Residential Building Projects

    • Projects Requiring a Permit
    • Projects Not Requiring a Permit
    Projects Requiring a Permit

    Permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, replace or move a building or electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems.

    Examples:

    • Adding a room.
    • Building, demolishing or moving a carport, garage, or shed more than 200 square feet in area.
    • Finishing an attic, garage or basement to make additional living space.
    • Cutting a new window or door opening, or widening existing openings.
    • Moving, removing or adding walls.
    • Applying roofing material when all of the old roofing material is removed and new sheathing is installed.
    • Building a stairway.
    • Building a deck more than 30 inches above grade*
    • Putting up a fence higher than 6 feet.
    • Moving more than 50 cubic yards of earth or any amount of cut/fill on sites affected by waterways or slope hazards.

    *Residential deck guide

    Projects Not Requiring a Permit

    Many minor projects don't require a permit on a one- or two-family dwelling. For example:

    • Paving a walkway.
    • Putting up shelving.
    • Retrofitting insulation.
    • Adding storm windows.

    Read more about projects that do not require permits.

  • Links and resources

    Electronic plan (ePlan) Review

    Residential code summary for structural and mechanical requirements

    Residential construction submittal packet

    Residential permits monthly report

    Contact us

    • Permit Services: 503-618-2845
    • Planner on Duty at 503-618-2780 or POD@GreshamOregon.gov, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm