Building & Safety Division
The Building and Safety Division of the Community Development Department encompasses construction plans review, inspection services, and permitting; vocational business licensing; multifamily-housing licensing; parking permit services; and other development/permit application information.
Our promise to our customers is ensure public safety while consistently honoring their need for professional service by offering predictable, friendly assistance and efficiency through streamlined processes that promote positive community and business relationships.
Check out our Division Highlights while you're visiting and our Hours & Other Info for hours of operation and other important Division information. Please stay tuned to our website and look for new information and services being posted all the time!
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Notice: New Valuation Table Effective 07-01-2015
Important Note: Site Plan Review is REQUIRED for Commercial Building Project submittals - this requirement may affect timelines on the building process.
Building and Safety Application Forms:
* Fillable and Saveable PDF
CURRENT FEES ARE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Adopted Building and Safety Fee Schedule - Effective September 24, 2013
Please call 503-588-6256, select option 1, then option 3, for fee estimates on your project.
Construction Valuation Table (ICC) - Effective July 1, 2014
Construction Valuation Table (ICC) - Effective July 1, 2015
After review by the Building Codes Division, open public hearing, and approval through the City of Salem's public Council meeting process, our fees and methodology are adopted each fiscal year. As a result, all of our applications are also updated during that time. For this reason, please avoid keeping hardcopies on file and print from the application forms listing below, available for immediate use!
Notable Information regarding FEES:
The DWELLING permit for a NEW Single Family Dwelling does NOT include the Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing portions of the work - separate permits must be purchased. This method is based on a square footage valuation method.
MECHANICAL Permit - Commercial and Multifamily Mechanical permit fees are calculated based on mechanical project valuation; other types of Mechanical permit fees are based on per appliance/equipment.
PLUMBING Permit - NEW 1 & 2 Family Dwelling permit fees are calculated based on number of bathrooms and kitchens; other types of Plumbing permit fees are based on per fixture/service. Also Residential Fire Supression permits are calculated based on the square footage of area to be covered by the fire suppression system - Medical Gas Installation permits are calculated based on the valuation of the install.
ELECTRICAL Permit - NEW 1 & 2 Family Dwelling and NEW Multifamily permit fees are calculated based on square footage, all other Electrical permit type fees are calculated based on per equipment/service.
CUSTOMIZED PERMIT SERVICES
includes Expedited Plan Review and/or Expedited Inspections for services performed outside of normal timeframes; Project Coordinator for all major projects valued at $10,000,000 or greater; Phased Permitting allows construction to begin on a portion or portions of an individual structure/building; and Deferred Plans Submittal where portions of a building design are allowed to be submitted separately at a later date. All of these require an application to request them, advance notice, and the fees are in addition to standard permit/review fees.