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Consumer Assistance

Best practices for hiring contractors
Call before you dig
Check a contractor's license number
Consumer help with building contractors
Consumer and worker assistance
Disaster Preparedness - Earthquake, Flood, Hurricane, and Wildfire Information
Permitting - Finding the right building department
Permits Protect! Consumer information about permits
Prevent Mold with Proper Kitchen and Bathroom Ventilation
 
Permitting - Finding the right building department
State Issued Permits
The Building Codes Division issues permits directly in some cities and counties. Also, certain program areas, like the elevator and boiler programs, obtain permits directly from the state.
 
City and County Directory
Find information on the city or county that issues permits and inspects work in your area.
 
If you live within Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties, consult our list of building departments within the area.
 
Check a contractor's license number

As a consumer, it is beneficial to check a contractor's license number before allowing work to be done on your project.

Building Codes Division issues licenses to four types of trade contractors: electrical contractor, elevator contractor, plumbing contractor, boiler contractor. Every trade contractor must also possess an active Building Contractor license issued by the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). It is a good idea to check the status of both licenses.

General contractor's license from Construction Contractors Board (CCB)
Click here to check your contractor
Appropriate trade license from Building Codes Division (BCD)
Click here to check for electrical, plumbing, or boiler trade licenses for your contractor
 
Call before you dig
(Website provided by Oregon Utility Notification Center)
 
Disaster Preparedness - Earthquake, Flood, Hurricane,
and Wildfire Information
The safety first brochures are now available from ICC.