Codes, Plans & Standards

The following sections contain the Codes, Plans and Standards adopted by the City of Coos Bay.


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  • Q:

    × Can we build a garage or home addition on our property?

    Whether or not you can build on your property depends on several things, including the property zoning, lot size, and the size of any existing buildings. The City of Coos Bay Municipal Code Title 17 has property development requirements that include lot coverage restrictions, which means only a certain amount of the property can be covered by structures. For example, the maximum lot coverage for for R-1 (Single Family Residential) lots is 35% and R-2 (Single Family & Duplex Residential) lots is 40%, but C-1 (Central Commercial District) does not have any coverage limitations.

    Please contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 541-269-8918 for more information and to schedule a meeting with a Planner.

  • Q:

    × Where can I go for assistance with opening a new business?

    Contact the City of Coos Bay 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) (541-266-9753).

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    × Who is responsible for obtaining permits?

    The property owner is responsible for obtaining all permits for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and manufactured dwelling setup. A contractor or family member can apply for permits on the property owner's behalf, but the permit is ultimately the property owner's responsibility.

    All electrical and plumbing permits are issued by the Oregon State Building Codes Division (BCD); the Coos Bay Field Office is conveniently located inside Coos Bay City Hall, just down the hall from Coos Bay's Building Department. Contact the BCD Coos Bay Field Office at 541-266-1098.

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The Municipal Code contains all ordinances for the City of Coos Bay.

Ordinances are laws, rules and regulations which govern how City government works, and how citizens live and do business in the City of Coos Bay.

Codification is the systematic process of collecting and arranging the laws, rules and regulations of the City that are passed by Ordinance.

Coos Bay Municipal Code


Plans adopted by the Coos Bay City Council

Comprehensive Plan

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3 - Estuary Management Plan - Draft

Economic Opportunity Analysis

City of Coos Bay Economic Opportunity Alaysis - Final Report - June 17, 2009


Front Street Action Plan - Adopted December 19, 2017


The following Standards and Specifications have been adopted by the City of Coos Bay as a guide for standardization within the city.

Design Standards & details

Engineering Design Standards

Standard Details