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Facility Permits/Public Improvements

Permits help prevent mistakes and protect families, homes and investments. Certified inspectors ensure work is performed safely and to code. Permits create permanent records of work and inspections.

What are facility permits?

Facility permits are needed when subdivisions, partitions and other development projects are conditioned to build public improvements on County roads. Improvements include sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streetlights, paving, traffic signals and more.

Permits are not issued until plans are approved by our Engineering Plan Review team. The process includes:

  • A Public Improvement Contract (surety bond or cash surety) and final construction inspections to assure improvements are built to County standards
  • A one-year (minimum) maintenance period
  • Final maintenance inspections
  • Release of contract and closure of permit

Apply for a facility permit

  1. Submit a completed Facility Permit Information Form and a Design and Inspection Option Form
  2. Pay the administrative deposit paid by credit card (call 503-846-3843) or by check (via U.S. Mail or in person). The amount is listed in the County Land Use Notice of Decision or the City Comment Letter (projects within a city.)

The facility permit record will then be available in the Public Permitting and Services Portal and our Electronic Plan Review/ProjectDox system will notify the engineer to upload plans.