Commercial Permits

New 2022 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) effective October 1, 2022.

Applications submitted on or after October 1, 2022 will be reviewed under the 2022 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC).

Types of Commercial Permits

Any building that contains commercial tenants is considered a commercial building. Mixed use buildings with both residential and commercial uses are also treated as commercial buildings. The following are typical projects that require permits:

Taking the time to review submittal requirements for your project will not only ensure that your application is accepted for review, but a complete submittal will also save you time during the plan review process. Take the time to review our submittal checklists prior to submitting your application. You can also contact staff by email or by phone at 541-682-5505.

Projects that are submitted in phases or with multiple structures on one development site must attend a Project Consultation meeting. Project Consultation meetings can be scheduled online.

As of March 1, 2017 all commercial projects will be required to be submitted through eBuild. Over the last several years, Building and Permit Services has been working toward creating new and better ways to serve our customers and community - including modernizing our systems and taking advantage of new technology.

  1. Step 1 Prepare
  2. Step 2 Apply
  3. Step 3 Review
  4. Step 4 Build

Prepare for the Commercial Permit Process

  • Zoning Land is zoned for certain types of development and use. Each zone has a set of regulations governing the uses, lot size, building setbacks, height and other development standards. The property’s zone and the use of the property determine the specific requirements that apply.
  • Property Research: A record research application can be submitted to determine the permit history on a property. Determining the building type and occupancy of a building can provide a starting point for permit requirements.
  • Codes in Effect: Codes are updated on a regular basis, therefore, it is important to have the latest code information.
  • Stormwater Management: The City’s Stormwater Management Manual has information about requirements for managing stormwater runoff and provides design options.
  • Sidewalk and Driveway/Access: Eugene Code - Chapter 7 Public Improvements addresses requirements related to work in the right-of-way.
  • Erosion Prevention: The Erosion Prevention Program monitors construction sites to ensure protection of city stormwater systems and natural resources.
  • Floodplain Activity: Floodplain activity within a Special Flood Hazard Area may be subject to special permits and requirements.
  • Green Building: The City of Eugene provides green building information  and resources with the goal of making green building practices the norm in Eugene.
  • Additional Information: Other resources include our FAQs and the Commercial/Multi-family Fee Estimating Guide. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.