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You can, but you'll need to meet the flood plain construction requirements. This includes having the finished floor elevation of the living space one (1) foot above the base flood elevation; this is determined by a surveyor and confirmed by the Planning Department. You'll also need vents placed in the walls or foundation and accessory structures (shops, sheds, etc.) must have openings in the portions of the structures that are below base flood elevation. To view FEMA preliminary floodplain maps for Klamath County visit the FEMA website. You may also wish to review the information in the NFIP Floodplain Management Guidebook (click here to be redirected).
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The first steps in building on a parcel of land is to determine if the property is in the City or the County; you can find the address or parcel to determine this information by searching the County's zoning map or the City of Klamath Falls zoning map. If your property is in the County, you'll want to visit with our Planning Division. They can help guide you through the process, providing valuable information regarding zoning, land use, site plans, and other items you'll need to gather and let you know the next steps to take.
Addresses for new homes are issued at the time your building permits are issued. Please review our Residential Permit Process flyer for a flow chart of the process and links to the appropriate departments or organizations, to help guide you through the basic process.
The Klamath County Community Development Department hopes that no one ever has to endure the tragedy of a fire at their home or business, but in the event this does occur, we are here to help. You can schedule a free consultation with an inspector by calling (541) 883-5121, ext. 3072, when you're ready to begin the process. It may seem like a daunting task, and you may require some permits to move forward. Our inspectors can help you navigate the steps you'll need to take.
The building code requires that the permit be posted on the job site; our inspectors use the permit to locate the correct location and ensures our records are complete.
Only a licensed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) installer can install a propane tank; a mechanical permit will be required, however. Visit our LPG webpage for a list of regional installers, or the Office of the State Fire Marshal for a comprehensive list and overview of the LPG program requirements.