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.
Get To Know
Community Development Administrator Contact
× 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.
× Do I need a permit for a shed?
You may need a building permit, and you need to check with the Planning Division to make sure that the shed is allowed and will fit with your allowable lot coverage. A building permit is required if the building is more than 200 square feet in size or over 8 feet tall. The Planning Division can help make sure that you meet your property's requirements for zoning, lot coverage, setbacks, and other issues.
× Where can I go for assistance with opening a new business?
Contact the City of Coos Bay Public Works and Community Development Department at 541-269-8918 for information on business license requirements, zoning, urban renewal, and façade improvement grant program. Local agencies include the Business Development Center (541-756-6866), Business Oregon (541-267-4651), Coos Curry Douglas Business Development Corp (CCD) (541-756-4101), and South Coast Development Council (SCDC) (541-888-7003).
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 or email email@example.com
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.
Front Street Blueprint:
The City of Coos Bay is expanding on the community's vision for Front Street. The Front Street Blueprint project's detailed objectives include:
- Development of strategies to implement public waterfront improvements and safe wayfinding, parking, bike, pedestrian and auto access circulation and connectivity improvements for those traveling to and through the Front Street Project Area.
- Actively engage community and property owners in support of the Project and its recommended strategies for improvement.
- Reflect the historic and cultural significance of the Front Street Project Area through public art and streetscape improvements.
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. Articulation of a Front Street community dream was created in 1998 when the Coos Bay community memorialized the Front Street Master Plan. Over time the area has changed and grown but the community's vision remains to restore Front Street to the vibrant and engaging waterfront of years past. In 2017, the Coos Bay Front Street Action Plan was the subject of much community engagement and provided expanded detail with the identification of implementable actions to increase connectivity, foster community access to the waterfront, attract private investment, and diversify Coos Bay's economy. Since the 2017 work effort, the City successfully sought an ODOT grant to fund opportunities to implement key improvements to Front Street.
The Coos Bay Front Street Blueprint project, like previous efforts, will engage with the community to build on the work of the 2017 Front Street Action Plan and comply with the City's 2020 Transportation System Plan.
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CREATION OF SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL STANDARDS
The City Council will review an ordinance on January 18, 2022 regarding the creation of regulations for short term vacation rentals. More information can be found here. Public comments can be found here.
AMENDMENTS TO CITY MARIJUANA REGULATIONS
The City Council will review an ordinance on January 18, 2022 regarding amendments to the City's marijuana regulations. More information can be found here.
Contact Debbie Erler at 541-269-1811 ex. 2259 or email@example.com.
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.
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
CITY DATA AND REGIONAL 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.