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Residential Demolition

New Residential Demolition Tax and Demolition/Deconstruction Requirements Go into Effect December 15, 2022
All residential projects which remove 50% or more of the surface area of exterior walls or perimeter foundation are required to obtain a residential demolition permit, fulfill neighborhood noticing requirements for demolitions, and pay the City’s Demolition Tax.

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Current Estimated Plan Review and Inspection Times, as of September 2022

Residential Structure permits 4-6 weeks for first review

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Community Development Activity Report

The Activity Report is a monthly snapshot of activities for the Planning & Building Departments.

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Building E-Permitting

Lake Oswego has joined the State of Oregon's full-service e-permitting system. You can now apply for permits, check the status of your permits, and schedule inspections online.

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Removal of Racial Covenants

Have You Checked Your Deed?

Some residents may find discriminatory language in their property deed that restricts homeownership based on race. These restrictions, known as racial covenants, are illegal and no longer in effect. However, because so many of them remain in deeds and CC&Rs, some states, including Oregon, have adopted laws to help homeowners remove them from their deeds. 

Learn more about how to remove restrictive covenants from your deed.

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Residential Demolition Information

A demolition shall not begin until all of the following application requirements are met.

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Contact Information

Monday  -  Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

No NSFR or new commercial structural applications accepted after 11:30 a.m.

Phone: 503-635-0390
Fax: 503-697-6574

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