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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Ponds and Water Features

Residential ponds, water features and fountains do not typically require a building or plumbing permit if they are self-contained. If there is a design requiring drainage connection or water connection to the plumbing system, then a plumbing permit is required. An electrical permit is also required if a pump is connected directly to the electrical system.

While the building code does not regulate self-contained residential ponds, water features and fountains, it is important to know that as a homeowner, you may be liable for accidents or injuries occurring on your property as a result of the installation of these accessories. We recommend that you check with your homeowner's insurance company prior to installation for more information.