Build Across Your Property Line

​If you own two or more neighboring pieces of land, you can apply to have the outside boundary of the lots established as the property line for building purposes. Approval of the property boundary verification would allow you to construct a building on the property line dividing the lots (Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 205).

Procedure type

An application for a property boundary verification is processed following the Type I application procedures under SRC Chapter 300.

Process

State law requires the City of Salem to issue a decision within 120 days of the date the application is deemed complete.

  • You must submit all required items listed in the application checklist section below to the Permit Application Center.

  • You may track the status of your application online at the City of Salem permit tracking webpage.

  • City staff reviews the complete application to determine if it meets the criteria in SRC 205.065(d).

    • If the application cannot be approved, you will be sent a notification explaining why the plan does not comply with the Salem Revised Code.

    • Upon verification that the proposed plan meets the applicable criteria, the Planning Administrator issues a decision.

  • If the Planning Administrator approves the property boundary verification, you must do the following:

    • Record with the county the legal description defining the outside boundary of the units of land to be considered as a single lot for purposes of the Building Code.

    • Provide a copy of the recorded legal description to the Community Development Director when applying for a building permit.

Application checklist

An application for a property boundary verification must contain the following:

  • Land use application form. The land use application form must be signed by the applicant(s), property owner(s), and/or duly authorized representative(s). If the applicant and/or property owner is a Limited Liability Company (LLC), please also provide a list of all members of the LLC with your land use application.

  • Land use application fee. You must pay the application fee when you file your application.

  • Recorded deeds. You must submit a copy of the recorded deeds for the existing units of land.

  • Proposed legal description. You must submit a copy of the proposed legal description defining the outside boundary of the units of land to be considered as a single lot for purposes of the Building Code.

Contact us

Permit Application Center Planning Desk
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mailing address:
555 Liberty ST SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
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