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The first steps in building on a parcel of land is to determine if the property is in the City or the County; you can find the address or parcel to determine this information by searching the County's zoning map or the City of Klamath Falls zoning map. If your property is in the County, you'll want to visit with our Planning Division. They can help guide you through the process, providing valuable information regarding zoning, land use, site plans, and other items you'll need to gather and let you know the next steps to take.
The building code requires that the permit be posted on the job site; our inspectors use the permit to locate the correct location and ensures our records are complete.
Trees overhanging any public right-of-way or road must be trimmed to at least 16 feet above the street and at least 8 feet above the sidewalk. Uncontrolled or uncultivated growth of weeds, brush, vine, or grasses, over eight inches (8") high which offer vector or rodent harborage, which constitute a fire hazard, or which unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of public and private property within 500 feet of the external property lines on which the vegetation or growth is located must be kept trimmed (KCC 401.020 (1) (f) (h) & ORS 368.256).
All abandoned, inoperable, or unlicensed vehicles must be stored inside a covered garage or carport, registered or removed from the property. (KCC Ch. 401.020 (i). In addition, vehicles under repair or unlicensed cannot be parked on the street. Operable and licensed vehicles may only be parked on the street or public right-of-ways as long as they are not obstructing or hindering the view necessary for the safe operation of vehicles.
The Klamath County Land Development Code Article 82 allows camping on private property for up to 21 days in any 6 month period. Klamath County Land Development Code further states: The definition of camping is the occupancy of private property within a tent, tent trailer, shelter, vehicle, or recreation vehicle not within an authorization / designated camping facility and deemed a nuisance. When storing RV’s, boats, or trailers on your property, be sure to maintain the proper setbacks and do not block or obstruct sidewalks, roads or other public right-of-ways. Remember that you may not live in your recreation vehicle unless otherwise allowed by the County.
Generally, you can have up to 24 small animals per acre; small animals are rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese or other fowl and similar animals raised and kept for personal consumptive purposes. "Small animal" does not include dogs or cats kept for personal companion purposes.
Large animals include: cattle, horses, sheep, goats, emus, ostrich, llamas, and bison. Please check your Zoning with the Planning Department to verify the appropriate number of large animals allowed on your parcel. Generally, for such animals if lot is over 20,000 square feet; they are not to exceed 2 animals per acre / 1 animal per half acre. (KCLDC Art. 11).
If the property is within the County (you can check here), you can submit a complaint to Klamath County Code Enforcement, either via our submission button at the bottom of the Code Enforcement page or by printing this form and turning it in to our office at 305 Main St, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. If the property is in City limits, you'll want to connect with City Code Enforcement.
The first step when seeking to make changes to your property's footprint is to connect with our Planning Division. They'll let you know the requirements for making any changes or additions; at the very least, you'll likely require a site plan. Make sure to check your zoning; you'll need to contact City Planning if your property is within city limits.
No. All ballots are separated from the return envelope before the ballots are inspected. This process ensures confidentiality.
Your ballot has been cast as soon as you deposit it in the mailbox or at a drop site. After that, you cannot receive a new ballot to re-vote.
No, each ballot must be returned separately in its own envelope. This is so that each envelope contains the signature of the voter whose ballot is cast.
No, all votes for the race(s) in which you vote for more candidates than open positions will only be tallied as over-votes. These will not count toward any candidate race.
No. You only need to update your registration when:
No. If you do not want to be affiliated with a political party, you may check the box that states not a member of a party. You may not designate or change a party affiliation after the 21st day before the primary election.
You have the choice of mailing your ballot or returning it to any county election office or any designated drop site in the state. The times and locations of drop sites are published and available from our office.
No, your ballot will be counted even if you do not vote for every measure / candidate. The measure(s) / candidate(s) that you do not vote for will be counted as an under-vote.
You will receive a voters' pamphlet from the Secretary of State for all statewide elections.
You can track your ballot online. A record is kept showing each voter whose ballot has been returned.
According to ORS 254.155, the Secretary of State completes a random ordering of the letters of the alphabet no later than the 69th day before the date of any election. This list is mailed to the county clerks no later than the 68th day before any election. The county clerk then arranges the candidates by surname according to that random alphabet order.
All candidates are placed on the ballot when they file an application with our office stating their intention to run. We do not check background, criminal history, education, or work history for any of the candidates. It is the responsibility of the voter to research the candidates to make an informed decision on the candidate that they wish to vote into an elected position. The voter's pamphlets do contain information on the candidate, but on local elections the state of Oregon does not usually publish a voter's pamphlet. On these elections it is the responsibility of the candidate to distribute information.
As of April 2, 2013 there are 34,710 registered voters in Klamath County.
Absentee ballots are available 45 days before the election. You may request either in person, by mail, or by fax an early absentee ballot from our election office. You will need to include your name, residence address and, if different, your mailing address.
If the ballot is mailed back, postage is required. Postage is not required if the ballot is deposited in one of the official ballot drop sites.
Our office does not provide interpretations of the measures on your ballot. You can read the voter's pamphlet or the text of the measure on the ballot. It is your responsibility as a voter to research and understand the measures that you are voting on.
If you are registered to vote by the 21st day before the election but now have a different address and:
If you make a mistake, you may call our election office and request a replacement ballot. One will be mailed to you provided the request is received with sufficient time for mailing. Otherwise, you may pick up a replacement ballot in person at our election office.
If you have not received your ballot within a week after they are mailed, call our election office. We will check that your voter registration is current. If it is, we will mail you a replacement ballot.
You are required to furnish your full name, residence address, mailing address, date of birth, signature, and your Oregon DMV Driver's License / ID number (if you do not have a Driver's License / ID number then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number). You will also be asked to provide your political party preference.
As of April 2, 2013 the number of voters registered in the political parties were:
Per ORS 254.478 all ballots are counted no sooner than seven days before election day. No results can be announced before 8 p.m. on election night.
Initial results are released shortly after 8 p.m. election night and will continue to be updated throughout election night until all ballots have been counted.
Yes, the ballot will still be counted.
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The County Museum is located at 1451 Main St. Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Hours: open year-round Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
The Baldwin Hotel Museum is located at 31 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Hours: open during the summer from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
The Fort Klamath Museum is located at 51400 Highway 62, Fort Klamath, OR 97626. Hours: open during the summer from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Klamath County sells its tax lots in ESRI shapefile format. Each parcel has a value in an MTL field that links it to the Assessor ownership and property value information. A few other specialized layers are available such as special road districts, livestock districts, and lighting districts. For street centerlines and road names the county utilizes a GIS layer maintained by Aspen GIS Services, Inc. For information on obtaining this layer contact us by email or by phone at 541-591-4946.
The tax lot linework and the associated attribute data (ownership and property value) is no more than a month older than the assessors most current maps. The tax map TIF files are the current set of assessor maps and are no older than a few days.
The tax lots were digitized by county staff and by students at OIT. They were digitized directly from scanned images of the tax maps. Therefore, the positional accuracy of the linework will vary across the county and should be used accordingly. The current tax lots are maintained in the GIS by GIS staff and updated on a monthly basis.
Klamath County does not currently accept credit card orders and prefers a check prior to delivery of the data. Requests for a GIS CD along with checks can be mailed to:
Attn: GIS CD
305 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
The data cost is $150. You can also email Bruce Fichtman to request an invoice or if you have further questions.
The data can be provided on CD, thru an ftp, or both. Orders can usually be filled within 2 days of receiving payment.
Currently Klamath County GIS data is available with no licensing agreement. The data is sold as-is with no expressed or implied warranty as to its accuracy or correctness.
Klamath County does not currently have a subscription option for its tax lot GIS data.
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Call 541-883-4197 and leave a message in the jail general voicemail box. Leave your name, phone number, and a short message. Someone will call you back with the information you are requesting.
We will be posting Names of individuals lodged at the Klamath County Jail on the In-custody Inmate page.
The Klamath County Jail accepts the following types of funds: cash, postal money orders or checks from local attorney client trust accounts. We do not accept personal checks. You may add money to an inmates account in person at the Klamath County Jail, online via Trinity Services Smart Money, or by calling 1-866-394-0490.
See Bail Procedures for further details.
If you are a victim of a crime and wish to recieve a notification when an inmate is release, You can register with VINE.
VINE is America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information. The VINE service provides information by phone, email, TTY, and text message where available.
See Vine for more information.
On Link River. From the north trailhead, hike a half-mile to a point just below the bridge over the westside canal, and look for a sign on the east side of the trail.,
With property taxes. Mostly.
County Parks are listed below; click for the address for each:
Crystal Springs ParkEagle Ridge ParkExchange Park (Fairgrounds)Ft. Klamath Park MuseumHagelstein ParkHenzel ParkPetric ParkStevenson ParkWilliamson River Access ParkWocus Bay Boat Launch
Camping in any County park is on a first come, first serve basis; we do not require or take reservations. County parks which allow camping include Eagle Ridge and Hagelstein; please note that camping is only allowed for 14 (fourteen) days in County parks.
The first steps in building on a parcel of land is to determine if the property is in the City or the County; you can find the address or parcel to determine this information by searching the County's zoning map or the City of Klamath Falls zoning map. If your property is in the County, you'll want to visit with our Planning Division. They can help guide you through the process, providing valuable information regarding zoning, land use, site plans, and other items you'll need to gather and let you know the next steps to take. Also, you might want to review information pertaining to buildable lots.
You must build a primary dwelling prior to building any accessory structures. One possible solution would be to include a small apartment in the shop, which would then allow you to build other accessory structures. Once you then build the house, you could remove the apartment in the shop so it is no longer considered a dwelling (as there is typically only one dwelling allowed per parcel). You could also obtain a building permit for the dwelling, which would allow you to construct accessory structures (provided they are shown on the site plan) prior to the dwelling. Once you have that building permit for the dwelling, you can also obtain a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) to live in an RV during construction.
Staying on the property in an RV is considered camping; camping in Klamath County is limited to 21 days in a 6 month period. Once the building permit for the dwelling* has been issued, you can apply for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) to live in an RV while you're building the dwelling. The TUP can be extended as long as the building permit remains active and does not expire; it takes approximately 35 days to receive approval of the TUP. The application fee for a TUP is $450 with a $146 annual renewal fee (building permit fees are separate). *Note: a dwelling is either a stick-built or manufactured home.
You can build a small dwelling, but it has to meet the standards of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code which Klamath County uses. The smallest size that meets the code is approximately 300 sq. ft. Alternative materials and styles for dwellings are allowed as long as a registered engineer certifies that they are "equivalent" to the building code. you will need to check with the Klamath County Onsite Department regarding alternative waste and grey water disposal. Solar power is acceptable to use in lieu of other power sources; Klamath County is solar friendly; click here for more information about permitting for solar power.
You can, but you'll need to meet the flood plain construction requirements. This includes having the finished floor elevation of the living space one (1) foot above the base flood elevation; this is determined by a surveyor and confirmed by the Planning Department. You'll also need vents placed in the walls or foundation and accessory structures (shops, sheds, etc.) must have openings in the portions of the structures that are below base flood elevation. To view FEMA preliminary floodplain maps for Klamath County visit the FEMA website.
Unless a firearm is partially visible, it is considered concealed.
A concealed handgun license allows you to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun concealed upon your person or concealed within your control in a car or other means of transportation.
ORS 166.295 (C)(2) requires that the "licensee shall report the change of address and the sheriff shall issue a new license as a duplication for a change of address. The license shall expire upon the same date as would the original." Failure to do so may result in revocation of your License. The cost is $15. You MUST submit your address change with DMV prior to coming into our office to have your concealed carry permit updated. Once you have changed your name with DMV bring your new driver's licence and current concealed carry permit in on any Tuesday or Thursday morning between 9:00 am and 12:00 p.m. to update your concealed carry permit.
If you will be transferring your license to another county, register with that county. They will notify us that you are no longer a CHL holder in Klamath County. However, if you do not transfer your license to another Oregon county or if you move out of state, you must notify the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.
You should report the loss of your CHL and come in to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office any Tuesday or Thursday between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to apply for a replacement concealed carry permit. The cost is $15.
Pursuant to ORS 166.295(1)(a), a concealed handgun license is renewable by repeating the procedures set out in ORS 166.291 and 166.292. You are not required to be fingerprinted or to provide character references again. Klamath County residents can come into the Klamath County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday or Thursdays between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, complete an application and pay a $50 renewal fee. OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING 541-883-5130.
An otherwise expired concealed handgun license continues to be valid for up to 45 days after the licensee applies for renewal if:
Yes. Bring a marriage license or court documentation as proof of your name change. The cost is $15. You can come in during any Tuesday or Thursday between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to submit your name change.
This is a serious offense and can result in arrest and seizure and revocation of your License. Always keep your CCL with you!
Maybe. ORS 166.291 (8) the county sheriff may waive the residency requirement in 1(c) for a resident of a contiguous state who has a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need. In order for someone who lives out of state to apply for an Oregon Concealed Handgun License, they must schedule an appointment by calling 541-883-5130, to come into the Klamath County Sheriff's Office to apply in person. You will need to have proof of an approved handgun safety course or valid concealed carry permit from your resident state, picture identification, second form of ID and a letter addressed to the Sheriff explaining your need for a concealed carry permit in the state of Oregon.
Yes. We are mandated by law to fingerprint new applicants for Concealed Handgun Licenses, regardless of whether they have been fingerprinted before.
By statute we have 45 days to process your application for both new licenses and renewal of your license. Based on the work load of the concealed weapons division, sometimes your permit will be sent to you sooner than the 45 days.
No. Oregon does not require a concealed handgun license applicant to register their handgun or to qualify. Please do not bring your firearm to the Sheriff’s Office.
In 1978, Klamath County voters approved a 6% Motel Tax Measure. Klamath County voters increased this rate to 8% by a vote in 2006.
Those who provide temporary overnight lodging. Lodging providers must charge their customers and pay this tax. This lodging includes:
No tax is imposed on the following transients:
If you provide transient lodging, you must complete Transient Room Tax Operator Registration form and mail it to the address on the form. Forms may be obtained from the Tax Collector’s Office or online (PDF).
After we receive your registration form, we’ll assign you a unique Certificate of Authority Number and mail you a certificate. This certificate must be displayed prominently in your establishment.
Begin collecting the transient room tax from the transients and remit the tax to the Tax Collector’s Office. The Tax Collector’s Office will provide paper forms to remit the tax or you may use the online lodging tax form.
The online lodging tax return is a calculating form. It will take the numbers you enter and calculate the tax you owe.
When you complete your return, print and sign it, then mail it to the Tax Collector’s Office with your payment.
You must file a return with the Tax Collector’s Office and pay the taxes monthly (due the 15th of the following month). You must file a zero return even if you didn’t collect any tax for the reporting period.