Online Building Permit Process

Depending on the complexity of your project, you can complete most or all of the permit process online.

Licensed contractors can also consider the State of Oregon’s ePermitting System.

Prepare application forms, building plans and documents

All building permit application forms are available electronically in PDF format. If you are using Internet Explorer, you can click the [Submit] button on the form, and your email client will open with the completed form attached. If you are using a different browser, you need to save the completed PDF and manually attach it to an email addressed to [email protected].

You can submit building plans and documents for electronic plan review through the City of Salem Permit Application Center website. The following documents provide information on the files you need and how they should be named:

The final preparation step is to register as a Permit Application Center user.

Upload plans and documents

All documents uploaded must be searchable and editable. Engineers and architects should send files containing a computer-generated image of seal with handwritten signature. Salem cannot accept files that are digitally signed as the final approved plans are combined into one file.

To upload plans and documents:

  1. Login to the Permit Application Center. Documents will not be accepted by email.

  2. You will see a dashboard with boxes showing your active permits dividided by type, e.g., development/building permits, land use actions, licenses, parking permits, etc.

  3. Click the desired permit number in the box.

  4. Click the [Add/Upload] button in the Attachments section.

  5. Upload files by clicking the [Choose Files] button or by dragging and dropping files into the dashed area,

  6. When you are done selecting files, click the [Upload] button. 

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

  8. Click the [OK] button to return to permit details page.

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

Pay online

  1. Login to the Permit Application Center.

  2. If you are renewing a permit or license, click the Renew link. You need to complete the renewal process before you can pay the renewal fee. 

  3. If you are paying an existing permit, click the Make Payment link. 

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

  5. Click the [Make Payment] button.

  6. You will be transferred to the bank’s payment page to complete your payment.

  7. As a convenience, the bank’s payment page is filled-in with your name and address information as it appears in our permitting system. If you choose to pay with a credit card, you must ensure that the name and address on the screen matches your credit card billing name and address. You can type any necessary changes on the bank’s payment page.

Respond to plans examiner comments

The plans examiner reviewing your plans will email you a letter explaining any items you need to address.

If the comments require you to submit revised files, use the following guidelines to prepare your files:

  1. Include all sheets. 

  2. On each changed sheet, identify the changes made with a cloud and revision.

  3. Make sure the file name conforms to the naming standards.

  4. Create and upload an additional 8.5 x 11 narrative explaining what sheets were revised and a brief description of what was changed.

Print your permit

Once your plans have been approved and all the fees are paid, you will be notified that your permit has been issued. You can print your permit through online as follows:

  1. Login to the Permit Application Center.

  2. You will see a dashboard with boxes showing your active permits dividided by type, e.g., development/building permits, land use actions, licenses, parking permits, etc.

  3. Click the desired permit number in the box.

  4. If your permit is in Issued status and your balance is zero, you will see a [Permit] to the right of the permit number. Click this link to see your building permit.

  5. Print the permit and store it on the building site.

Download your approved plans

Once your plans have been approved and all the fees are paid, you will be notified that your permit has been issued. You can download your approved plans as follows:

  1. Login to the Permit Application Center.

  2. You will see a dashboard with boxes showing your active permits dividided by type, e.g., development/building permits, land use actions, licenses, parking permits, etc.

  3. Click the desired permit number in the box.

  4. In the details screen, click the [View/Download] button next to the approved plan file.

  5. Be sure to print a full-size set of the approved plans for the building site.

Request inspections

As work is progressing on your project, you can request inspections as follows:

  1. Login to the Permit Application Center.

  2. Click the Inspections link to get a list of your permits available for inspections.

  3. Click the check box to the left of the permit needing an inspection, and then click the Request Inspections button.

  4. For each type of inspection you want, choose the date you want for the inspection. Inspections will be scheduled based on inspector availability.

When you are ready to request your final inspection, you need to call the Permit Application Center.

Obtain certificate of Final Approval and Certificate of Occupancy

When the final inspections have been approved and all administrative steps completed, a Certificate of Final Approval or a Certificate of Occupancy will be emailed to the contractor listed on the permit.

Two architects reviewing plans on computer screen.

Contact us

Permit Application Center
General Questions
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Permit/License Processing
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Plans Intake
Monday–Friday
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mail payments to:
PO Box 3405
Portland OR 97208
Phone: