Wasco County is required to implement the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. In 1983, Wasco County adopted a Comprehensive Plan to create a framework for how to implement the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals at the local level. In 1992, the Columbia River Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service National Scenic Area Office adopted the Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. These two plans provide the basis for the Wasco County land use and development ordinances (LUDOs) and zoning maps that guide and regulate new development in Wasco County at the local level, outside of the incorporated communities.
How Do I ...
Find My Zoning
Click on this link to view the Wasco County online map tool. Zoom into your property and use the data layers to find your zoning, Map and Tax Lot #, Property Account #, and more. For a tutorial, please see this document.
Click here for ORMAP Oregon Mapping Program for a statewide property tax parcel base map that is digital, publicly accessible, and continually maintained by the Oregon Department of Revenue
Know If I Have a Legal Parcel
Legal Parcel FAQ
Find My Applicable Rules & Process
Once you have located your zone, you can look up relevant criteria in one of the Land Use and Development Ordinances.
If you are in the National Scenic Area, look here. If you are in unincorporated Wasco County, outside the National Scenic area, look here.
Find My Deeds
Recorded deeds can be made available by contacting the Wasco County Assessment and Taxation Office.
Apply For a Building Permit
Building permits are currently handled by the Building Codes Services Department at the Mid Columbia Council of Governments. For more information, please contact them directly.
Apply For a Road Approach Permit
Need help? Have questions?
As you consider future projects or simply have questions, Wasco County has a full time Planning staff dedicated to assisting you. Please feel free to call us at (541) 506-2560 or visit us at our office located at 2705 East 2nd Street, The Dalles Oregon. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!