Improving Our Community
The goal of the Public Works & Community Development Department is to work with the community in achieving and maintaining a better quality of life by providing professional guidance and coordination of all land planning and development activities, and by fairly and consistently implementing the City's regulations and policies.
The Public Works & Community Development Department includes Building Codes, Codes Enforcement, Planning, and Economic Development divisions.
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Community Development Administrator Contact
× What animals can I have? Are chickens allowed?
Certain animals require a special Animal Control permit to be kept in the city limits. The permit must be renewed annually. Chickens, ducks, geese and other poulty are allowed with a permit, however, rooster are not permitted due to noise ordinances.
Animal Control permits are required for any: horse, mule, donkey, pony, cow, pig, goat, sheep, llama, poultry, rabbit, animal raised for fur-bearing purposes, cat other than the Felis catus, nonhuman primate, wolf, coyote, canine other than Canis familiaris, poisonous reptile or any reptile whose average adult length is greater than two feet, bat, bear, bees kept in a collection of hives or colonies, or any mammal, reptile or amphibian not native to North America.
× How do I report a zoning violation?
Zoning violations can result when an activity or use occurs on a property that is contrary to the limitations or regulations in a zoning district. If you suspect a zoning violation is occurring and want to report it, please contact the Planning Division at 541-269-8918. We'll need to know the address of the property involved, the alleged nature of the violation, when the violation occurs (if it is not constant or in the same place), and how long it has been going on. The better information way receive, the sooner a response can usually occur.
× What is required to operate a business out of my home?
If you are running a business from your home and your home is located within the city limits, you will need a Home Occupation permit and a Business License. If your home is not within the city limits, you just need a standard Business License. Download and complete both sides of the Home Occupation Permit Application (which is also a Business License application), then submit it to the Community Development Department. If you do not own the home, you will need written permission from the property owner to conduct your business from the premises. The application will be reviewed by our staff to make sure that the proposed business fits the requirements for a Home Occupation and does not infringe upon the rights of other residents or alter the residential character of the area.
Building Codes Division
Ensuring the safety and structural integrity of buildings and other structures.
Building permits ensure that construction meets minimum building standards to ensure safe workmanship. You need a permit if you’re making structural, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical changes to an existing building or if you're building something new. Permits are also required for any work in the right of way (ROW), demolition, sewer connections and repairs, curb cuts, site development, and signs.
All electrical and plumbing permits are processed and issued by the Oregon State Building Codes Division (BCD). The Coos County BCD office is located in Coos Bay City Hall, phone is 541-266-1098, fax is 541-266-1146.
Codes Enforcement Division
Fostering a healthy and attractive community
The Codes Enforcement Divsion is dedicated to working in cooperation with city officials, property owners and citizens to preserve the beauty and value of property and lands as well as promoting the safety, health and general well-being of all citizens and visitors to our city. Codes Enforcement provides information to the general public and to individuals affiliated with specific development projects. We investigate complaints and enforce compliance in the areas of nuisance standards, including:
- Accumulation of junk
- Animal permits
- Dismantled and junk vehicles
- Encroaching vegetation
- Personal storage on a public right-of-way
- Shrubbery and vision obstructions
- Substandard dwellings
- Unauthorized dumping of garbage
We rely primarily on requirements from the City's Municipal Code, which is available online. Public health and safety are priorities as we work to gain compliance with existing code and administrative rules. We aim to provide exceptional customer service by emphasizing a cooperative, problem-solving approach with professionalism and respect.
Through education and enforcement, we work with community members to:
- Maintain and improve community livability
- Support healthy neighborhoods
- Enhance community beautification
- Protect natural resources
- Ensure compliance with state and local codes, policies and goals
To report a concern, please call the Codes Enforcement Officer at 541-269-1181 extension 2267.
Assisting the community with land use and development
The Planning Division provides a range of responsive services for the citizens of Coos Bay and the development community for matters pertaining to land development and community planning. We are the primary source for public information on development in the City. Although not all development activity necessarily requires direct involvement with the planning staff and support services, we can usually guide inquiries and questions to the right person or entity. To reach the Planning Divison, call 541-269-8918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Code. The Comprehensive Plan identifies the community's land use vision. The Development Code implements the community vision by identifying the regulatory side of land use and development activity. For example, we give information on where to build or add on to structures to ensure compliance with zoning, property setbacks, lot coverage, parking, and other regulations. This helps the City develop in a coordinated and organized manner that benefits not only individual property owners but adds to our community’s vitality. The Development Code is available online as Title 17 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code.
The Planning Division is responsible for project management on land use applications that propose new or modified development in the City. This includes conducting pre-application conferences, the in-take of proposed development applications, providing public notification and information on proposed development projects, reviewing projects for compliance with the adopted Development Code, making decisions or recommendations on those projects (depending on their level of review), and scheduling and conducting public hearings. Ultimately, our purpose is to guide each project through the approval process in a timely manner when all development requirements are satisfied.
The City of Coos Bay is also a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program since areas within the City have been subject to periodic flooding. We have adopted land use control measures to reduce flood hazards and assure that city residents will continue to benefit from the national program.
Programs and Projects of city-wide significance and value can be found here.
After a year-long work effort and recommendation by a Council-appointed work group considering a variety of options to address Coos Bay homelessness and after two public hearings, the City Council has adopted a temporary lodging facility permitting process by which agencies, churches and other entities can provide temporary lodging (30 consecutive days and 90 days in a single calendar year). Ordinance No. 515. Temporary lodging is envisioned as a short - term option for families and individuals transitioning to a long-term housing solution. City authorization of a temporary lodging facility would be subject to life/safety inspection and criteria/standards to assure safety of lodging guests and compatibility with the surrounding area. A facility would be limited to areas beyond 500’ of another temporary lodging facility, school, child care center or park. Notification of pending applications would be required for property owners within a 500’ radius of a proposed facility for public comment prior to a City decision on the facility. For more information, see this question/answer sheet. Questions? Contact Carolyn Johnson, Community Development Administrator at email@example.com or 541-269-1181 ex 2287.
When the City receives large or unusual land development or land use law amendment applications, we strive to share this information with the public. Below is information on the following upcoming project applications:
Hollering Place – A multi-use land use development pre-application has been submitted by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw. (CTCLUSI) The pre-application meeting notes can be found here. The project is described at https://ctclusi.org/hollering-place. City background on the Hollering Place can be found here.
Gateway Oasis II - Manufactured Home Park - A pre-application has been received for an approximately 400 space manufactured home park over 73 acres of multi-family zoned property with access from Lindy Lane. The property is generally located south of Ocean Blvd and is adjacent to the new Fed-Ex complex and Cascade Farm store to the east, Shore Pines Manufactured Home Park to the west, and Coos Bay North Bend Water Board property to the south. The pre-application notes can be found here.
Jordan Cove Application - The Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. has applied to the City for a Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment to the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan to 1) change the designation of approximately 3.3 acres from 52-NA to DDNC-DA; 2) change text in the Comprehensive Plan to take a reasons exception to statewide planning goal 16 to authorize the proposed map amendment; 3) an Estuarine and Coastal Shoreline Uses and Activities Permit for “New and Maintenance Dredging” in the DDNC-DA Estuarine Zone; and 4) an Estuarine and Coastal Shoreline Uses and Activities Permit to allow an accessory temporary dredge transport pipeline in the 52-NA, 53-CA, 54-DA and 55-CA Estuarine Zones. The following is a link to the application completeness letter.
The Planning Commission reviewed the project application staff report on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Planning Commission’s review is for advisory purposes; their recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council. The Planning Commission closed the public hearing (audio here) but consistent with ORS 197.763(6)(a), left the record open for written comments on any issue related to the project until 5 PM on Thursday, April 25, 2019. A second open record period was from Friday, April 26, 2019 to May 16, 2019 to comment on issues raised during the first comment period. All comments can be found here. Response to comments from the applicant can be found here.
The Planning Commission’s previously scheduled May 30, 2019 6 PM meeting was cancelled and a new meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6 PM. This Planning Commission meeting does not include a public hearing. New evidence, or testimony will not be accepted or heard by the Planning Commission. This meeting is limited to discussion amongst staff and the Planning Commission. The meeting materials can be found here.
A Council public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:00 PM at which time they will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and will accept public testimony.
Both meetings will be held in the Coos Bay City Council chambers located at 500 Central Avenue in Coos Bay.
Planners Henry Hearley and Jake Callister are available to accept your written comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by US mail at 859 Willamette St #500, Eugene, OR 97401. Henry and Jake work for the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG); the City has contracted with LCOG for planning permit processing services related to the project. They can also be reached by phone, Henry is at 541-682-3089 and Jake is at 541-682-4114. Carolyn Johnson, Community Development Administrator, can be reached at 541-269-1181 ex 2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENT LAND USE INQUIRIES
Accessory Dwellings - The City provides a process for securing authorization for an accessory dwelling unit. An accessory dwelling unit is an interior, attached or detached residential structure in a single-family residential neighborhood. An application for an accessory dwelling unit begins in the Planning Division, and a building permit is also necessary. This brochure provides additional information.
Partners with other public and private entities to expand and diversify our local economy
Economic Development promotes and revitalizes the Downtown and Empire Urban Renewal Districts by coordinating with the city’s economic development partners to attract, retain, and promote expansion of local business opportunities, managing the façade improvement grant program, and coordinating urban renewal projects.
The goal of economic development is to create a downtown that is a quality of life asset for the entire community, bringing unique spaces, recreation, excitement, history, social opportunities and cultural resources to all residents and visitors.