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About Construction Projects in Oregon

Browse our Oregon heavy equipment rental locations by city. BigRentz offers a wide variety of heavy equipment for rent, including earth moving machines, aerial equipment, lift trucks, compaction equipment, and job site services.

What You Need To Know

Oregon is one of the best states for building now. The state’s population is 4.1 million. That’s an increase of 300,000 in only six years. It also has one of the strongest economies in the country. You should want to break ground here. You just need to know a few things. Here’s a guide on building in Oregon.

Licenses and Permits

You will need a permit to build in Oregon. The state expects you to have a license if you want to build or improve anything. You must list the type of structure you’re making. You also must show that you have a bond. The state wants this kind of insurance so that you can pay for any accidental damage that may occur during the build.

Your workers will need licenses to use heavy machinery. Any major construction project requires these tools. Items like boom lifts, forklifts, scissor lifts, and manlifts make a build go much easier. They’re large enough to cause property damage if untrained workers use them wrong. That’s why Oregon requires users to prove that they can use these lifts safely.

Types of Soil

Jory soil is the official state soil of Oregon. You’ll need to research it if you plan to build in the state. It’s almost everywhere but particularly popular in the western parts of Oregon. Estimates show that Jory soil is present in more than 300,000 acres in Western Oregon alone.

This soil comes from deposits in the foothills of the Willamette Valley. You’ll love this soil for builds. It’s moist and lush. You can add vegetation to your construction project, as the soil will ensure that it grows evenly. The only catch is that Jory soil does have some give. You will need to fortify the ground when you build on this soil type.

Regional Growth

Oregon has the lowest unemployment rate in state history. Its citizens are enjoying annual wage growth of four percent, too. The strength of the economy has led to an unprecedented housing boom. You will have plenty of customers if you build in any residential or commercial area in Oregon.

Business and financial jobs are the most popular options in the state. Skilled computer workers are also in demand. The other high-paying position is management work. These white-collar jobs employ a lot of citizens. All of them pay well, too.

Five major cities in Oregon are great for building. Portland and its surrounding area have a population of 3.1 million. Salem, the state capital, has roughly 400,000 residents. Also, Eugene, Gresham, and Hillsboro all claim populations of more than 100,000.

Two other cities are growing in popularity. Beaverton has 90,000 residents. It was also recently named one of the best places to live in America. Bend’s population has increased 60 percent in the 2000s. It might have the most upside of any potential Oregon build.

A construction project in Oregon is a good idea. The economy is so strong here that you’ll have plenty of potential customers. Just think about the factors listed here before you break ground. That way, you’ll have a smooth build.

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