Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits may be required for all exempted items.

Work exempt from permits for multifamily and commercial:

  1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
  2. Fences not over 7 feet in height.
  3. Oil derricks.
  4. Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
  5. Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  6. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
  7. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  8. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
  9. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons, and are installed entirely above ground.
  10. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems.
  11. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of one or two-family dwelling, as applicable in Section 101.2, and Group U occupancies.
  12. Movable cases, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.
  13. Farm agricultural buildings exempted in ORS 455.315.
  14. Equine facilities exempted in ORS 455.315.

Work exempt from permits for one or two family dwellings:

  1. Non-habitable one-story detached accessory structures provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet. and a height of 10 feet measured from the finished floor level, to the average height of the roof surface.
  2. Except for barriers around swimming pools, fences not over 7 feet in height.
  3. Retaining walls not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  5. Concrete sidewalks, slabs and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.
  6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, interior wall, floor or ceiling covering and similar finish work.
  7. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a one or two-family dwelling where the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade. Barrier requirements are not exempt.
  8. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two-family dwelling.
  9. Patio and porch covers not over 200 square feet and supported by an exterior building wall.
  10. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  11. Nonbearing partitions, except when such partitions create habitable rooms.
  12. Replacement or repair of siding not required to be fire-resistive.
  13. Retrofitted insulation.
  14. Masonry repair.
  15. Porches and decks, where the floor or deck is not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade measured at any point within 3' horizontally of the floor or deck, and the deck or floor does not come closer than 3 feet to property lines.
  16. Gutters and downspouts.
  17. Door and window replacements (where no structural member is changed).
  18. Plastic glazed storm windows.
  19. Framed-covered accessory buildings not more than 500 square feet in area, one story in height and not closer than 3 feet to a property line, where the structure is composed of a rigid framework that supports a fabric membrane.
  20. Reroofing, where replacement or repair of roofing does not exceed 30 percent of the required live load design capacity and the roof is not required to be fire-resistive.
    • Exceptions -- Permits for re-roofing ARE required for the following:
      • Structures falling within Low-Rise Construction, or
      • Structures falling within the scope of Rowhouse Construction, or
      • Structures in wildfire hazard zones.
Last updated: 2/26/2016 12:20:39 PM