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Planning Department

Zoning Ordiance


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Department At-A-Glance

Land use and zoning permits for activities on all lands outside the Urban Growth Boundary of the three Cities:  Partitioning; Property Line Adjustments; Conditional and Permitted Use Permits, Ag Exempt Permits; GIS mapping services; Wild and Scenic Waterways and Flood Zone Determination; Comprehensive planning and development; Rural Addressing.

The Planning Commission meets as needed. The meetings are held in the Jeanne E. Burch Family Services Building located at 401 Fourth Street; Fossil, OR, unless otherwise published in the newspaper of record.

The Planning Department strives to protect the agricultural and forest lands within the County while promoting responsible development for the benefit of landowners and the economic health of the county as a whole.  Parties interested in building, development, or other actions governed by State statute and the local Wheeler County Zoning Ordinance are encouraged to call the County Planning Department and discuss regulations and possible options for consideration in an effort to promote healthy stewardship of lands within our County.

All building permits for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and mobile home placement are issued through the State of Oregon Building Codes Division. You may access their information online at, by phone at (541)276-7814, or by email at



Water Master - Wheeler: Phone (541)384-4207


Wheeler Soil and Water Conservation District (website):  Phone (541)468-2990


Onsite Septic Program (Harney County) (website): 

Jesse Barnes, County Onsite Specialist
Phone: 541-573-8195
Cell Phone: 541-589-2696


State of Oregon Building Codes (website): Phone  (541)276-7814 Pendleton


Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (website)


DEQ Eastern Region Contacts - Call (541)633-2018 to verify location of septic tanks



Oregon Revised Statutes regarding land use planning, Please visit this site for more information.

County Planner

Matt Davis

701 Adams Street

PO Box 447

Fossil, OR 97830

Phone: (541) 763-2126


Hours: Monday - Friday

8:00 am-5:00 pm



Planning Commission

Steve Bray, Chair

Kendal Derby, Vice-Chair

Kimmy Sue Lickteig

Deb Stubblefield

Shawn Hawkins





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