Building Services operates completely on the fees that it collects from issuing building permits.  Fees are charged for permits, engineering and plan review, as well as inspection service.

Permits are based on the type of work being done, the materials used, and/or the total cost of the project.  To determine the price of the permit Building Services uses the Building Valuation Sheet for structural permits, or values listed on permit application for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits.

Building Services accepts the following forms of payment for fees:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Master Card, Visa or Discover cards

Questions?  Please contact us by phone: 503-846-3470



The county will accept Credit Card/Debit Card, or e-Check online payments.  You can pay for your permits and electronic plan submissions with your VISA, MasterCard or Discover card, or e-Check from your computer.  American Express is not accepted at this time.

NOTE: Each individual permit or electronic plan (e-plan) submitted will require a separate payment transaction.

Electronic plan review will require two payments;the first to begin the plan review process and the second for the 'Balance Due' at the time of permit issuance.

The online system is set up to accept the following:

  • Full payment on the Balance Due only.
  • You can pay fees for one Permit per transaction.

The following items are required to pay for a permit or e-plan submission online:

  • A valid e-mail address.
  • The permit number or e-plan project number. 
  • A valid VISA, MasterCard or Discover card if paying by Credit Card.  As a function of this system, you'll have to enter your credit card number twice.
  • Your checking Account and Routing numbers if paying by e-Check.  As a function of this system, you'll have to enter your routing number twice.
  • Once your payment is accepted, a receipt will be emailed to the email address that you have entered with the Billing information.

 Make Online Payment


Washington County is using a 3rd party to process online payments. For more information or if you are experiencing problems, please contact Washington County Building Services, 503-846-3470 between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday. If you are having problems outside our normal business hours please call 877-513-5465.



If you are mailing or faxing in your permit application, please fill out the Bank Card authorization form below and include it with your application.

Bank Card Authorization Form - this form may be filled out online and printed for submission.

Address for mailing Permit applications:

     Washington County Building Services
     Attn: Permit Staff
     155 N 1st Ave., Suite 350, MS 12
     Hillsboro, OR 97124

Washington County also offers Trust Accounts that your company can deposit funds into for payment of fees when you apply for a permit.  If you are interested in doing this, please fill out the Trust Account application below and mail to the address below with your check for the initial deposit into the account.  Trust Account Application

Address for mailing Trust Account applications:

     Washington County Building Services
     Attn: Accounting
     155 N 1st Ave., Suite 350, MS 12
     Hillsboro, OR 97124

Payment questions by phone: 503-846-3470



If you are interested in requesting a refund please fill out the refund request form.

Refund Request Form