Film and media (Do 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:

            Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

            • 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.

            Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

            File type and layout requirements

            Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

            Category Description
            Drawing files
            • Required plan drawings.
            • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
              If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
            • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
              landscape formatted file - correctformat
              landscape
              portrait formatted file - incorrect format
              portrait
            • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
            • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
            • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
            Document files
            • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
            • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
            • All documents must be PDF files.

            Reserved space for file approval stamp

            An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

            Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
            8.5" x 11"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
            11" x 17"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
            24" x 36"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
            36" x 48"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

            Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

            File naming conventions

            Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

            Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

            Naming conventions for drawing files

            All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

            When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

            Sequential Order Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Letter
            (may include letters)
            A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Title/Name
            001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
            001 A000 Cover Sheet

            or

            Sequential Order Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Title/Name
            001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
            001 1.0 Cover Sheet

            Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

            Naming conventions for document files

            Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

            Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

            Submit and manage your project

            Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

            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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

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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).

            Related Information
            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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

            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.  

            Related Information
            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.)
            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
            • Location of the septic tank, drainfield, and drainfield replacement area
            • 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. Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents.

            • 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.

            Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

            File type and layout requirements

            Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

            Category Description
            Drawing files
            • Required plan drawings.
            • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
              If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
            • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
              landscape formatted file - correctformat
              landscape
              portrait formatted file - incorrect format
              portrait
            • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
            • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
            • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
            Document files
            • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
            • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
            • All documents must be PDF files.

            Reserved space for file approval stamp

            An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

            Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
            8.5" x 11"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
            11" x 17"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
            24" x 36"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
            36" x 48"
            8.5 x 11 stamp placement
            3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

            Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

            File naming conventions

            Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

            Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

            Naming conventions for drawing files

            All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

            When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

            Sequential Order Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Letter
            (may include letters)
            A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Title/Name
            001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
            001 A000 Cover Sheet

            or

            Sequential Order Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Number A single space
            (required)
            Sheet Title/Name
            001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
            001 1.0 Cover Sheet

            Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

            Naming conventions for document files

            Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

            Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

              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.

              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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 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
              • Review of erosion control and stormwater impacts associated with utility work

              Notes:

              • A Utility Permit is required as soon as practicable for emergency work in the right of way, but provide immediate notice to 503-742-4691.
              • "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:
                • Routine routing of service connections and ordinary maintenance including over lashing work (tying additional cables to cables that are already attached to a utility pole).
                • Utility work on private property.
              Development Permits
              • Public roadway improvements, private access and/or on-site 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
              • 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 Utility work in the right of way is permitted via a Utility Permit, not a Right of Way Permit.
              • 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
              • Organized bike, run, walk or parade events
              • Film and media (Do 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:

              Please use the guidelines below to prepare your project plans and documents. We do not accept paper submittals.

              • 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.

              Our User Guide provides full details on preparing your drawings and documents.

              File type and layout requirements

              Your project files will be either drawing or document files, described as follows:

              Category Description
              Drawing files
              • Required plan drawings.
              • Each page or sheet of a drawing file must be uploaded to Development Direct as a separate file
                If your drawing is a multi-page PDF file, there are many websites and videos available on the internet to guide you through the steps of splitting your PDF files. 
              • Each sheet/page of a drawing must have the page orientation set to landscape.
                landscape formatted file - correctformat
                landscape
                portrait formatted file - incorrect format
                portrait
              • All plans must be drawn to scale, with the scale clearly labeled on the drawing.
              • All drawings must leave space available for a final approval stamp. For more information, see Reserved space for drawing approval stamp section below.
              • All drawing must be PDF files, with searchable or vector PDF files preferred.
              Document files
              • Documents required for a project that are not drawing files (such as certifications, easement letters, Geotechnical reports, or structural calculations).
              • Each document should be uploaded as a separate complete document (multiple page documents are allowed), but not as individual sheets.
              • All documents must be PDF files.

              Reserved space for file approval stamp

              An area located in the upper-right corner of all drawings shall be reserved for the county’s electronic approval stamp. The exact location for this stamp will vary, depending on each drawing’s border sizes and title block areas. The following is offered as a guideline to ensure that the approval stamp is fully visible when printed:

              Sheet size Size of reserved space Location of reserved space
              8.5" x 11"
              8.5 x 11 stamp placement
              2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
              11" x 17"
              8.5 x 11 stamp placement
              2" x 2" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top and right edges.
              24" x 36"
              8.5 x 11 stamp placement
              3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.
              36" x 48"
              8.5 x 11 stamp placement
              3" x 3" Upper-right corner, beginning .5" from the top edge and 5" from the right edge.

              Note: Our stamp location allows for a .5" border on the top and right edges of the page.

              File naming conventions

              Before uploading your files, make sure the file names follow specific conventions to allow for easy identification of your files in Development Direct.

              Important: If you are asked to correct and resubmit a file, do not rename it (for example, add a version number). You must use the original file name or it will not be accepted. Once it is uploaded, the file will automatically be assigned a version number.

              Naming conventions for drawing files

              All drawing files should follow specific naming conventions to ensure that they are listed in the proper order when uploaded. Files must be listed in the same order they would be found on your title/cover sheet.

              When files are uploaded, they are listed in numeric order first, followed by alphabetical order. Therefore, it is important to name the files accordingly. File names should begin with a 3-digit number, followed by a sheet number, and then a sheet title or description. The number at the beginning of the name ensures that files will be listed in sequential order. For example:

              Sequential Order Number A single space
              (required)
              Sheet Letter
              (may include letters)
              A single space
              (required)
              Sheet Title/Name
              001 space A000 space Cover Sheet
              001 A000 Cover Sheet

              or

              Sequential Order Number A single space
              (required)
              Sheet Number A single space
              (required)
              Sheet Title/Name
              001 space 1.0 space Cover Sheet
              001 1.0 Cover Sheet

              Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes (-) or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

              Naming conventions for document files

              Document file names should describe the contents of the file. Because they do not need to be in a defined order, you do not need to start the file name with a number.

              Important: Please limit the number of characters in a file name to 35 or less; abbreviations are acceptable. Do not include dashes [-] or other special characters (such as &, %, #) in the file name.

              Submit and manage your project

              Apply for your permit, submit all documents, and make required payments online using Development Direct.

              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. 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.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific help with Development Engineering permits, stop by the lobby on the third floor during the same hours.

              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).

              Related Information
              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., Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 3 pm on Friday.

              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.  

              Related Information
              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.  

              Related Information

              Customer Service Hours

              Staff are available by email and phone:

              • Monday - Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
              • Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

              Our offices are open to the public:

              • Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.