Why Do I Need a Permit?

Permits protect your family and your home.

Permits help you protect your investment and prevent mistakes.

When you take out a permit, you are paying to have a certified inspector come out to make sure work is done safely and to code.  You know that  you are protecting your family and also the value of your home.

Construction mistakes can be exasperating, extremely costly and, in some cases, even deadly. Permits empower you to get safe, quality workmanship and avoid big problems down the line.

When selling your home, you are now required by Oregon law to fully disclose all remodeling work and whether or not permits were obtained. With permits and inspections, you can expect a smoother closing process, free of last-minute hassles, inspections and repair work if the home isn't up to code.

What is the purpose of the permits and codes?

The purpose behind building codes is to give reasonable assurance that a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and health risks. The permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and inspections conducted on the project.

Insist on permits!  It doesn't matter whether you do the work as the homeowner or you hire a licensed contractor to do the work - It simply does not pay to cut corners when it comes to protecting the safety of your family or the value of your biggest financial asset, your home.

Where do I go to get a Permit?

Washington County Building Services is located in Room 350 of the Public Services Building at 155 North First Avenue, downtown Hillsboro (The tan brick, three-story building on the corner of First Avenue and Main Street). 

Our public counter hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Our phone number is 503-846-3470.  Our main fax number is 503-846-3993 or for the Commercial Plans Examiners, 503-846-8111. 

The easiest way to drive to our location is to take Highway 26 to the Glencoe Rd/North Plains exit.  At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto Glencoe Road – follow Glencoe for approximately 4 miles until you come into Hillsboro – Glencoe Rd turns into 1st Avenue which comes out right in front of our Building. 

We are on the right side of the street between Lincoln and Main St.  Two hour parking spaces are available in the lots north and west of the Public Services Building and you may enter through the east, west and south entrance doors.  The elevators are located in the center of the building and directory kiosks are available near the south and west entrances. 

A combination information booth/coffee kiosk is also located at the main east side entrance.  Welcome to our building  - we look forward to your visit.