About the Planning Department

Planning involves the consideration and balancing of many different factors and issues to make the best land use and growth management decisions for the community both for the short and long term.  The department has three functional areas: Long Range Planning, Development Review, and Code Enforcement.

Planning works closely with Building, Engineering, and Fire in the review of development applications and building permits. Planning is also responsible for administering and maintaining the Lake Oswego Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code, Tree Code, and Sign Code. Planning staff also administer the City's Annexation, Neighborhood Planning, Historic Preservation, and Urban and Community Forestry programs.

Please contact Planning for assistance and information on relevant codes before moving into or expanding a commercial space, beginning an exterior remodel of a structure, developing land, including grading, cutting any tree larger than 6 inches in diameter 4.5 ft. above ground, or erecting a sign or fence.

The Planning staff are located at 380 A Avenue on the second floor of City Hall. 


M-F 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (No new applications can be submitted after 11:30 a.m.)


M-Tu 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Th-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone (503) 635-0290
Email: planning@lakeoswego.city