Land Use Planning Information
Umatilla County Courthouse is closed to the public however the Umatilla County Planning Department remains open for business but has implemented significant procedures and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The public is encouraged not to make unnecessary trips to Umatilla County offices. Most permitting, including Zoning and Burn Permits, can be processed electronically via email or through the postal service. Additionally, staff will be available during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) to answer your questions by phone at (541) 278-6252. Thank you for your cooperation!
NOTICE: The County is now processing Onsite Septic permits.
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- Learn all about the process for developing property in Umatilla County; including a complete listing of the agencies involved and their contact information.
Planning Department Fee Schedule Please check with the Planning Department for any changes or additional fees.
ZP - Zoning Permit Application - If the use is permitted outright on the subject property, a zoning permit is required for new construction and additions or after a land use permit application is obtained. Attach the appropriate fee as stated on the form, completed site plan and signatures of ALL property owners.
Additional Signature Page
Design Review application
Development in certain zones such as Light Industrial, Retail Service Commercial, etc. also requires a Design Review application with a zoning permit.
- Replacement Dwellings in Resource Zones (EFU & GF Zones). To replace a lawfully established dwelling in the EFU or GF Zone, complete this form to provide proof that it meets the review criteria set forth in UCDC 152.058 (F) and 152.082 (O).
Floodplain Development Permit Application
- AG- Farm Agriculture/Equine Building Exemption. State law (ORS 455.315) allows exemption from the requirements for a building permit and inspections under the Oregon State Structural Specialty Code for certain agricultural buildings. A landowner must obtain approval and signature from the local planning office to qualify for this type of permit. Farm Exempt structures are only allowed on resource zoned land (EFU and GF) where a bona fide "farm" is being operated. The property must be assessed under the "Farm Deferral" tax program.
LURA - Land Use Request Application, complete this form for ALL types of land use applications. Select the Supplemental Forms below for the specific type of land use application desired.
PLA - Property Line Adjustment, To modify a boundary line between two parcels.
- CUP - Conditional Use Permit, an application for a variety of uses (i.e. home occupation, hardship dwelling, etc.) that may have certain conditions of approval applied to the permit.
- LD - Land Division, an application for dividing a lot or parcel. There are a number of different types of land divisions - Type I - Subdivision, Type II - Partition of Non Resource land (residential, industrial, etc.), Type III - Replat and Type IV - Partition of Resource land (EFU and GF).
- LUD - Land Use Decision, For dwellings in resources zones, cell towers, utility facilities and other similar uses.
- V - Variance, to request a modification from the required standards (i.e. setbacks, parcel size, etc.)
- Authorization to File Land Use Permit for Land owner
Amendments to County Plan/Development Code and/or Zoning Map, For requesting changes in the County's Comprehensive Plan, Development Code and/or Zoning Map.
Umatilla County Public Health
A Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) from the County Planning Department will start the review process for construction of a new septic system or repair to a failing system. Approval is also needed if you are re-connecting to an existing system or changing the waste flow by increasing the occupancy of a house or building. Umatilla County Public Health is the agency processing onsite septic system permits. Application forms are available at the Planning Department and Health Department or online at
Land Use Compatibility Statement
Public Health web site
For septic installation or repair information call the Health Department at 541-278-6394.
State Building Codes Division
A Building Permit from State Building Codes is required for all additions, new structures, certain remodels, setup of manufactured homes and plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits. Call the local Building Codes office at 541-276-7814 for more information.
Additional County Applications
Notice of Appeal Application, complete when appealing a County Planning Commission decision.
Request for a Public Hearing Application, complete when asking for a public hearing during an administrative review of a land use permit application.
Rural Addressing/Road Naming Application, complete when naming a roadway if required during a land division request.