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Most work done on a commercial property requires a permit. For the list of exemptions, refer to the Oregon Structural Specialty Code 2014 Edition, OSSC 105.2 Work Exempt from Permits.
When it is required that documents are prepared by a registered design professional, you will be required to indicate who will be the responsible professional in charge when submitting the application.
While we are not able to provide you with an exact estimate of permit fees, our office does publish a Commercial Fee Estimating Guide that provides a description of fees and tips for calculating the costs for your project. The most complex fee calculation for your project will be System Development Charges (SDCs). Although we are unable to provide an estimate of SDCs, our Public Works staff will be happy to explain the methodology for calculating this fee. Because SDCs often will be a significant amount, be sure to take this into consideration when planning your project.
The ground snow load in Eugene is approximately 11 psf at a elevation of 420 feet (OSSC 1608.2.2; http://snowload.seao.org). The ground snow load must be modified in accordance with ASCE 7-16 Table 7.2 for higher elevations. However, the minimum snow load and minimum sloped roof snow load of 20 psf typically govern design (see OSSC 1608.2.3 and 1608.2.4). An additional rain-on-snow surcharge load of 5 psf applies for flat roofs and roofs that constrain runoff. (OSSC 1608.2.5)
Basic design wind speeds for Eugene are as follows (OSSC Table 1609.3):
Most structures in Eugene are assigned Seismic Design Category D in accordance with OSSC 1613.2.5. Seismic design parameters should be obtained from https://hazards.atcouncil.org/.
New multi-family apartments constructed under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) require fire sprinklers.
Sprinklers may be required in new commercial buildings, additions to commercial buildings or a change of occupancy. Requirements for sprinklers are noted in the OSSC and the Fire Code (OFC). Each project requires individual review.
The requirements for fire suppression systems in a single family dwelling are determined by the size of the home, the available water supply at the street and the relative ease of access for the fire department to the house. The requirement for sprinkler systems for commercial buildings are found in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC).
Fees assessed for fire permits are found in the Construction and Development Fee Schedule.
Typical items inspected are:
Each project is different and we cannot provide firm estimates but do offer resources to aid your planning. The Commercial Fee Estimating Guide provide a description of fees and tips for calculating your costs. If you have questions regarding fees please contact our staff at 541-682-5505.
The length of time required to obtain your permit will depend on the complexity of your project and the completeness of your plans. After your project has been assigned a project coordinator, you will receive a Commitment Letter which will give you an estimate of the time required to complete the review of your project.
You can search our Building Permit database for permits applied for as of June 1998. If the structure was built prior to 1998 you might want to consider submitting a Record Search Application. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee which will pay for the first 45 minutes of research through older permit records. In accordance with State guidelines, our office does not keep residential plans beyond two years after the completed date of the project. We do keep plans for commercial projects. After the commercial project has been completed the plans are stored on microfilm. The view microfilmed plans that are available before deciding if you would like copies of plans, please submit a Record Search Application Staff will contact you to set up an appointment time that will work for you.
The answer to this question is based on the zone a property is located in. For example, if a property is located in Low Density Residential (R-1), a secondary dwelling unit may be permitted as long as it meet zoning code standards. For general questions about our current requirements, you can email the Planner-On-Duty or call 541-682-5377. For information on additional dwellings in other zones see the Multifamily Permits page.
Typically fences can be built without a permit but must still meet land use standards. See the Fences and Accessory Structures handout for more information.
For sites within the city limits, Public Works staff may be able to determine the approximate distance of the property line from the street curb or sidewalk. If the original property pins (typically a metal post with a plastic tie or cap attached at the top) are still in place, you may be able to locate them by using a metal detector. To determine precise locations of property lines, you may need to engage the services of a private land surveyor.
The base charge for a site development permit, which includes reviews by Public Works and Land Use, is $963.56. Additional fees may apply depending upon the scope of work. If a plumbing permit is needed for a private storm sewer, building permit for grading or fill, or fire safety and systems review by the Fire Department, additional fees will apply. For limited site development work such as grading/fill only, the final fee can be less than the standard $963.56, depending on the number of cubic yards being moved from or placed on the lot.
It can be difficult for contractors to distinguish between private and public improvements, and the applicable standards differ – resulting in separate reviews and inspections that are part of an overall development process. All private improvement inspections must be requested through our online inspection scheduling application similar to other inspection requests.
You must request all required inspections on a project. Without approval for all inspections, a site development permit could expire and permit renewal (more fees) would be required. For information about the inspection process, contact inspection support staff Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 541-682-5283. If you do not have access to a computer, our inspection support staff will also be able to assist you in scheduling the inspection.
A sign permit application is required for each sign on a property, regardless of the number of signs proposed. Staff will review the application and use a checklist to determine if the plans are complete for intake. The following information is required for each sign permit application: • Sign application; • Signed electrical application (if the sign is illuminated); • Site plan, elevation drawing, and attachment details (see Sign Permit Plan Requirement Checklist).
Sign permit applications should be submitted online through eBuild.
A building permit is NOT required for the following signs types:Freestanding signs that meet ALL of the following requirements: 1) Overall height less than 12 feet 2) The horizontal sign dimension is less than twice the vertical sign dimension 3) The sign area is less than 100 square feet 4) The sign is mounted to a steel pole which is: a) embedded in a concrete footing b) extends vertically through the sign cabinetWall signs that meet ALL of the following requirements: 1) The sign is attached to the wall of a building 2) The plane of the sign is parallel to the plane of the building wall 3) The sign projects no more that 9 inches from the face of the wall 4) The sign does not extend beyond the sides or top of the wall 5) The sign is anchored to the wall structure with a minimum type and number of fasteners evenly distributed over the area of the sign as follows based on the structure of the wall a) Wood stud wall: 1/4-in lag screws with 2-in penetration into studs or blocking (one per 12 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum: b) Steel stud wall: #12 sheet metal screws into studs or blocking (one per 4 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum) c) Concrete/CMU wall: 1/4-in Titen screws (or similar) with 2-in penetration (one per 8 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum)
Please contact Building staff or call 541-682-5613 for more information.
Your sign permit application will be assigned a permit number. Within three days of permit application acceptance, you will receive a commitment date for review. The commitment date is when you can expect a permit approval or notification that additional information is needed. You may also review a permit’s progress through the City’s permit tracking system using the permit number, the street address, or your business name.