Building in Beaverton: 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.
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.
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)
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.
- Clean Water Services
- Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
- Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
- Washington County
- City of Hillsboro
- City of Portland
- City of Tigard