Building

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.  

Building Safety Program

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:

  • electrical plans examination 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

E-Permits

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

Dig Safely-Its The Law-Call 811 Before You Dig

Construction Contractor Board

Permits Protect→    Information you need to do building and remodeling projects correctly the first time and protect the safety and value of your home.  

Oregon State Building Codes Division

Building
Suzie Dahl
Phone Numbers
503-397-1501
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
230 Strand St
Historic Courthouse
St. Helens,
OR
97051

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.