Planning FAQs

Who do I call regarding tall grass, noxious weeds, or any other nuisance?
Code violations relevant to private property that are enforceable as described in Wilsonville Code Section 6.200 of the Wilsonville Code including:  Open privies, odor, accumulated debris, stagnant water, decaying food, illegal dumping of liquids, open garbage containers, accumulated building materials, poor kenneling conditions for livestock or pets, poor sanitation, noise from construction sites, accumulated garbage, insufficient sidewalk maintenance, attractive nuisances, inoperable/junked vehicles on private property, dumping of rubbish, etc.  Also tall grass or noxious vegetations that may be overgrown and obstructing public access or that may be posing a fire hazard; any condition that may be considered a public health and safety issue or may attract rodents and other pests.

Call Jenn Scola, the Assistant Planner responsible for Code Enforcement, at 503-682-4960 or email her at scola@ci.wilsonville.or.us

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I want new, permanent signage for my business.  Who do I call?  What are the requirements? 
Contact the Planning Division to discuss the process for applying for a new sign. For information on sign requirements and other sign-related information, visit the City's sign website at:  www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/signs

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Do I need a permit for a garage sale?  Who do I contact? 
Sales events such as a garage or yard sales in residential areas are not required to have a permit, but there are limitation on the amount, size, and location for signage related to such an event.  For information on sign requirements and other sign-related information, visit the City's sign website at: www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/signs, or call the Planning Division. 

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Do I need a permit to build a fence?  Who do I contact?

There are applicable rules on where and how tall you can build a fence that should be researched by the property owner prior to construction.  See Code Section 4.113(.08) and Figure 1:  Fence Standards for Residential Development and Section 4.176(.04)(F.). No permit is necessary if you are building a wood fence that is less than 6 feet in height on your own property.  

Contact the Planning and Building Divisions for more information.

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I am adding on to my house.  What do I need to do?
 
Contact the Building and Planning Divisions to discuss your project prior to drafting plans.  The Building Division will be concerned with structural and fire code requirements while the Planning Division will be focusing on maximum lot coverage, setbacks, easements, architectural requirements, overlay zones, etc.

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How do I find out the setbacks on my property?
  
Contact the Planning Division to discuss your property questions.  Many of the subdivisions in Wilsonville have standards that are unique to that subdivision and do not necessarily concur with the zoning regulations as described in the Development Code.  Please have the address or Map and Tax Lot number available.

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Can we park in the street?  
According to Wilsonville Code Section 5.200, a vehicle can legally park on a street up to 72 hours as long as it is not impeding or likely to impede the normal flow of traffic and is not in violation of “No Parking” signs.  For violations, contact the Wilsonville Police Departments non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.

There are other restrictions in the Code regarding parking of vehicles.  All parking questions related to vehicles, trailers, storing dumpsters & POD’s on public right-of-way, etc., can be found in Wilsonville Code Section 5.200 or by calling the Engineering Division at 503-682-4960.

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Who do I call if there is an abandoned/junked/inoperable vehicle parked on private property? On public property?
Vehicles and all vehicular equipment that are clearly inoperable and stored on private property for more than 10 days can be addressed by filing a complaint with the Planning Division.  City staff will investigate and, if needed, abate the property to ensure compliance with the Code. 

According to Wilsonville Code 
Section 5.200, a vehicle  (with the exception of large commercial trucks, RV’s, and trailers) can legally park on a street up to 72 hours as long as it is not impeding or likely to impede the normal flow of traffic and is not in violation of “No Parking” signs. For information on weight and time restrictions pertaining to the parking of large commercial trucks, RV’s, and trailers, please see Wilsonville Code Section 5.210. For vehicles violating the Traffic Code that are parked on a public street, please contact the Wilsonville Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.

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Do I need a tree permit and how do I get one?
 
It is necessary to check with the Planning Division staff at City Hall to see what kind of permit is needed. 

Visit the Trees page for more information.

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What is my property zoned?
 
Zoning can be determined by viewing the Zoning Map, visiting WilsonvilleMaps.com, or by contacting the Planning Division at 503-682-4960.

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Can I add a shed on my property?
You may be able to add a detached accessory structure to your property without a permit depending upon its size and location.  You will need to speak with the Planning Division (and possibly with the Building Division).  To help the conversation, please be able to provide staff with the dimensions and height of the proposed structure as well as the proposed location on the property. A hand-drawn scaled drawing is recommended to clarify a property owner’s intentions.

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I want to have a party in a City Park. What do I need to do? Do I need a permit to hold a large event on my private property?

Depending upon where it it is, the number of people who are expected, and other considerations, a permit may be needed for Hosting a Special Event. 

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