Do I Need a Residential Permit?

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Exemptions from permit requirements of the 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty 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.  Permits shall not be required for the following:

If a building is on the Historical Registry there may be additional requirements required to make any changes to a building so please contact Scott Woodford Associate Planner at 541-923-7758.    

Any owner or owner's authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the Building Department and obtain the required permit.

Work exempt from a permit

Exemption 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 municipality.  Permits shall not be required for the following:


1. Non-habitable one-story detached accessory structures, provided that the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet and a wall height of 10 feet measured from the finished floor level to the top of the top plate. Exemption: Where the structure is located on a parcel of 2.0 acres or greater in area, and the structure is located a minimum of 20 feet from all property lines, floor area may be increased to 400 square feet.

2. Except for barriers around swimming pools as required in Appendix G, fences not over 7 feet high and typical field fencing not over 8 feet high where constructed of woven wire or chain link.  Please contact Planning Department to confirm the requirements per the City of Redmond Development Code regarding fences.  There are special requirements for fencing.  541-923-7719 Planning Main number.

3.  Retaining walls that do not support a regulated building, do not retain material which, if not restrained, could impact a regulated building.

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, platforms and driveways on private property.  Exception: Any sidewalk, driveway approach and or repair of sidewalk or driveway approach in a right of way requires a permit.   

6. Painting, papering, tilling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, interior wall, floor or ceiling covering and similar finish work.

7.  Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 Occupancy where the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade.  Barrier requirements found in Appendix G are not exempt. 

8.  Swings and other playground equipment.

9.   Patio covers, as defined in AH102, and porch covers not over 200 square feet and supported by an exterior wall and do not require additional support.

10.  Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

11.  Non-bearing 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 feet horizontally of the floor or deck, and where in the case of a covered porch, the covered portion of the porch 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.  Re-roofing, where replacement or repair of roofing does not exceed 30 percent of he required live load design capacity and the roof is not required to be fire resistive.  Exceptions:  1) Permits for re-roofing are required for structures in wildfire hazard zones as provided in Section R327 and 2) Structures falling within the scope of Section R302.2 and 3) Permits for re-roofing are required where more than 15 percent of the existing space sheathing is removed to facilitate the installation of new sheathing.  

19. Plastic glazed storm windows.

20.  Framed-covered non-habitable accessory buildings not more than 500 square feet in area ones 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.

21.  Ground mounted flagpoles, antennae, and similar items that do not exceed 25 feet in height.

Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits may be required for the above exempted items.  In addition, all new construction and substantial improvements (including the placement of prefabricated buildings and certain building work exempt from permit under Section R105.2) shall be designed and constructed with methods, practices and materials that minimize flood damage in accordance with this code.


1. Portable heating appliances, cooking or clothes drying appliances.

2.  Portable ventilation appliances.

3.  Portable cooling units.

4.  Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.

5.  Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval or equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

6.  Portable evaporative coolers.

7.  Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 20 pounds or less of refrigerant or less.

8.  Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid. 

If you have any questions regarding what may or may not need a permit, please contact the Community Development Department Building Division at 541-923-7721.

Thank you.