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Debris Removal Permit Requirements

Updated 10/6/2020 - 2:34 p.m.
Updates to Debris Removal Permit
The City has updated this permit form to include additional post-debris removal requirements.  Effective October 6, 2020 in accordance to the City Manager's Executive Order 2020-002, no building permits for properties within the Almeda Fire Burn area will be issued until a soils test and clearance (for residential or commercial buildings) have been provided to Community Development. 

Additionally, in accordance with ORS 209.150, any person or public agency removing, disturbing or destroying any survey monument of record in the office of the county surveyor or county clerk shall engage the services of a registered professional land surveyor to reference and replace the monuments within 90 days of removal, disturbance or destruction.  No building permits will be issued for properties within the Almeda Fire Burn area until all monuments of record are replaced. 

Contact Johanna Talley at 541-535-7401 or via email at for questions about the permitting process.  

Updated 9/30/2020 - 3:26 p.m
Debris Removal Permits are required for all properties impacted by the Almeda Fire before clean-up can begin. Local landfills are requiring testing and certification for disposal of all fire-related waste, including asbestos testing and certification. Please refer to the applicable information from the landfill you will be using to dispose of fire-related debris. This debris removal permit does not guarantee the issuance of a building permit on the clean-up site. Further soil testing and other requirements may be imposed under the building permit process to guarantee that all hazardous waste has been removed from the building site. In order to meet disposal and rebuilding requirements, property owners must use only licensed contractors who meet all necessary local, state and federal laws and regulations. Property owners who choose to undertake clean-up individually may jeopardize their ability to receive local, state or federal assistance at a later date.

The City of Talent in coordination with the Jackson County Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Dry Creek Landfill have developed a Debris Removal Permit detailing special requirements for transporting and disposing of wildfire debris.  The permit includes fire demolition debris, contaminated soil and wildfire ash disposal and testing procedures along with general health and safety guidelines and stormwater protection best management practices.  The Debris Removal Permit is the first step to beginning the rebuilding process.  

A Debris Removal Permit is required for all properties (commercial or residential) impacted by the Alameda Fire.  Building Permits will not be issued for properties that do not have an approved permit with proper documentation showing the debris has been properly disposed.  Properties over one (1) acre in size require a 1200c permit.  Prior to submitting a request for debris removal, please contact Rogue Valley Sewer Services (RVSS).  Debris Removal Permits on properties over one (1) acre in size will not be approved without the required 1200c permit.  

Debris Removal Permits can be downloaded from the City's website at the link below.  Prior to submitting a Debris Removal, please review Jackson County's Debris Removal Handout. Completed permits and payment can be dropped in the utility billing box in front of City Hall at 110 E. Main Street, Talent or submitted in person at the Community Development office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m, Monday-Friday.

Debris Removal Checklist
Debris Removal Permit

Floodplain Addendum (REQUIRED IF PROPERTY IS IN SFHA/100-year regulatory floodplain)

Permits submitted to the City using the utility drop box will be processed within 24 hours.  Permits submitted in person will be processed and approved the same day.  Cost of the Debris Removal Permit is $29.00 payable to the City of Talent.  As part of the debris removal, you will need to abandon your sewer service lateral.  Please contact Rogue Valley Sewer Services (541-664-6300) for more information on sewer abandonment requirements.  Building permits for recently cleared sites will not be issued without documentation from RVSS that the existing sewer service has been abandoned.  

Important Information for Properties within the 100-year Floodplain
Property owners with property in the 100-year Floodplain may be required to submit a Floodplain Review application prior to issuance of a Debris Removal Permit.  The City of Talent collects, maintains “finished construction” Elevation Certificates for all new or substantial improved structures built in the SFHA. These documents are available at no cost, upon request. If you believe that your property is within the 100-year floodplain, you can verify using the City's interactive Floodplain Viewer (click link to be directed) or contact the Community Development Department.

******All people whose homes were impacted by the 2020 Oregon wildfires should apply for Individual Assistance. FEMA assistance is available to families and business owners in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties. People can apply for assistance by going to or calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.******

Updated 9/23/2020 - 2;04 p.m.
The City of Talent is currently working with local, state and federal agencies to identify a process for individual onsite debris cleanup and is making every effort to have this process ready to implement early next week.  Please continue to check the City’s website for information related to building and debris removal.  This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. 

Updated 9/19/2020 - 2:07 p.m.

Updated 9/18/2020 - 10:00 a.m.
The City of Talent is currently working with Jackson County and the Department of Environmental Quality to establish regional cleanup procedures for commercial and residential structures within the Alameda Fire burn area.  Once these procedures have been established, this link will be updated with additional instructions.  This page will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

Updated 9/15/2020 - 8:26 a.m.
Information regarding building and demo permits for areas impacted by the Alameda Drive Fire in Talent will be available at this location soon.  Please continue to check this location for updates.