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COVID-19 Information: Important Information for Removal-Fill Permit Applicants

To help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, DSL is temporarily accepting online submission of removal-fill permit applications. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives, and applicants are encouraged to submit online. Instructions for online submission.


The Department of State Lands issues two types of permits and authorizations:

  • Removal-Fill permits for removal or fill activity in waterways and wetlands
  • Proprietary waterway authorizations for use of state-owned waterways

Removal-Fill activity on state-owned waterways requires both.

The information on this webpage pertains to Removal-Fill permits only. For information on obtaining a waterway authorization (for a dock, floating home or marine industrial facility for example), go to the Use of State-Owned Waterways page.

Removal-Fill permits

Oregon's Removal-Fill Law (ORS 196.795-990) requires people who plan to remove or fill material in wetlands or waterways to obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands. This permit is broadly referred to as the “Removal-Fill Permit.” The law applies to all landowners, whether private individuals or public agencies.

The purpose of the law, enacted in 1967, is to ensure protection and the best use of Oregon’s water resources for home, commercial, wildlife habitat, public navigation, fishing and recreational uses.

In most cases, a permit is required if an activity will involve filling or removing 50 cubic yards or more of material in a wetland or waterway. For activities in state-designated Essential Salmonid Habitat, State Scenic Waterways and compensatory mitigation sites, a permit is required for any amount of removal or fill. 

Removal-Fill brochure

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Removal-Fill fees

Send checks to:
775 Summer St. NE Suite 100 
Salem, OR 97301-1279

Credit card payments:
pay online

At this time, we DO NOT accept wetland mitigation payments by credit card.


Contact an Aquatic Resource Coordinator for questions regarding removal-fill permits.

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