Contact Information:


Tribal Governance Center
46411 Timine Way
97801 Pendleton , OR


Phone Number:

The Planning Office has 3 primary areas of service to the residents, government, and commercial entities on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. These areas are:

  1. Permitting and Zoning
  2. Inspection Services
  3. Kayak Public Transit

In the Planning Office we are generally your first stop to build a house, build a garage, split your lot, or do any other construction or development activity.
We can help make sure your projects have the proper permits by meeting the CTUIR Land Development Code, as well help steward your project through permits required in other programs such as Water, Cultural Resources, Public Works, Environmental Health & Safety, and the Tribal Building Code. For some decisions such as Conditional Uses and Zoning Amendments they must be presented to the Natural Resources Commission for consideration. The Natural Resources Commission is a commission of tribal residents and serves a role similar to a Planning Commission in other jurisdictions.

Here are some of the services and support that Permitting and Zoning provide:

  • Development Permits,
  • Lot line Adjustments
  • Zoning Amendments,
  • Development Review
  • Manage the Tribal Land Development Code

Once development or construction begins, so does our Inspection Services. They provide Building Inspections and Environmental Health & Safety Inspection for projects that are ongoing as well as for buildings that are being renovated, demolished, or just need annual inspections.

Some of the services that our Inspection Services provide include:

  • Building Inspections,
  • Electrical Inspections,
  • Plumbing Inspections,
  • Mechanical Inspections,
  • Septic and Sewer Inspections,
  • They are also involved with other Health & Saftey Inspections, such as mold and/or other environmental hazards.

Our 3rd division is the Kayak Public Transit Services. Kayak provides a fixed route service to area cities and counties as well as administers the Tribal Taxi Ticket program.
K'ay'ak is a Nez Perce word meaning "to be free of hindrances or obstacles." That is the core of what we strive to provide to the public in Eastern Oregon and Southern Washington by providing public transit service for work, school, play and everyday living.

  • Fixed route services serving Mission, Pendleton, Walla Walla, La Grande, Pilot Rock, Hermiston, and the Tri-Cities. This service is available to everyone.
  • Taxi Tickets which are provided at discount with Elite Taxi in the Pendleton and Mission area for work, school, shopping, etc. This service is also available to everyone living within the Pendleton and Mission communities.


In addition, we also administer the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan, and the Mission Community Plan; both of which will be going through updates in 2015. We also provide research, findings & opinions as pertaining to planning, planning process, land use regulations, theory and development patterns to other CTUIR Departments, the Board of Trustees, General Council and CTUIR residents. We also work with area jurisdictions such as Umatilla County, City of Pendleton, Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (WWVMPO), Umatilla National Forest, Columbia River Gorge Commission, etc. to make sure that our policies complement each other, are mutually supportive, further our treaty rights and interest in the management of those lands in our ceded territories.