Frequently Asked Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Frequently Used Resources
Decks greater than 30 inches in height require a building permit for structural review and land use development review.
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.
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