Contact Us
Gilliam County Planning Department
221 S. Oregon St, Rm 104
PO Box 427
Condon, OR 97823

Planning Director
Michelle Colby

p. 541-384-2381
f.  541-384-3304

Public Office Hours
Mon-Th 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday by appointment
Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for comprehensive land use planning for Gilliam County. The Gilliam County Zoning Ordinance provides the legal framework for the land use regulations in the County.

The intent of the Comprehensive Plan is to establish a single, coordinated set of policies which will act to provide for orderly development of Gilliam County. These policies will give a direction to planning, establish priorities for action, serve as a basis for future decisions, provide a standard by which progress can be measured, and promote a sense of community for an improved quality of life. It will also help all levels of government and private enterprise to understand the wants and needs of all Gilliam County citizens.
Duties & Services
  • Provide planning and zoning information to the public and other government agencies
  • Administer and enforce local and Oregon State land use laws, regulations and ordinances, including the Gilliam County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance
  • Act as staff to the Gilliam County Planning Commission
  • Review requests and applications for land use actions including partitions, zoning permits, conditional use permits, etc.
  • Coordinate with other departments, agencies and officers on matters involving planning and zoning
  • Conduct comprehensive planning studies and research as required by State law and the Comprehensive Plan
  • Work toward improving the quality of life for Gilliam County and all its citizens and lands, present and future
  • Provide information to perspective businesses on Enterprise Zone qualifications
  • Document and coordinate with agencies, municipalities, businesses on matters involving Gilliam County's Wasteshed activities and programs.
Permits & Building Codes
The Gilliam County Planning department does not issue building permits. To obtain electrical, plumbing, structural/mechanical etc. permits please contact the State of Oregon Building Codes Division. For all inquiries please contact Building Codes at the following:


State of Oregon Building Codes services will be provided by the Pendleton Office
800 SE Emigrant Ave, Ste. 360
Pendleton, OR 97801
P. 541-276-7814
F. 541-276-9244
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
closed 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch
ePermitting Website:

Septic Questions? 
North Central Public Health District works with the citizens of Gilliam County on their sub-surface needs. 


Contact information
     North Central Public Health District Environmental Health Division 
     419 East Seventh Street
     The Dalles, OR   97058
     hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
     phone:  541-506-2600

Useful Planning Documents
Land Use Permit & Land Use Application Packet and Review Process 

Gilliam County Planning Commission
All members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Gilliam County Court.  The County Court appoints members to four year terms, with those terms revolving, meaning not all members are appointed the same year.  Membership of the Planning Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the Gilliam County Court in accordance with ORS 215.030.  The Planning Commission meets on an as-needed basis. The fourth Tuesday of the month is set aside as a placeholder for planning commission meetings for the year 2019.