Building codes are designed to ensure safe building techniques. These important standards help protect your family from safety risks like structural failures, fire hazards caused by electrical and heating systems, and electrical shock. They also help eliminate costly repairs for shoddy work and save money in the long run.
Do I need a permit?
Oregon law requires you to obtain permits for a range of installations, alterations, and construction performed on your home to ensure that the work meets minimum building standards for safe workmanship. Permits are required for all new construction as well as for specific alterations to existing homes, which include structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical changes.
The person performing the work, whether it is a homeowner or contractor, is responsible for obtaining all necessary permits. Once the permit is issued, you can begin work. The permit must be on site and available to the inspector and if your permit has accompanying approved plans, they must be available as well.
Your permit expires if work is not started within 180 days from its issuance. Once you have begun work, your permit expires if work is suspended or abandoned for 180 days or more. If you cannot work within a 180-day period but do not wish to abandon the project, you need to submit a written request to extend your permit for an additional 180 days.
Keep in mind that the descriptions only apply to one- or two-family dwellings. If you still are not sure whether you need a permit, locate and contact the building department responsible for your area.