The first step in any project is to determine if you need a permit. Review the lists below to find out if you do, in fact, require a permit. If you don't see your project on the list, please call or email us at Building@cityofmedford.org and any of our staff will be happy to help you.
If you are building something; home, Accessory Dwelling Unit, deck, pool, etc., please check with the Planning Department first to assure you meet setbacks and what you're building is appropriate for the property zoning and use. They can be reached at 541-774-2380 or Planning@cityofmedford.org.
Also be sure to inquire of any special programs your project may qualify for.
Retaining walls 4' or less
Above ground pool or spa
Repair sewer, water and/or storm drain lines
Re-roof on a residential structure
Sheds and other outbuildings
Wall additions or removal
Residential: concrete, sidewalks, driveway on private property
Painting buildings that are not historic landmarks
Fencing - contact Planning for height restrictions
Cabinets and counter tops
Swings or other playground equipment
Gutters and downspouts*
Replace parts to existing heating and air system
Change out electric stove, cooktop, water heater (no gas)
Changing out light fixtures
Battery operated alarm system
Replacing water closet, lavatory or sinks to the exact same location
Replacing windows or doors of the same exact size
Deck less than 30" above grade
Adding square footage to an existing structure
Backflow device; new or replacement
Fencing around pools
Pressure reducing valve
Refrigerator water supply
Replace sewer, water and/or storm drain lines
New and or upgraded tub or shower
Reroof of a commercial building
New or change out of heating and air system
Wood, pellet, fireplace inserts, gas logs
Electrical upgrades, alterations, extensions
Central vacuum system
Garage, attic or basement into habitable space
New window or door openings or enlarging an opening
You've determined that you do not need a permit. Have fun with your project!
You do indeed need a permit, please continue to the next step here.
You can find Right-of-Way permit information here.