Polk County processes Building Permits for the following jurisdictions:
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.
Visit the Oregon Building Code Division's website for building permit requirements to see if a Building Permit is required for your project.
Building permit issuance takes 2-3 weeks for residential projects. To ensure that your permit is processed without delays, review the items below to ensure all required information is submitted.
A Building Permit application should include the following information:
|Type of Construction||Deposit|
|New dwelling construction||$600.00|
|New construction valued $10,000 and greater||$300.00|
|Other projects with a value of $4,000 - $10,000||$150.00|
|Other projects with a value of $2,000 - $4,000||$ 75.00|
|Other projects with a value under $2,000||$ 0.00|
Additional information can be found at the Useful Links list, below.
The Residential Building Permit includes:
A typical residential Building Permit may include additional permit applications such as: an Electrical Permit, Plumbing Permit and Septic Permit(s). Septic Permits may include a Septic Authorization, Septic Alteration/Repair Permit or Septic Site Review and Septic Construction Permit. Any Mechanical Permit fees are included under the Building Permit. All other permit applications, except mechanical, will have separate permit numbers in addition to the Building Permit number.
When your application is submitted, the plans examiner will review the plans and contact you if additional information is required such as: engineering, truss information, etc.
The Permit Specialist will review your project in the form of a Site Plan Review to make sure it complies with the Polk County Zoning Ordinance for things such as: use of the structure, required setbacks, projects within the floodplain, projects within or near significant resources and wetlands, height and story requirements, and other development standards. The Permit Specialist will also verify that all other required documents and permits have been submitted prior to approving the Site Plan Review such as: Water Availability Statements, Septic Permits, Access Permits, Easements, School Excise Tax Information and Urban Growth Boundary city reviews. You will be contacted by the Permit Specialist if additional information is required in order to complete the Site Plan Review.
Once your plans have been approved by the plans examiner and the Site Plan Review is approved by the Permit Specialist, the Building Technician will verify if additional information is needed such as: signed Plumbing Permit application(s) and address assignment.
The permit holder shall be deemed the person or firm that is authorized to make all decisions regarding the permit, including permit information, notices, cancelation, transfer, extensions or refunds.
An application will expire 180 days after being submitted if it is not issued (picked up and paid for). To avoid expiration, an extension needs to be submitted in writing showing justifiable cause to extend the application prior to 180 days of inactivity. Residential extensions may be granted for 180 days and commercial extensions may be granted for 90 days.
Once a permit is issued, it expires if work is not commenced within 180 days of issuance or if construction or work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days at any time after work is commenced. To avoid permit expiration, a progress report (showing progress toward the permit) needs to be submitted in writing or an extension request needs to be submitted in writing, showing justifiable cause to extend the permit prior to 180 days of inactivity, otherwise the permit will expire. Extensions may be granted for 180 days.
As long as no changes have been made to the original plans, specifications and valuation of a permit, the current permit holder may request to transfer the permit to another permit holder upon submittal of the Permit Transfer Request Form and transfer fee. If there are changes to the plans, specifications or valuation for the work being done on a permit, the applicant will need to apply for a new permit.
Refunds may be requested upon written request for permit deposit/fees paid within 180 days of fee payment, less any plan review fees, landuse site review fees, administrative fees and state surcharge fees, for a permit under which no work has commenced. Refunds amounting to less than $10 will not be processed.
A structural permit may be renewed within 2 years of expiration of the permit upon submittal of the Permit Renewal Request Form, provided no changes have been made in the original plans and specifications for the work. There will be an administrative fee to renew a structural permit along with an inspection fee for each remaining inspection or re-inspection required to final the permit. Permits that have been canceled and/or refunded are not eligible for renewal.