Most commercial building permits require plans for the viewing process. Here are a few guidelines to follow when submitting plans:
- Must be clearly read
- Must be printed or in PDF file format depending on the size of the plans
- If plans are 8 ½ x 11 or a 11×17 files can be emailed to email@example.com
- If plans are larger, they must be dropped off or mailed to Att: Building Department 555 S. Main St. Independence OR 97351 and send 2 (two) copies of the plans. One for our files and one to have on construction site for inspector.
- Does the zoning allow the use?
- Will access or street improvement be required?
- Is the site in a Historic District?
- Are there adequate utilities?
- Is my project fall under the Oregon Code?
If you have questions, you can view the FAQ section HERE, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have all the information necessary to complete the permit process, you can apply for a permit through the Independence Building Department.
- Fill out the necessary permit form for your building project.
- Review the commercial checklist to make sure you have everything needed to apply.
- Prepare you drawings/plans for submission. See Step 1 for more details.
- Prepare supporting documents
You can send your application via email (if file is 11×17 or smaller) at email@example.com or you can mail your application ( a must if file is larger than 11×17) to Att: Building Department 555 S. Main St. Independence, OR. 97351
- Once received the review process will begin.
- Depending on the size of the project and how busy the inspector is will determine how long the process will take. It can be anywhere from 3 business days to 1 month.
The plans are reviewed for compliance with State and City regulations.
Your plans will be reviewed by staff, and they will respond to you if there is more information needed to complete the review.
Once the review process is complete, the Building Department will contact you to make payment for the permit. Once paid, the permit and approved plans will be addressed to you.
When the plan review process is complete, your permit will be issued and your approved plans.
You have 180 days from the day the permit is issued to get your first inspection in order to keep your permit active. Each time you request an inspection, your permit expiration date will extended for another 180 days.
You are also eligible for a one-time extension of 180 days at no cost during the life of construction.
- You can request an inspection by calling the building inspection line at 503-837-1199
- No inspections will be taken by email, or other ways.
Once the final inspection is completed and passed, a final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued (for projects that these are needed).