Typical projects that require a building permit include:
- New construction of a single family dwelling
- New construction of a duplex or a secondary dwelling unit
- Additions, alterations, and remodels to existing structures
- Construction of a deck or retaining wall
- Accessory structures such as a garage, carport, or shop
- Garage conversion to living space
- Specialty permits for plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical only
Zoning Land is zoned for certain types of development and use. Each zone has a set of regulations governing the uses, building, setbacks, height and other development standards.
- Zoning maps are available online.
- The Eugene Code, including Chapter 9 Land Use, is available online.
Property Research A record search application can be submitted to determine the permit history on a property.
Codes in Effect Codes are updated on a regular basis, therefore, it is important to have the latest code information.
Stormwater Management The City's Stormwater Management Manual provides information about requirements for managing stormwater runoff and offers design options as well.
Erosion Prevention The Erosion Prevention Program monitors construction sites to ensure protection of city stormwater systems and natural resources.
Green Building The City of Eugene has established a Green Building Program with a vision of making green building practices the norm in Eugene.
Additional Information Other resources include our FAQs and the Residential Fee Estimating Worksheet. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
Applying for a Residential Permit
Apply Online If your project requires plan review, you can submit your application and construction drawings electronically through eBuild. By applying online you can:
- Submit your application and drawings
- Track the status of your project
- Pay fees
- Choose contractors associated with your project
Over-the-Counter Permits Permits for some simple projects may be issued while you wait. To determine if a project qualifies contact a residential plans reviewer. You will need to submit:
- Permit application
- Two sets of plans/supporting documentation
- Fees. Fees will be determined by the scope of the work. See the Residential Fee Estimating Worksheet for more information.
Trade Permits Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits that do not require a plan review can be issued in person at the counter while the customer waits or you can apply online through eBuild (Trade Permits). The following will be required:
- Permit application
- including the job site address and contractor information.
- Fees. See application for associated fees.
Residential Express Permits Projects that qualify for the residential express permit program can be applied for, reviewed and issued the same day.
Standard Review Process The following information is required at time of plan submission:
- Permit application
- Two sets of plans. For assistance please review the Plan Requirements Brochure. Staff will use a checklist to determine if the plans are complete for intake
- Plan check fee. A fee based on the value of work will be required when you submit your application. Customers often have questions about fees, and, although we do not provide firm estimates, we offer resources to aid your planning. Our Residential Fee Estimating Worksheet will assist in estimating costs.
If a project requires plan review, a project coordinator will be assigned to the project. They will perform the plan review, coordinate with other staff (Public Works, Engineering, Land Use, Fire), and act as the primary contact person. When you submit your plans you will receive a log number, which can be used to track your project through the review process. Plan review timeframes vary depending on the scope of the proposed project.
Plans are reviewed for compliance with State and City regulations, and the following are some examples:
||Use of building, lot size, building setbacks, height and other development standards
||Construction site management, erosion control measures for anticipated site conditions
||Connections to streets and utilities, floodplain requirements, SDCs, other site related
||Code compliance, structural integrity, energy conservation, fire safety
||Site access, firefighting water supply
If additional information is submitted for review a supplemental review fee will be applied. After the review is complete and your plans have been approved, your project coordinator will contact you with the total fees due for your permit. The log number will become your permit number once the permit is issued.
When you pick up your permits you will receive printouts which identify all required inspections. You will have 360 days from the day the permit is issued to begin construction on your project in order to keep your permits active. Each time you request an inspection, your permit expiration date will be extended for another 360 days. You will also be eligible for a one time extension of 180 days at no cost during the life of construction. You can check the status of inspections online with the online permit tracking system. After all inspections have been approved, a Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Occupancy can be printed for your records.
Contractors and owners often have a need to occupy a building before all inspections have been approved and the final Certificate of Occupancy can be issued. If there are no outstanding fire life safety issues, you may request a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO), which involves requesting final inspections for most outstanding areas. if you have questions regarding obtaining a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, contact Inspection Support staff at 541-682-5283.