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Why is a building permit required?
A building permit is necessary to ensure the welfare and safety of the public, as mandated by City of Portland Code of Ordinances / Unified Development Ordinance and the 2006 International Building and Residential Codes.


The property owner is responsible for securing building permits prior to the commencement of any work. Working without a permit is illegal and can result in citations and fines. The owner is ultimately responsible for any and all work performed at their property.

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1. When do I need a building permit?
2. Why is a building permit required?
3. Do I need a building permit for a fence around my house?
4. How do I get a building permit?
5. How long does it take to get a building permit?
6. How do I check the status of my building permit?
7. How can I schedule an inspection?
8. Are there any other regulatory agency approvals required for permitting?
9. What steps can I take to make sure my contractor is licensed by the state or county?
10. Where do I file a formal complaint about my contractor?
11. How can I find out where my property line is located?
12. Can I get a copy of my home or business foundation and site plan?