Planning & Development Services

Planning Department

Welcome to the Harney County Planning Department!  Most all of the land use applications, building permits and other documents we use are listed here for download, printing or reviewing right online.

Brandon McMullen, Planning Director
360 N. Alvord
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: 541-573-6655
FAX: 541-573-2762

Howard Palmer, Residential Building Inspector
Phone: 541-573-8174

Brett Thomas, GIS/Building Program Tech
Phone:  541-573-8195

Current Events:

Current Land Use Applications and Potential Decisions:

** Public Notice**

Harney County Planning Department Public Notice (RE: COVID-19)

Effective 7/1/2020 (Until further notice):  As per the Governor’s mandate, please consider wearing face masks inside the office.

The following County programs are provided by the Harney County Planning Department:

  • Land Use Planning and Zoning
  • Building Permit and Plan Review Services
  • Onsite Sanitation and Inspection Services
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Road/R.O.W. research/Road History

Land Use Application Flow Chart:

The process involved with making land use applications under Oregon Land Use Laws and the subsequent County Comprehensive Plan can be difficult to understand so the Planning Department has developed the convenient Land Use Application Flow Chart replicated below.  Follow the link to access a full size version.


Permit Applications
Click on the permit name to open, view and print; in PDF format.






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Land Use

Septic Permits

Dev. Permit

Building Program

Have a question?  Call, visit or email our offices!


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