Public Works & Community Development Department

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.


Get To Know

Carolyn {last_name} - Community Development Administrator Photo Carolyn Johnson
Community Development Administrator

Carolyn joined the City of Coos Bay in October 2018.

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Contact
541-269-8924

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FAQs

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    × Do I need approval to put a sign on my property?

    Yes, you need approval to put a permanent sign on your property. You need to talk to the Planning Division to make sure that what you propose is within the allowed signage for the property. You may need a Building Permit for the sign's structure and attachments. If the sign is in the right of way, you need a Public Works Permit.

    Certain temporary signs are allowed on private property. This includes signs for real estate, construction, political campaigns, special events, and flags. See Coos Bay Municipal Code 17.333 for more information.

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    × When am I required to get a permit?

    A building permit is required for new construction or if you’re making structural, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical changes to an existing building. You generally don’t need a permit for minor repairs and maintenance. If you are not sure whether or not you need a permit, call the City of Coos Bay Building Codes Division at 541-269-8918.

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    × 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 we receive, the sooner a response can usually occur.

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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.

Additional information and applications. To reach the City's Building Codes Division, call 541-269-8918 or email permits@coosbay.org

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.

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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:

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:

To report a concern, please call the Codes Enforcement Officer at 541-269-1181 extension 2267 or email codes@coosbay.org

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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 permits@coosbay.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.

sPECIAL PROJECTS

Programs and Projects of city-wide significance and value can be found here.

Front Street Blueprint:

The Front Street Blueprint identifies strategies for vehicle and pedestrian circulation improvements for wayfinding, streetscape, public art, expansion of the City's boardwalk concept, and connectivity options to the Coos History Musuem, Coos Bay Village, and the downtown core. The Blueprint was developed as a result of community engagement and supports the City Council's economic development vision for Coos Bay.

As shown below, Front Street is an extension of downtown Coos Bay with a direct connection to the bayfront.

 

 

Located across Highway 101, pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle access are available to the downtown commercial core and visitor amenities. Front Street is well positioned to provided recreational, dining, and retail opportunities for visitors and residents while maintaining its industrial heritage and utility for water-dependent businesses. Questions can be directed to a planner at the Community Development/Public Works Department at 541-269-1181.

Learn more at:

www.coosbayfrontstreetblueprint.org

 

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

Contact Debbie Erler at 541-269-1181 ex. 2259 or derler@coosbay.org.

FREQUENT LAND USE INQUIRIES

Accessory Dwellings - The City provides a process for securing authorization for an Accessory Dwelling Unit, commonly referred to as an ADU. An ADU is an interior, attached, or detached residential structure in a single-family residential neighborhood. An application for an ADU begins in the Planning Division, and a building permit is also necessary. This printable brochure provides additional information.   

RVs and/or Tiny Homes on wheels (less than 400 square feet) - RVs and Tiny Homes (on wheels and less than 400 square feet) are only allowed in RV or mobile home parks, as shown on this map and contact information list.

Locating Parcels for Development - Vacant and partially vacant parcels can be found on this Adequate Sites Inventory Map. Clicking the layers list at the top of the map enables viewing of infill, re-developable, and unbuildable parcels along with the parcel's zoning designation. The map also includes links to each of the City's zoning districts where specific land uses are identified that can be considered on these properties. 

Comprehensive Plan

Volume 1;  Volume 2;  Volume 3 - Estuary Management Plan,  Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan Map Comprehensive Plan Map, 2020 Transportation System Plan Volume 1, 2020 Transportation System Plan Volume 2

Comprehensive Plan Web Map

Estuary Management Plan Web Map

Development Code

Development Code, Title 17 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code

Zoning Web Map

PLANNING Applications

Accessory Structure Application

Business License Home Occupation Application 

Land Use Development Review Pre-Application

Land Use Application

Land Use Action Appeal

Planning Fee Schedule

Public Records Request

URA Improvement Grant Pre-Application

Tourist Habitation (Homestay) Supplemental Application

Tourist Habitation (Vacation Rental) Supplemental Application

Design Standards

Empire Waterfront Settlement Design Standards

CITY DATA AND REGIONAL INFORMATION

2020 Coos Bay Housing Needs Analysis

2018 Coos County Housing Analysis and Action Plan

 

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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.

Economic Development includes programs for Urban Renewal, Façade Improvement, and specific development and re-development projects

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