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Information you need to do building and remodeling projects right the first time and protect the safety and value of your home.
Permit information you should know when buying or selling a home
As of January 1, 2004 anyone selling real estate needs to fill out a Seller's Property Disclosure Statement. Building permits are discussed in question 5B, the following questions are about the property being sold:
  • Are there any additions, conversions or remodeling?
  • If yes was a building permit required?
  • If yes, was a building permit obtained?
  • If yes, was a final inspection obtained?

Whether you are selling or buying a home you can find out about the permits associated with the property. The information about building permits obtained is public record. You just need to be able to find that public record. Contacting the local building department is your best bet. But be aware different local governments may be responsible for different permits. Sometimes the city is responsible for plumbing and mechanical permits, while the county is responsible for electrical permits.

If you are selling your home, part of the paperwork you gather for the sale should be the building permits for any remodeling you have done. Be sure to keep a record of these permits and the inspections done after the permitted work was completed. You may want to look at the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement and use it as a check list of what you need for the sale of your home. Your realtor may have a copy for you to look at or you can find the document in chapter 105 of the Oregon Revised Statutes under 105.464.

If you are interested in buying property, be sure to look at the Oregon Property Buyer Advisory. This document can be found on several real estate company web sites or the Oregon Real Estate Agency web site.

Remember, taking the time to check if remodeling work was permitted and inspected on the property you are interested in may save you from problems later. The most important part about obtaining building permits is the inspection after the work is completed. This inspection will help determine the work was done correctly.

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