Clatsop County has two distinct types of public roads within its authority. The degree of county responsibility depends on the status of the road and applicable state and county law.
A public road is a road that everyone has a right to use and which is a matter of legal record. State highways and city streets are types of public roads. Generally, the County has no responsibility to maintain state highways and city streets.
A county road is a type of public road that was accepted into the county road system. Because the road has been accepted into the system, Clatsop County Public Works maintains the road (within the limits of the budget) and sets standards and specifications for road work.
Local Access Road
A local access road is a public road under County authority that was not accepted into the county road system. A local access road was dedicated to the public, but it was not accepted by the County as part of the publicly-maintained road system. The County still has authority within the rights-of-way of local access roads, but local landowners have the responsibility for maintenance.
For all public roads under County authority, the County processes permits for uses within the right-of-way such as driveways, road approaches, utility installations, and any other work. The County's authority covers the entire right-of-way.
A type of road owned privately where access is only granted through easement(s), over the property to other than the owner of the property. The County does not exercise authority or perform maintenance on private roads.
Another type of road serving property in Clatsop County are State forest roads. Contact Oregon Department of Forestry, Astoria District or the private landowner(s) for information about these roads which may or may not be open for travel or use by the general public.
Finally, other jurisdictions manage public roadways in our area including local cities as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation. Please contact the appropriate jurisdiction for questions about roadways they manage.