Building in Beaverton: Getting Started

Getting Started

No matter how large or small, taking on a new project requires some research before development review and construction can begin.

Getting to know your site

Knowing the project site, special conditions, and requirements is key for a project’s success. Below are some common questions to find answers to before starting your project:

  • Do you own the project site or do you have permission from the property owner to apply for changes?
  • What is unique about the site? Examples: property lines and dimensions, streets and sidewalks, easements, paths, natural resources, and utility locations.
  • How can the site be used?
    • Examples: land uses, setbacks, building heights, parking, landscaping, traffic and transportation facilities, floodplain
    • References: Beaverton Development Code, Beaverton Comprehensive Plan
  • If changes to the site are being made, what are the standards?
    • Examples: erosion control, grading, water, sanitary sewer, storm water, traffic and transportation facilities, other utilities
    • Reference materials: Beaverton City Code, Beaverton Engineering Design Manual, requirements from other jurisdictions
  • If changing a structure or building a new structure is planned, what are the requirements?
    • Examples: retaining walls, decks, fences, out buildings, remodeling or additions to existing structures, construction of a new structure
    • References: Beaverton City Code, State of Oregon Building Code, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue: New Construction Fire Code Applications for Commercial and Multi-Family
  • Do other regulatory agencies need to be involved?
    • Examples: Clean Water Services, Washington County (examples: Land Use & Transportation), State of Oregon (examples: Department of Transportation, Department of State Lands), Federal (example: US Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Are any pre-project approvals required?
    • Examples: Homeowner Association (HOA), environmental review, other agencies.

Contact Us 

City staff is here to provide development assistance for customers. Learn development expectations and responsibilities, as well as helpful tips such as selecting a design and construction team and more. 

Permit Center 

The Beaverton Building, fourth floor
12725 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97005

Open Counter and Phone Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except observed holidays)

Pre-Application Conference

Certain projects will require a pre-application conference to acquaint the city and involved parties with a potential application, and to acquaint the applicant with City Code, Comprehensive Plan and other requirements. A pre-application conference is informational only. It is not an approval of a proposal or an in-depth review of project components. 

Coordinating Agencies