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Umatilla County Hopes To Take Over Local Building Permits

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If you want to build something in Umatilla County, you can't go to a local office for approval. If you want to build something in Umatilla County, you can't go to a local office for approval.

PENDLETON, OR - If you want to build something in Umatilla County, you can't go to a local office for approval. Right now, you have to get everything done through a state office in Salem.

It can take more than a month and a half for the state Building Codes Division to approve a Umatilla County project and commissioners say that's just too long.

Commissioner Larry Givens said contractors sometimes just up and move their project to someplace else. 

The board of commissioners put in a Notice of Intent to assume those duties last month and since then, they've been working with other local agencies to figure out how it will work.

"Keeping it local. Keeping those decisions local, with local developers, local citizens and the whole point is to improve the quality of service for our citizens," Givens said.

A meeting in Pendleton on Thursday night will discuss that matter. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Justice Center. Another meeting in Hermiston will be held December 12th.
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