Land Use Planning Information

SWAC Vacancy Notice


  1. The Umatilla County Solid Waste Advisory Committee has a vacancy for a Member-At-Large position. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled, but interested parties are encouraged to submit an application by Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5 p.m. Residents from East County are encouraged to apply. Please call (541)278-6300 if you have questions about this vacancy.
  2. Click here to view the vacancy notice for the Umatilla County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
  3. Please click here to download the fillable application form for the SWAC vacancy.
What is the Planning Department?

    The Department of Land Use Planning is responsible for comprehensive land use planning for Umatilla County. Information, assistance and regulatory permits can be obtained from this department. The type of permits that are processed are burning permits, conditional use permits, comprehensive plan changes, zoning and development permits, and rural addressing. This department also houses the Code Enforcement Office. The following are printable copies of various information and permits (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):

    Permit Applications

    I have a question about the permit process... (PDF)  - learn all about he process for developing property in Umatilla County.  A complete listing of the agencies involved and their contact information.

    LURA - Land Use Request Application, complete this form for ALL types of land use applications.  Select the Supplemental Application below for the specific type of land use application desired.

    ZP - Zoning Permit Application, A zoning permit is applied for if the use is permitted outright on the subject property and only requiring a zoning permit or after a land use permit application is obtained and a zoning permit is required.  Attach the appropriate fee as stated on the form, complete site plan and all signatures of the property owners of the subject property.  

    Replacement DwellingsReplacement Dwellings in Resource Zones (EFU & GF Zones).  For those applying to replace a lawfully established dwelling in the EFU or GF Zone complete this form to provide the proof that it meets the review criteria set forth in UCDC 152.058 (F) and 152.082 (O).

    Design ReviewDesign Review application.  Development in certain zones such as Light Industrial, Rural Service Commercial, etc. for uses permitted with a zoning permit also requires a Design Review application. 

    PLA - Property Line Adjustment, an application for modifying a boundary line between two parcels.

    Farm Exempt PermitsAG - 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.

    Complete both the State BCD's Farm Agriculture/Equine Building Exemption application and the County's Zoning Permit application.

    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 this form when naming a roadway if required during a land division request or when a third dwelling is placed on a lane or roadway and the roadway is required to be named.

    Planning Department 2013 Fee Schedule   The Planning Department's fee schedule was updated via Ordinance 2013-06,  effective on July 1, 2013.


    State of OregonSTATE PERMITS, visit these sites to find the p ermit application and process for these agencies:

    Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Call the local DEQ office at 541-276-4063.  An authorized Sanitary Septic System with a  Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) from the County Planning Department  will start the process for review through the Department of Environmental Quality for construction of a new septic system or repair to a failing system. An Authorization Notice is needed if you are re-connecting to an existing system or changing the waste flow by increasing the occupancy of a house or building.

    Building Codes (BCD).  Call the local Building Codes office at 541-276-7814. A Building Permit from the State Building Codes Agency for: all additions, new structures, certain remodels, setup of manufactured homes, and plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits.

    Supplemental Applications

    Complete the Land Use Request Application as well as the Supplemental Application that fits the type of permit you are requesting. 

    Amendments to County Plan/Development Code and/or Zoning Map, an application for requesting changes in the County's Comprehensive Plan, Development Code and/or Zoning Map.

    CUP - Conditional Use Permit, an application for a variety of uses (i.e. home occupation, hardship dwelling, etc.) that may be applied for where certain conditions of approval will be applied.

    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 (rural residential, etc.), Type III - Replat and Type IV - Partition of Resource land (EFU and GF).

    LUD - Land Use Decision, an application for dwellings and other similar uses

    V - Variance, to request a modification from the required standards (i.e. setbacks, parcel size, etc.)