Planning Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What zone is my parcel in?
A. To determine the zoning of your parcel, please contact the Planning Department. The Assessor's page includes the zone with property information, but the zone designation may be for assessment purposes only, and may not reflect the correct zoning of the property.

Q. Is my parcel "buildable"?
A. There are many factors that help Planning Department staff determine the buildability of a parcel. Zoning, type of use requested and existing structures are only a few of the important factors considered when making the "buildability" determination. Other considerations are septic availability, road and driveway access, setbacks, floodplains, wetlands, and wildlife overlays. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis, and often require a significant amount of research. Please contact the Baker County Planning Department for further information.

Q. What are the setback requirements for Baker County?
A. Setback requirements are found in the Baker County Zoning Ordinance, Section 360.

Q. When am I required to obtain a permit?
A. Property owners are required to obtain a permit for new construction and for alterations and additions to existing buildings, including structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work - both agricultural and domestic. Property owners that wish to conduct a Home Occupation or other activities on their parcel may also need a permit from the County. If you are located within the city limits of an incorporated city, please contact your local city government for further information. If you are located outside of the city limits in the "county" or in an "unincorporated city", the Baker County Planning Department will be your contact agency for Zoning Clearance or a Conditional Use Permit to proceed with your project.

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Baker County Planning
1995 Third St Suite 131
Baker City, OR 97814
Phone: (541) 541-523-8219
Fax: (541) 541-523-5925
General E-mail: planning@bakercounty.org