Municipality Location and General Contact Information

555 Liberty St SE
Salem OR 97301
Building Department information for City of Salem, OR

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City of Salem, OR - Building Department Information

The following Building Department information is available for City of Salem, OR

Building and Related Codes and Amendments

The Building and Safety Division of the Community Development Department encompasses construction plans review, inspection services, and permitting; vocational business licensing; multifamily-housing licensing; parking permit services; and other development/permit application information. 

Our promise to our customers is ensure public safety while consistently honoring their need for professional service by offering predictable, friendly assistance and efficiency through streamlined processes  that promote positive community and business relationships.

Check out our Division Highlights while you're visiting and our Hours & Other Info for hours of operation and other important Division information.  Please stay tuned to our website and look for new information and services being posted all the time!

City of Salem, OR Building Code

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Fees and valuation table information

Important Note:  Site Plan Review is REQUIRED for Commercial Building Project submittals - this requirement may affect timelines on the building process.

Permit Information and Forms

Permit and License Fees

After review by the Building Codes Division, open public hearing, and approval through the City of Salem's public Council meeting process, our fees and methodology are adopted annually.  As a result, all of our applications are also updated during this time.  For this reason, please avoid keeping hardcopies on file and print from the application forms listing below, available for immediate use!

See our Building & Safety home page for fee details and application forms!

This Permits Section will help you transact your permitting/licensing business with the City of Salem.  In order to complete any application process, it is necessary to bring required information, materials, and payments to the Permit Application Center on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 320 - if you are unsure what these required items entail, please call us at (503) 588-6256, option 3.  If you are unsure when a permit is required, you can call the same number and request to speak with a Permit Technician or a Plans Examiner.  Review the links below for additional information on the permit you might be inquiring about.  

E-Permitting assists Licensed Contractors 

Licensed Contractors can now request many types of Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing permits online using the State of Oregon's e-permitting system - note the restrictions section, and try this user-friendly way to apply for and pay for over-the-counter permits.

Currently, we can only process certain payments via the Internet such as alarm permit renewals, then police protective and multifamily license renewals.  We acceptcredit/debit, check, cash, or money order as form of payment.

Using the information and services available on this website can greatly speed up transacting your business with the City of Salem. Another good source of information regarding permits and contractors can be found at .

Don't forget to check the current status of any pending permits or plan review ONLINE!






Commercial Building Permit Application*

Commercial Plan Review Checklist

Additional Plans Submittal Application

Residential Building Permit Application*

Residential Plan Review Checklist

Additional Plans Submittal Application

Electrical Permit Application*

Electrical - Reconnect Only Permit Application*

Plumbing Permit Application* Residential Mechanical Permit Application*
Commercial Reroof Permit Application*

Manufactured Home Permit Application*

Manufactured Home Plan Review Checklist


Electrical - Master Permit Application*  

Commercial Mechanical Permit Application*

Mechanical Plan Review Checklist

Deferred Submittal Application

Fire System Permit Application*       

Electrical - Renewable Energy Permit Application  
Phased Permitting Application Temporary Occupancy Application           
Pre-Submittal Meeting Application
Fire System Permit Application*
Temporary Occupancy Application
Expedited Plan Review Application*
Off-hours Inspection Application*







Inspection Checklist for Wood Frames Homes - Structural Inspections Facility and On-Street Parking Permit*

Dealers in Used Merchandise License Application*

Street Vendor License Application

Sign Application*

Sign Plan Review Checklist

Alternate Materials Request & Procedure
Inspection Checklist for Wood Frames Homes - Electrical Inspections Construction Maintenance and Temporary On-Street Parking Permit* Vehicle for Hire - Agency License Application(Arrive at the office by 3:30 pm to get application fully processed.) Liberty Parkade Banner Application and Information Application for Tent or Canopy* 


Inspection Checklist for Wood Frames Homes - Plumbing Inspections Residential District and Guest Parking Permit* Vehicle for Hire - Driver License Application(Arrive at the office by 3:30 pm to get application fully processed.) Liberty Poles Banner Application and Information Special Event Application
Inspection Checklist for Wood Frames Homes - Mechanical Inspections  Parking Permit Policies Licensing Application Temporary Signs Information Special Inspection and Testing Agreement
Inspection Checklist for Wood Framed Commercial Structures - Structural Inspections   Licensing - Background Check Advisory Form State Building Code Modifications Request
Inspection Checklist for Wood Framed Commercial Structures - Mechanical Inspections   Multi-Family License Application   Structural Demolition Application*
Quality Assurance Plans Checklist for 1 & 2 Family Structures  

Marijuana Business Registration Application 

  Grease Pretreatment Survey
Quality Assurance Program Audit Checklist for Commercial Project  

Marijuana Business Registration Process Guide 

  Moisture Content Certification
Fire System Plan Review Checklist   


  Radon Model


Licensing Information

You need a business license to operate certain types of businesses in Salem. You also need a license to operate a special event at your property when you charge a fee for that event. All businesses are required to comply with occupancy requirements, building codes, zoning rules, and land use regulations.

Fees for business licenses vary by license type.

Multifamily housing:

  • Hotel/motel
  • Apartment
  • Homeless shelter
  • Retirement apartment
  • Room and board
  • Bed and breakfast
​SRC 59.400

Vehicles for hire agency and driver: 

  • Taxicabs
  • Wheelchair coaches
  • Transportation network vehicles (Uber drivers)

No license required for the following:

  • Limousine driver
  • Ambulance driver
  • Funeral escort drivers

(Arrive at the office by 3:30 pm to get application fully processed.)

​SRC 30.700-30.745
Street vendors/pushcart ​SRC 30.900
Mobile food units ​SRC 30.050(a)(4)

Tree trimmers:

Working with trees located on public streets, sidewalks, parks or other public right-of-ways.

  • Application form
  • Insurance certificate
  • Pass a public works tree trimming exam
​SRC 30.050(a)(8)

Dealers in used merchandise:

  • Junk dealer
  • Pawn broker
  • Second hand dealer
​SRC 30.050(a)(3)

Special events:
A fee-based special activity at a privately-owned location that does not normally operate the requested type of activity.

Activities include:

  • Dances
  • Movies
  • Plays
  • Concerts​
  • Circuses
  • Carnivals
  • Exhibitions
  • Sports
  • Haunted houses
  • Other live, filmed or televised performances
​SRC 30.050(a)(6)
Night club ​SRC 30.050 (a)(5)
Automobile race tracks ​SRC 30.050(a) (2)
Tourist parks ​SRC 30.600

Standards for other activities

Though a business license is not required, Salem Revised Code sets standards for a variety of activities. Some of the most common include:

​​No license required

The following types of businesses do not require a license:

  • Limousine driver
  • Ambulance driver
  • Funeral escort drivers
  • Janitorial services
  • Cleaning services
  • Online businesses

Additional information

State of Oregon business registration: All businesses in Oregon must register a business name.

Oregon Liquor license applications are processed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).


Additional Information

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