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 structures. Our services include plan review, permitting, and inspections.
The Building Division 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:
Apply for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits online through the State of Oregon's ePermitting system.
Contact our office for the newest codes, building applications, guides and fee schedule.
Permits Protect→ Information you need to do building and remodeling projects correctly the first time and protect the safety and value of your home.
*Building Department Proposed Fee Notice:
Columbia County is proposing to make changes to our building program fees. We will b holding a public hearing to receive comments. View the proposed fee notice.
Hearing Date and Time: May 18, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Location: Columbia County Courthouse, 230 Strand St., Room 310, St. Helens, OR 97051
A virtual meeting option is available at the following link: https://www.columbiacountyor.gov/meetings