<br />For Immediate Release Contact: Martha Bennett, City Manager
<br />March 16, 2020 503-635-0215
<br /> City Implements Additional Strategies to Help Slow
<br />the Spread of COVID-19
<br />LAKE OSWEGO – In its continuing effort to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus
<br />(COVID-19) in Lake Oswego, the City has decided to move to online, telephone, and video
<br />services at the Permit Center in the Building, Planning and Engineering Departments. We
<br />recognize that this could be an inconvenience and did not make the decision lightly.
<br />Effective immediately, and extending through April 14, 2020, the Permit Center is closed to
<br />walk-in customers. To continue to offer service in all other areas, we encourage people to:
<br />• Use electronic submittal or Email (as applicable) for all permit applications.
<br />• Drop off plans at Reception (3rd floor) only if they cannot be sent electronically.
<br />• Make an appointment if you need an in-person consultation with an engineer, planner
<br />or plans examiner.
<br />• All visitors must comply with social distancing. Anyone who is coughing, appears to have
<br />a fever, or is having difficulty breathing will be asked to return at a later time.
<br />Need help from a staff member? Lake Oswego’s Building, Planning, and Engineering staff are
<br />available to assist permit customers via phone and email during regular Permit Center hours for
<br />each department. Customers can also visit the following webpages for additional information
<br />and updates:
<br />• Lake Oswego Building Dept: www.lakeoswego.city/building or 503-635-0390
<br />• Lake Oswego Planning Dept: www.lakeoswego.city/planning or 503-635-0290
<br />• Lake Oswego Engineering Dept: www.lakeoswego.city/engineering or 503-635-0270
<br />The changes in Permit Center services follows last week's announcement that the City would be
<br />implementing strategies to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The timeline for these measures
<br />has been extended and will now continue through April 14. Measures already in place include:
<br />closing the Adult Community Center, canceling all Parks and Recreation programs/activities,
<br />closing passport services, canceling all boards and commission meeting, restricting group
<br />gatherings, modifying areas that are frequently used by the public to create distance between
<br />people, etc. The Lake Oswego Public Library is also closed until at least April 1, 2020. To see a
<br />full list of strategies, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/community/Novel-Coronavirus.
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