When is a Residential Permit Needed?
Typical projects that require a building permit include:
  • New construction of a single family dwelling
  • New construction of a duplex or a secondary dwelling unit
  • Additions, alterations, and remodels to existing structures
  • Construction of a deck or retaining wall
  • Accessory structures such as a garage, carport, or shop
  • Garage conversion to living space
  • Specialty permits for plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical only
There are some projects that do not require a building permit such as a small storage shed or play equipment. Work exempt from a permit still needs to meet building code requirements as well as local code requirements (setbacks, height, etc.).

  1. Step 1 Prepare
  2. Step 2 Apply
  3. Step 3 Review
  4. Step 4 Build
Prepare for the Residential Permit Process

Zoning Land is zoned for certain types of development and use. Each zone has a set of regulations governing the uses, building, setbacks, height and other development standards.

Property Research A record search application can be submitted to determine the permit history on a property.

Codes in Effect Codes are updated on a regular basis, therefore, it is important to have the latest code information.

Stormwater Management The City's Stormwater Management Manual provides information about requirements for managing stormwater runoff and offers design options as well.

Erosion Prevention The Erosion Prevention Program monitors construction sites to ensure protection of city stormwater systems and natural resources.

Green Building The City of Eugene has established a Green Building Program with a vision of making green building practices the norm in Eugene.

Additional Information Other resources include our FAQs and the Residential Fee Estimating Worksheet.  Please contact us if you have any additional questions.