Submit Land Use Application

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If you are changing how you use your current property or you are improving your property, you may need approval from the City of Salem.

Step 1: Review requirements

The requirements and processes for zoning and land use actions are different depending on what you want to do. Generally, actions fall into one of the following categories:

  • Change your property use
  • Change property boundaries
  • Develop and build on your property

You should talk to a planner about your project if you do not know what land use approval you need. A planner can provide you with the information and application packet you need.

Step 2: Request a pre-application conference

You can request a pre-application conference to get detailed information on how to move forward with your project. In some cases, a pre-application conference is required. You can talk to a planner or consult the application packet for your land use action to find out if a pre-application conference is required.

Step 3: Submit your land use application

Once you know the submittal requirements, you are ready to complete and submit your land use application.

Land use procedure types determine the process used to make and appeal a requested land use decision under Salem Revised Code Chapter 300.

Download ​land use application form or  ​Apply for site plan review
Please email applications to [email protected], when the application is accepted you will be notified by email of fees and can start uploading documents (see Step 4).

Make sure you follow the file naming standards for land use applications when preparing your files. You can submit site plan review application and documents for electronic review through SPLASH.

Step 4: Upload plans and documents

  1. Login to SPLASH using your email address and password. Documents will not be accepted by email.

  2. Click the View My Permits link to get a list of your permits.

  3. Click a permit link in the left column to see its details.

  4. Click the [Attach Files] button at the bottom of the page.

  5. Use the [Browse] button to choose one or more PDF file(s) to upload from your computer. In some browsers, this button may be displayed as [Choose Files].

  6. Click the file you want to upload. To select additional files, press and hold the <Ctrl> key while you click the additional files.

  7. When you are done selecting files, click the [Open] button. The system returns you to the Attach files page.

  8. Click the [Send] button to perform the upload.

  9. After the upload finishes, a message appears showing the result of your upload.

  10. Click the [OK] button to return to the Attach Files page.

  11. You should receive a confirmation email message within 30 minutes.

Step 5: Pay online

  1. Login to SPLASH using your email address and password.

  2. Click the Pay my account link.

  3. Click the box in the Check column to the left of the permit(s) you want to pay.

  4. Click the [Pay Selected Item(s)] button.

  5. Click in the Name on Card/Account field, and type the name on the credit card exactly as it appears on the card.

  6. Mark the acknowledgement box below the registered user information.

  7. Click the [Proceed with Payment] button.

  8. At the confirmation prompt, click the [Ok] button. The system will process for several minutes before displaying the Make a Payment screen. At this point, you have been transferred to the bank's website and all your information is handled by the bank.

Other land use application forms

Class 1 - Temporary use permit - Application Form
Class 2 - Temporary use permit - Application Packet
Expedited land division application
Land use appeal request application
Land use approval extension request application
Trip generation estimate form

​Related resources

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Salem OR 97301
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