Do I Need a Permit?

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When is a residential permit required?buildingpermit

Building permits are usually required when building safety might be affected. You will need a permit to construct, enlarge, alter, move or demolish any one or two family dwelling or related structure.

For example, a residential building permit is required to:

  • add a room
  • build, demolish, or move a carport, garage, or shed more than 200 square feet in area or 10 feet high, see handout
  • finish an attic, garage, or basement to make additional living space
  • cut a new window or door openings and enlarging existing openings
  • move, remove, or add bearing walls or walls creating habitable rooms
  • apply roofing when all of the old roofing is removed and new sheathing is installed
  • build a stairway
  • build a retaining wall more than 4 feet high measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, or to build any retaining wall affected by the weight of a nearby driveway, structure, etc.
  • build a deck more than 30 inches high from the lowest point of the grade

If you are not sure you need a permit, please contact the City of Redmond, Building Division at (541) 923-7721.

What can I do without a residential permit?

You do not need a permit to do minor repairs and maintenance on a one or two family dwelling.

A permit is NOT required to:

  • paint buildings that are not historical landmarks
  • blow insulation into existing homes
  • put up storm windows
  • install window awnings that are supported by an exterior wall
  • add non-bearing walls, except when creating a habitable room
  • replace interior wall, floor, or ceiling covering such as wallboard or sheet vinyl
  • put up shelving and cabinets
  • install gutters and down spouts
  • replace or repair roofing where there is no replacement of sheathing (a maximum of 3 layers of roofing is allowed) - residential only
  • replace doors or windows where the existing openings are not widened
  • pave a walkway or driveway
  • build a deck that is not more than 30 inches above grade
Being exempt from a permit does not mean that you can do any work that would violate any law or ordinance. Code standards will need to be met even when a permit is not required.

For more information on building a shed or detached structure on your property please refer to the following attachment: Accessory Structure Handout

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