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Most work done on a commercial property requires a permit. For the list of exemptions, refer to the Oregon Structural Specialty Code 2014 Edition, OSSC 105.2 Work Exempt from Permits.
When it is required that documents are prepared by a registered design professional, you will be required to indicate who will be the responsible professional in charge when submitting the application.
While we are not able to provide you with an exact estimate of permit fees, our office does publish a Commercial Fee Estimating Guide that provides a description of fees and tips for calculating the costs for your project. The most complex fee calculation for your project will be System Development Charges (SDCs). Although we are unable to provide an estimate of SDCs, our Public Works staff will be happy to explain the methodology for calculating this fee. Because SDCs often will be a significant amount, be sure to take this into consideration when planning your project.
New multi-family apartments constructed under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) require fire sprinklers.
Sprinklers may be required in new commercial buildings, additions to commercial buildings or a change of occupancy. Requirements for sprinklers are noted in the OSSC and the Fire Code (OFC). Each project requires individual review.