Building Division

The Building Division is responsible for administering the building permit and inspection program in accordance with State building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and manufactured dwelling setup codes. Certified inspectors supported by clerical staff perform these tasks.

Building Division Staff

Mark Burrows, Building Official

Rich Morse, Building Inspector

Willy Andrist, Commercial Plumbing Inspector

Gary Noble, Electrical Inspector

Autumn Hillebrand, Office Manager

Coren Paris, Permits Specialist


Please visit the Permit Processes website for information on applying for Building, Manufactured Structure, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permits at Polk County for the following jurisdictions:

  • Building Permits – County and City of Falls City only (not including City of Dallas, City of Independence, City of Monmouth, City of Salem, City of Willamina)
  • Manufactured Structure Permits – County and City of Falls City only
  • Electrical Permits – County, City of Dallas, City of Falls City and City of Independence

** Effective July 1, 2011 Electrical Permits within Monmouth city limits will be administered by the City of Monmouth. Please contact our office if you have any questions.**


***Licensed Contractors - ePermitting Training for Contractors on June 26, 2014***

Polk County will be introducing online access to apply, pay for and receive building permits 24/7, in July 2014. This ePermitting system is available to all contractors working in Polk County’s jurisdiction and provides:

  • Online access to apply, pay for and receive building permits 24/7
  • Automated inspection scheduling by phone or computer
  • Comprehensive permit tracking and data collection

Polk County is partnering with the Oregon Building Codes Division to provide training to contractors on how to register for and use the ePermitting system. The training will be offered on June 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., located at 850 Main Street, Dallas, Oregon, in the 1st Floor Conference Room.

We would like to extend an invitation to all contractors and their staff to attend this ePermitting training. Jerod Broadfoot from the Oregon Building Codes Division will be training on how to use the system. Mr. Broadfoot is the Divisions Training and Outreach Coordinator for ePermitting and will be available to contractors for assistance using the system. Contractors are encouraged to bring a laptop to the training so they can work in the system during the presentation. The training will take one hour, but Mr. Broadfoot will be available after to work with contractors and staff to answer any questions.

Not able to attend in person? That’s OK. We are providing the availability to participate via computer through Go-to-Meeting. Simply click the following link to join the meeting from your laptop or desktop computer:

1. Please join my meeting.

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone. 

United States: +1 (646) 982-0003

Access Code: 395-779-141
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID:395-779-141

For any questions please contact Jerod Broadfoot via email at or via phone at 541-240-1256.


***Licensed Contractors - Purchase Permits Online***

If you are a licensed contractor, you are now able to purchase limited Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Permits online that do not require a plan review, through the State of Oregon's ePermitting website.  To utilize this convenient way to purchase permits online, visit the State of Oregon ePermitting website at


***New Carbon Monoxide Alarm/Detector requirements,
effective April 1, 2011***

View the new code change in the 2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code and the new Mechanical Permit Application form. For more information, view our flyer and the State of Oregon's web page regarding carbon monoxide.


***New Radon Control Method requirements, effective April 1, 2011***

View the Radon Control Methods handout for more information on the amendment to Appendix F, of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, for new dwelling construction.