A utility permit is required for any utility work in county right-of-way. This includes electric, gas, sewer, water, phone and cable. These utilities are either underground or mounted on poles.

Permits are processed in the order in which they are received. They usually take about three weeks. The more complete the application, the quicker the permit will be processed.

Utility Permit Checklist

In order to apply for a utility permit, you must submit the following:

  • Utility permit application
  • Description of work (narrative)
  • Site plan and vicinity map
  • Site photos (optional)
  • Proof of insurance
  • Traffic control plan (if the work will interrupt traffic)
  • Your permit fee will be calculated after you submit your application

Permit Application

Once you've reviewed the checklist, you can download a PDF of the application that can be returned by mail or email.

Insurance Requirements

Before we issue a permit, you must provide proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance.

For an example of proof of insurance, please see our Sample Certificate of Liability. This is a document that would be issued by your insurer.

Traffic Control Requirements

If your work plan is expected to require a workzone to protect crew from traffic, or otherwise interrupt traffic, you will need to provide a traffic control plan that conforms to  Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards.

If your plan includes a road or lane closure, please include the anticipated work schedule, including hours.

Permit Fees

There is a permit application fee of $50. If your plan calls for lane closures, there is an additional fee of $84. Other fees may apply. Fees will be calculated when your permit application is submitted.

By Oregon law, we may not charge permit fees to utility companies.

Fees may be paid by phone using a credit card, at 503.988.5050. A receipt will be sent by email in PDF format.

Payment may also be made in person at our front counter, at 1600 SE 190th Ave., Portland, OR 97233.