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
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.
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.