Local Land Use Regulation & Permits

Local land use regulation is Oregon was reshaped by the Senate Bill 100 passed in 1973. The legislation created the Land Conservation and Development Commission [LCDC] and the Department of Land Conservation and Development [DLCD] to oversee local development and implementation of comprehensive land use plans based on statewide goals and policies identified by the LCDC. Under the State’s land use regulatory system, local comprehensive land use plans are reviewed by the LCDC and acknowledged to be in compliance with the statewide goals and policies. The intent of the state legislation and subsequent administrative procedures is to protect valuable resource lands (farm and forest), protect environmental quality, and assure each community has sufficient buildable land within their urban growth boundaries to meet the expected growth and development over a period of twenty years. Land use development in Oregon does not require a separate environmental review or impact assessment.

Union County and each of the cities in Union County have acknowledged comprehensive land use plans that are periodically reviewed and updated. Each jurisdiction oversees its plan implementation.

To obtain information on a jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan, development ordinances and processes, please contact the following:

Union County Planning Department
541.963.1014

City of Cove
541.568.4566

City of Elgin
541.437.2253

City of Imbler
541.534.6095

City of Island City
541.963.5017

City of La Grande Planning Department
541.962.1307
Website

City of North Powder
541.898.2185

City of Summerville
541.534.6701

City of Union
541.562.5197

Local Building Permits

The City of La Grande/Union County Building Permits office oversees all building permits and inspections in Union County. The consolidated office provides a most efficient implementation of building and construction codes in Union County.

2012 City of La Grande/Union County Building Permit Fee Schedule

For more information on the La Grande/Union County building permits program, please contact:

City of La Grande Building Division
541.962.1317
Website