Apply for a Temporary Use Permit for a Construction Modular

Many large construction projects necessitate an on-site construction modular during construction activities. A construction modular can provide office space, break rooms, restrooms, or temporary accommodations for a use on the site that has been displaced due to construction, during an active construction project. In addition to a building permit, a Temporary Use Permit is required prior to installing the modular.

The temporary use permit is a Type I land use decision under the Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 300.


  • Application. You must submit all required items listed in the application checklist section below to the Permit Application Center Portal.
  • Completeness review. Staff reviews application for completeness. If the application is not complete, you will be notified as to what information is missing and will have 180 days to submit the additional information. You may track the status of your application online at the City of Salem permit tracking webpage.
  • Conformance review. Once a complete application is submitted, staff reviews the applicant’s proposed plan for conformance with the applicable criteria for a temporary use permit under SRC 701.016. If staff cannot approve the application, you will be contacted with the reasons the plan does not comply.
  • Decision. The Planning Administrator issues a decision to approve or deny the application based upon whether the proposal meets the applicable criteria.
  • Building Permit. Once the temporary use permit is approved, you can apply for your building permit for the placement of the modular.

Application Checklist

  • Completed land use application form. The application form must be signed by the applicant(s), property owner(s) and/or duly authorized representative(s). If the applicant and/or property owner is a Limited Liability Company (LLC), please also provide a list of all members of the LLC with your land use application. The land use form will be generated for you when you submit through the Permit Application Center Portal. You will be required to sign the application that is created and upload the signed form.
  • Application fee. You must pay the application fee when you file your application.
  • Proof of ownership. You must submit proof of ownership such as deeds or a preliminary title report.
  • Site plan. The site plan must include the following:
  • The location of the proposed temporary construction modular
  • Setbacks, building separations, lot coverage, vehicular access, and public and private utilities
  • Restoration plan. If the placement of the construction modular would disturb a landscaped or undeveloped site, the restoration plan shall demonstrate how the site will be restored to its previous condition when the modular is removed.
  • Written Statement. You must provide a written statement describing the proposal and how it conforms to the following approval criteria in SRC 701.016(c).