Building Permit Process & Application Forms

Submitting a Permit

Due to COVID-19 safety measures please read the following for our new permit submittal protocol. Prior to visiting our office please call 541-766-6819 or email permitcheck@co.benton.or.us.

1.  Initial application completeness review via email. See the list of permit applications below. (A complete application typically includes a site plan of 11x17 or smaller, construction drawings and structural calculations)

Send the following documents to permitcheck@co.benton.or.us:

  • Agricultural Exempt Permit Applications
  • Demolition Permits
  • Septic Permits
  • Structural Permits
  • Other building permits that cannot be applied for through the E-Permitting website.

2.  A Planning Technician will review your site plan for completeness and be in contact with you about any missing items.

3.  A Permit Technician will review your application packet for completeness. Upon approval of the site plan and confirmation of a complete application, you will be contacted by a permit technician to set up an appointment for submitting the full size plans and calculations. See note below about our digital submission option:

Note: To facilitate digital submission and processing during this COVID-19 situation, we will provide printing services for plans that do not exceed 11” X 17” at no additional cost.

Plans that are larger than 11” X 17” will go through a site plan review and upon approval and confirmation of a complete application, you will be contacted by a Permit Technician directed to drop off the full size plans and calculations.

4.  Your address is the information used on the majority of permits. If no address has been assigned to the property yet, the legal description (12-digit map & tax lot number) and the road name may be used. Call 541-766-6819 and ask for building permits for other pertinent information regarding your permit.

Quick Links: Permit & Application Forms; Additional Forms, Acknowledgements & Certificates; Fee Schedules; Site Plan Requirements

Permit and Application Forms (Use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to fill out form and enter digital signature):

BUILDING PERMITS ARE VALID FOR 180 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE:  The Building Official may grant a 180-day extension provided a written request for the extension is received ten (10) days prior to the expiration of the original permit. 

NOTE: If your proposed structure or demolition is within the floodplain you will also need to submit a floodplain development application (the form and instructions will be at the bottom of the page).

Submit the following permit applications to permitcheck@co.benton.or.us for preliminary review.

Form Name Description/Instructions
Agricultural Exempt Building Application*

An agricultural exempt building is a type of building that is exempt from meeting building code. Please review the application to determine whether your property will qualify for an agricultural exempt building. If seeking an exemption for a forest use and need assistance with a Forest Management Plan see Oregon's Forest Management Plan Guidelines.

Demolition Permit*

Required for the removal of any dwelling or structure that has assessed value (is taxed).
Decommission Permit We are no longer using this form, see Residential Change of Use or Occupancy Permit below.

Electrical Permit

   
Mechanical Permit    

Plumbing Permit

   
Residential Change of Use or Occupancy Permit Use to change a residential structure from one use or occupancy to another (examples: house to storage building, a garage to a play room, etc.). If you are converting a dwelling in order to replace it in a farm or forest zone, additional documentation is required. Contact a Planner for details at 541-766-6819 or comdevinfo@co.benton.or.us.

Structural Permit*

Also include a demolition permit (see link above) if this is a replacement structure.
New Dwelling Permit See New Dwellings section below.
Manufactured Dwelling Placement Permit See New Dwellings section below.
     
New Dwellings - Please submit the following items 1-5 to accompany your dwelling permit application:
Choose one: New Single Family Dwelling Permit* or Used when constructing a site built dwelling
  Manufactured Dwelling Permit Application* Used when placing a manufactured home on private property or in a park (If placing in a park we do not require the following information)
Also include: Demolition Permit (If applicable)  When old home is being removed and replaced.
1a and Water Information Acknowledgement Form.  
1b Water quality and pump tests (download the forms under "New Dwelling or Place of Public Occupancy Water Testing Requirements")  If you are replacing a dwelling and the water source has been in use by the former dwelling within the last 12 months, your water source may be exempt from these tests.
2a or Septic Installation Permit*: Used when installing a new septic system after a Feasibility Permit has been issued.  Must have Site Feasibility which identifies the type of system and location completed prior to this application and cannot make application for dwelling until Feasibility is first completed.  See the septic web page here for additional information or contact Benton County Environmental Health at 541-766-6841.
2b Septic Authorization of Use Permit*: Used when connecting to an existing septic system. See the septic web page here for additional information or contact Benton County Environmental Health at 541-766-6841.
3 Access Water Supply Worksheet Work with your local Fire District/Department on completing the worksheet and submit a signed copy (bottom of the form) with the dwelling permit application. This will ensure the access and water supply for the property meet the requirements needed for emergency services.
4 Address Request or Confirmation Form Provide even if you are using an existing address.
5 Energy Selection Form: Not required for manufactured homes.  Used as an aid to ensure the plans meet the minimum standards of Ch.11 of the Oregon Residential Structural Code (ORSC).  Consult your design professional for clarification or ask a Permit Tech for assistance.

 * Note: These permits require a site plan of your property, please see description and checklist below.

Licensed Contractors may submit Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits via E-permitting (this option is not available to unlicensed individuals).

Additional Forms, Acknowledgements and Certificates

Fee Schedules

Site Plan Requirements

Site plans, also known as "plot plans" or "site maps", are required for many building permits and applications. The site map must include the information shown on the Sample Site Plan & Checklist

Site plans provide the permit reviewers with a map of the existing conditions on your property, including where existing structures are located and where your proposed structure, addition, decommission, or demolition will be occurring. This site plan typically gets routed to your local fire department, the Assessor's Office, the Public Works Department, the Environmental Health Division, the Planning Division, and the Building Division. Since we have limited scanning equipment, we can only accept legible plot plans (12 point font or larger) that are poster (11" x 17") or letter (8 1/2" x 11") sized.  A site plan is required when applying for a(n): 

  • Agricultural Exempt Permit,
  • Structural Building Permit (new or exterior expansion only),
  • Decommission Permit,
  • Demolition Permit, and
  • Manufactured Dwelling Placement Permit. 

Submit your site plan to permitcheck@co.benton.or.us along with the rest of your application materials.