Building Permit Services are Available!  Call our main phone line (503.397.1501 ext. 1) to access all land development services including scheduling an appointment, dropping off applications and picking up permits.

The Building Division of the Land Development Services Department is entrusted with achieving compliance with applicable State laws and adopted building codes in regard to building design and construction within unincorporated Columbia County and the City of Rainier.

Building codes are in place to protect public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structure.

Our services include plan review, permitting and inspections. 

Building Safety Program

The Building Division manager administers the Oregon State Building and Specialty Codes Program with county amendments to protect the safety of buildings and occupants within the unincorporated portions of the county as well as contract cities.

Building Staff conduct plans examinations, field inspections, code enforcement and provides code education, including:

  • electrical plans examination and inspection and inspection for the entire County except the City of Vernonia and the City of Clatskanie

  • plans examination, field inspection and code enforcement services within the Cities of Rainier and Prescott

  • plumbing plans examination and supplemental field inspection within the City of St. Helens and Scappoose.


Apply for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits online through the State of Oregon's ePermitting system. e-Permitting online→

Applicable Codes

Contact our office for the newest codes, building applications, guides and fee schedule.

Helpful Links

Land Development Services Quick Links
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
Fax: 503-366-3902

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00
We are available by phone and email, or by appointment only.
Office Manager
Teresa Golson
Building Official
Suzie Dahl, CBO
Planning Manager
Matt Laird
Karen Schminke, AICP