The City of Lake Oswego Development Code
section 45.09.075 Undergrounding of Utilities.
Requires Utilities to be Installed Underground.
45.09.074 Undergrounding of Utilities
Utility and service facilities shall be located underground in conjunction with construction of all new buildings or other structures subject to this Code that require utility service. Utility and service facilities shall be located underground in conjunction with the remodeling of all buildings or other structures subject to this Code if the proposed remodeling requires or results in a substantial modification to the existing utility service or if the remodeling requires or results in construction of a utility trench.
Specific exemptions are as follows:
I. Developments that need multi phase voltages or high KVA demands may develop with pad transformers where underground transformers may not be feasible. Pad mounted transformers shall be buffered from sight by landscaping or other suitable methods.
II. Pad mounted transformers are allowed in major single-family developments, but shall be buffered from sight by landscaping or other suitable methods.
III. Above ground telephone and cable television junction boxes are allowed.
However, the following special consideration for additions, alterations, and renovations is applicable:
Where site infeasibility precludes the installation underground, the applicant shall request relief in writing to the Building Official.