FAQ - Building
Q.Are plans for residential sprinkler permits required to be stamped by a registered architect or engineer?
A. No, if the dwelling units are three or less.
A. No, You may draw them yourself, please see our Residential Plan Review Checklist under Applications/Forms/Residential for a listing of what needs to be included in the plans.
A. No, but please remember to check with the Current Planning division to see what the setback requirements are from the property line. Their phone number is 503-846-8761.
A. Yes, if the height of the sign is greater than 6 feet from the bottom of the supporting footing to the top of the sign.
A. Yes. The movement of walls may result in the change of a path of egress or a reduction of the integrity of a fire rated wall or corridor, and therefore is required to be permitted.
A. No, work done within the city limits of Hillsboro is permitted through City of Hillsboro.
A. Foundation Plan, Floor Plans, At least 2 complete cross sections in opposing directions, Roof plan, 4 Elevation views, Energy Compliance
A. Anything under 200 sq feet and no taller than 10 feet in height from the finished floor level to the average height of the roof. Please check with Current Planning on the setbacks required for the building.
A. Permits for smaller units are frequently issued over the counter, with appropriate documentation. If the unit weighs over 400 pounds, engineering will be required to ensure that the supporting structure has the strength to accommodate the loading.
A. No, Oregon does not have a code that would allow for this. Gray water must be treated either through a public system or a Health department approved septic system.
A. Yes, as the owner of a one-or-two family dwelling, you can either hire a licensed plumbing contractor or do the plumbing work yourself without a license. A friend, neighbor, tenant, general contractor or other person cannot legally do the plumbing work unless he or she is a licensed plumber working on behalf of a licensed plumbing contractor.
All materials (pipe, pipe fittings, fixtures and other devices used in plumbing systems) must be listed and approved for their specific uses. This is especially important when installing materials that come into contact with drinking water.
If you hire a plumbing contractor, ask for his or her business registration and ask for the license number of any journeyman plumber performing work. Plumbing contractors must also be registered with the Construction Contractors Board.
A. Yes, Appendix M of the Plumbing Code allows for potable and non-potable use of rain water on commercial and residential properties.
A. When replacing water heaters and underground piping; alter piping inside a wall or ceiling, or beneath a floor, and for plumbing in all new installations.
Emergency repair, alteration or replacement of freeze-damaged or leaking concealed piping, if new piping exceeds 5 feet.
Remodel or add on to your one-or-two family dwelling when existing plumbing is to be relocated. This includes installation of building sewers, water service and exterior drains.
A. When a property owner does "ordinary minor repairs" to plumbing systems on his or her own property, which means repair, replacement, or maintenance of existing accessible fixtures, parts, and appliances and their related water and drain attachments. Do not alter the complete existing plumbing system without a permit.
A. At your local library or see the Plumbing Code link below.