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This page answers some of the most often asked questions of the planning section. We know this information can be confusing, so we are here to help. Remember that each property is different. There is no one answer for all properties. If your specific question isn't answered here, or you need more information, please call us at 503-842-3408.

How do I find the zoning and minimum lot size for a property?

Tillamook County doesn't currently have zoning maps available online. Please call 503-842-3408 and ask for a planner to obtain this information. Please have the map and taxlot number of the property ready. If you don't have this information it will take longer for us to help you.

Once you know the zone, you can look up the rules for that zone in Article 3 of the Land Use Ordinance.

How do I find the flood zone for a property?

Flood zone maps are available online through FEMA.

For the most accurate information, you will need to hire a private surveyor to complete an Elevation Certificate. We will require Elevation Certificates before construction in certain flood zones.

Can I build a (house, business, etc.) on my property?

Once you find your zone, look at the permitted uses in the relevant section of Article 3 of the Land Use Ordinance.

In most zones, some uses will be permitted outright, and some will be permitted conditionally.

Is my property buildable?

We cannot tell you if a property is buildable or not. Many factors, including parcel size, topography, zoning, access and utilities will affect the type, placement and size of any structures on the property. Tillamook County simply defines a parcel as buildable if one is able to obtain a valid building permit.

What if my property is smaller than the minimum lot size?

The minimum lot size is for the creation of new parcels. If your legally existing parcel is smaller than the minimum lot size, that alone would not impede the construction of a single family dwelling. Other uses may be allowed depending on the zone and use.

Can I divide my property?

If your property is at least twice the size of the minimum lot size for the zone, you may be able to divide your property. Important factors to keep in mind include access, existing development, utilities, on-site sanitation requirements, and required lot dimensions. Properties in some older subdivisions may already be divided into separate smaller lots.

Not every large property can or should be divided. It is possible to divide your property legally and end up with parcels that are not buildable or marketable. Consideration of all applicable aspects can prevent this from happening.

If you are interested in dividing your property, please call 503-842-3408 and ask to speak with a planner.

What are my setbacks?

The setbacks for your property depend on your zone, the type of use, and adjacent streets, uses and zones. Setbacks can be very site-specific, so it is best to call 503-842-3408 and ask to speak with a planner. Please have the map and taxlot number of the property ready.

Setbacks are always measured from the property line. For front yards, this is almost always NOT the edge of the street.

How tall can I build?

The height limit for your property depends on your zone, and how close you are to the ocean or a bay.

In most of the county, residential height limits are 35 feet, with 24 foot height limits on oceanfront or bayfront parcels. In Neahkahnie, height limits are 24 feet with 17 foot height limits within 500 feet of the ocean. Some parts of Pacific City have additional height restrictions. Call to determine the status of your property.

Height in most of the county (except Neskowin) is measured as an average. Take the level of the existing grade at the center of each exterior wall. The average of these grades, compared with the highest point of the roof, will give you the height of the structure. In Neskowin, the roof of a structure may follow the contours of the existing grade.

If you have questions, please call 503-842-3408 and ask for a planner. Please have the map and taxlot number of the property ready. If you don't have this information it will take longer for us to help you.


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