Building Permit and Land Use Fees

Permit fees may be a set amount, an hourly fee, a calculated amount or a combination of these methods. 

The City Council adopts fees each fiscal year.  All applications include a non-refundable application and processing fee.

Many of the building permit feees are based on the valuation of the work to be done. Valuation is the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued, including the contractor’s profit. The final determination of valuation is made by the Building Official.

Fee documents

All City of Salem Fees are listed in the Master Fee Schedule including:

  • Building & Safety permit fees
  • Planning and sign fees
  • Public Works permit fees and service charges
  • Public Works System Development Charges

Building & Safety supplemental information

Planning supplemental information

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Contact us

Permit Application Center
General Questions
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Permit/License Processing
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Plans Intake
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mail payments to:
PO Box 3405
Portland OR 97208