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Below is a list of the most commonly requested home owner improvements. For more complex development or less   common improvements you should contact the Building Department at 503-668-0880 or email 

Residential Accessory Structures

A Residential Accessory Structure is a structure that is clearly incidental to and subordinate to the main use of property and located on the same lot as the main use.

Uncertified Woodstoves

As of August 1, 2010, Oregon law requires you to remove an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert if you are selling your home. The City of Sandy Building Department does not require a permit to remove your uncertified woodstove, but does require a permit to install a new or replacement woodstove.

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I am installing a deck on the rear of my house. Do I need a building permit?

Decks greater than 30 inches in height require a building permit for structural review and land use development review.

What if I install a patio, do I need a building permit?

Uncovered patios do not require a building permit, but rain water may not sheet flow off of patio surfaces on to neighboring property.

Covered patios require a building permit.

How close to the property line can I install my deck?

Decks may encroach into required yard areas as follows:

Front Yard - 5 feet
Side Yard - 2.5 feet
Rear Yard decks at ground level or 30 inches in height or less - 5 feet
Rear Yard decks greater than 30 inches in height or at second story or above - 10 feet
Rear Yard covered porch - 10 feet