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September 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
Effective August 29, 2014 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) implemented a new permitting process for short-term rentals of one and two bedrooms within single-family residential homes. The permitting process is required to support the City’s Zoning Code changes, which were unanimously adopted by the Portland City Council on July 30, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services is responsible for administration of the City’s Zoning Code, and has finalized the permitting process and public information which is now available on BDS’s website.
“After significant community input to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and then the City Council, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Bureau of Development Services have finalized recommendations that implement the City Code changes to now allow short-term rentals in single family homes and Accessory Dwelling Units” said Commissioner Fritz, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services. The Director of BDS, Paul L. Scarlett adds “the permitting and inspection requirements now in place will help address community concerns, streamline the process for customers and ensure rooms for short-term rentals meet basic fire, life and safety standards.”
To find information on the regulations, permitting process, application for permit and frequently asked questions, visit the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage.
BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service.
BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service. The survey is now online at www.BDSSurvey.com and is open to all through September 15th, 2014. It is also available via the BDS website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds. We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Please forward this information to others who might want to participate.
Upon receiving input and feedback, the bureau will analyze and implement necessary changes and improvements to our services and programs, where possible. Other approaches to our customer service improvement program include reaching out directly to recent permit and land use applicants, as well as providing easy ways for customers to give confidential feedback at any time.
If you would like to join the BDS e-mailing list to receive our bi-monthly newsletter, The Plans Examiner, and other BDS public notices please subscribe via the BDS website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/41448.
No internet access or need language translation? Contact Greg Supriano at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov or 503-823-7351.
To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact Greg Supriano, Program Specialist, by phone at 503-823-7351 or by email at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov. TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711.
August 11, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing this update to our customers regarding a new code interpretation issued by the State of Oregon Building Codes Division, (BCD) on July 3, 2014. This code interpretation clarifies the requirements for protection of elevator hoist way openings into fire rated corridors. The new interpretation makes it clear that smoke protection is required at these openings. In conformance with the new BCD code interpretation, BDS will now be requiring that elevator doors that open into a fire rated corridor be equipped with smoke protection, such as a smoke curtain or additional swinging hoist way door, in accordance with this interpretation.
For more detailed information refer to Oregon State Building Code, 2014 OSSC Section 701.2 Multiple use fire assemblies which are determined by the State to be applicable to the 2010 OSSC.
The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.
August 7, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.
The Design Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in the Central City Plan District and the Gateway Regional Center. The Commission also reviews appeals of smaller scale proposals and alterations to existing structures in design-overlay zones throughout the City. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, during normal business hours. Please note: due to the busy development period the City is experiencing, Commission hearings often extend into evening hours, as well as extra hearing dates needing to be scheduled. Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a representative of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, one person representing the public at-large, and five members experienced in either design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development. No more than two members may be appointed from any one of these areas of expertise.
Currently, one position is coming available and falls within the “design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as early as October 1, 2014, but no later than December 31, 2014.
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. Applications should be submitted by September 15, 2014.
For more information about the Design Commission you may contact Tim Heron with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or Tim.Heron@portlandoregon.gov.
Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni.
The Bureau of Development Services has had many inquiries about the removal of a large cedar tree near the north property line of 6208 NE 22nd Avenue. The following permits and land use actions are in process for this site:
14-175854 PR: is a Lot Confirmation that is under review. The applicant proposes to confirm Lot 35, which is one of the originally platted lots in Block 9, Irvington Park subdivision. When the Lot Confirmation is completed, Lot 35 will be a separate building site that is eligible for new development.
14-186399 RS: is a building permit under review for a new single family residence that will be located on Lot 35 when the Lot Confirmation process has been completed. The cedar tree is proposed for removal to make room on this lot for the new home.
14-185369 RS, Rev 01: is a demolition permit that has been issued to remove the detached garage from the site. The cedar tree will also be removed as part of the work approved in this demolition permit.
There are no current City regulations that prevent the removal of the tree in this circumstance, and no tree cutting permit is required since the tree removal is shown on the approved demolition plan.
The tree is not a “Heritage Tree,” which is a program designed to protect trees that have been designated as significant through a process administered by the Urban Forestry Division of Portland Parks. More information about the Heritage Tree program can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/40280.
For more information, please contact Jill Grenda, Supervising Planner at 503-823-3580 or Jill.Grenda@portlandoregon.gov.