Zoning & Permits

What is Zoning? 

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. See our video tutorial below, or read see this document.

Web Map Explainer Video

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 Clerk's Office, or visiting the Digital Research Room

Find Surveys

Apply For a New Address
To view address procedure and guidelines, please see this handout.

Apply For a Building Permit
Building permits are handled by the Building Codes Services Department.  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.  Current office hours are Monday - Thursday 10am - 4pm, closed for lunch 12 - 1pm. Appointments can be scheduled Monday - Friday by calling or emailing our office. Please feel free to call us at (541) 506-2560 or email us at  WCPlanning@co.wasco.or.us and a planner will assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!