Why get a permit

Construction mistakes can be costly and dangerous. Building and land use permits help prevent mistakes and protect families, homes and investments. Certified inspectors ensure work is performed safely and to code. Building codes ensure structures are safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical/heating systems, electrical shock and health risks.
Permits create permanent records of work and inspections. Oregon law requires homeowners to disclose all remodel work, with or without permits, during home sales.

Where to get a permit


Additional Resources

Urban Development Permitting - Contacts & Tips

Rural Development Permitting - Contacts & Tips


Fee changes effective Jan. 1

In June 2020, the Washington County Board of Commissioners opted to  increase Building and Current Planning fees. To help mitigate the financial impact on our customers, half of the increase was effective July 1, 2020; the second half is effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Unlike many area jurisdictions, both LUT Building Services and Current Planning operate on a cost-recovery basis – meaning that these work groups’ activities are supported entirely by fees for service. These increases are cost-recovery measures necessary to maintain operations. For a complete list of LUT fee increases, visit the Washington County Fiscal Year 2020-21 Fee Schedule (pages 13-31). 

  • Building Services fees: Most fees will increase 2.5% 
  • Current Planning fees: While most fees are increasing a minimum of 2.5%, other targeted increases are also being implemented to achieve cost recovery.