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2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

The tax will be calculated as 1% of the permit valuation on residential and commercial building projects with improvements valued at $100,000 or more. Tax revenue will support affordable housing programs.

BDS Service Level Update

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 26, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268 

2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

A new Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax (CET), proposed by the Portland Housing Bureau, will go into effect on August 1, 2016. All construction permits received on or after August 1, 2016, on properties located within the City of Portland with an improvement value of $100,000 or more, will be subject to this CET. The tax will be calculated as 1% of the building permit valuation and the tax revenue will support affordable housing programs.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) determines when building permit applications are complete for purposes of assessing the tax. Building permit applications deemed complete by BDS on, or before, July 29, 2016, will not be subject to the Affordable Housing CET. A Building Permit application is deemed complete once all code specific screening is completed and when BDS receives the associated plan review fees. Minimum submittal requirements information is outline belowPlease plan ahead to bring all documents with you for submitting a complete permit application.

A small percentage of construction permits for Facility Permit Program commercial alterations and mobile home park permits will not go into effect until October 31, 2016. These permit types account for approximately 2% of all projects subject to the Affordable Housing CET. This phased approach is necessary to allow for CET fee calculation software programming to be completed.

FAQs
For additional information about the Affordable Housing CET, including exemptions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
 
For questions about what the tax pays for: Martha Calhoon, Portland Housing Bureau, Martha.calhoon@portlandoregon.gov, or 503-823-3239.

For questions about how the tax is calculated, or about exemptions: Elshad Hajiyev, Bureau of Development Services, Elshad.Hajiyev@portlandoregon.gov, or 503-823-7323.  

Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Exemptions

The tax applies to construction permits on properties located within the City of Portland when the improvement value is $100,000 or more. Exemptions are provided for the following:

  • Improvements valued at less than $100,000
  • Accessory dwelling units (through July 30, 2018)
  • Affordable housing for people at or below 80% median family incomes (MFI)
  • Private school improvements
  • Public improvements
  • Public or private hospital improvements
  • Improvements to religious facilities
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Certain not-for-profit care facilities

To demonstrate that a project is exempt from this CET an Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Exemption Form must be completed, signed and submitted with your building permit application identifying what exemptions are applicable to the project. 


Building Permit Application Minimum Submittal Requirements

The following information and webpage links provides information to applicants for what is required in order for the City to consider a permit application complete and allow the application to be submitted and plan review fees paid. 

Commercial Projects includes:

One and Two Family Projects includes:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered
  • Soils Report if lot slope exceeds 20%
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater 

See Single Family Addition Submittal Requirements for details:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered.
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater .

 

Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 12, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. As we draw closer to the implementation date, we will share more information about how deconstruction requirements will be coordinated with the permit application/approval process.

Deconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials.

Earth Advantage and the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) will offer training and certification in deconstruction beginning the week of July 18, 2016. The first training and certification is for contractors. A second training, later this fall, will focus on developing the skills needed to work on a deconstruction site. Information on training can be found here.

Visit the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s News Release for more detail about deconstruction in the City of Portland.

BDS Lunch & Learn: Historic District and Landmark Regulations – Friday, July 15th

Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

BDS Lunch & Learn

Join the Bureau of Development Services Staff for a FREE Presentation and Discussion on Historic District and Historic Landmark Regulations.

Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm
Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

House in Historic District

Properties in historic districts, as well as individually listed historic landmarks, have special zoning regulations which are intended to protect historic resources in the city and preserve the city’s heritage.

The purpose of this Lunch & Learn is to help educate home owners, realtors and the community on zoning code provisions that affect historic resources.

Historic District and Landmark Regulations will cover:

  • What is a historic district? What is a historic landmark?
  • What is the difference between a contributing resource and a non-contributing resource?
  • How do I know if my property is a historic resource?
  • When is historic resource review required?
  • What is exempt from historic resource review?

BDS staff will be available to answer zoning and building code questions.

If you have questions contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 15 de julio.

Presented by Hillary Adam, Bureau of Development Services Senior Planner and Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Historic Resources Program Manager.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

Portland Housing Bureau Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

City Council passed the Portland Housing Bureau’s recommended Construction Excise Tax and the City has identified that the Construction Excise Tax (CET) will be implemented on August 1, 2016. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) determines when building permit applications are complete for purposes of assessing the tax.

BDS Service Level Update

Portland Housing Bureau Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

June 30, 2016. City Council passed the Portland Housing Bureau’s recommended Construction Excise Tax and the City has identified that the Construction Excise Tax (CET) will be implemented on August 1, 2016. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) determines when building permit applications are complete for purposes of assessing the tax. 

BDS will apply its standard, existing criteria for determining a complete application. The information required for a project to be deemed complete is dependent upon permit type.  Information regarding general Commercial and One & Two Family requirements are listed below. Additional details can be found on the BDS website and minimum submittal requirements for various types of projects are available in the Development Services Center (DSC) and online under specific project types. Since every project is unique, there may be some situations where the applicant will be asked to provide additional information. The application is deemed complete once all code specific screening is finished and when BDS receives the associated plan review fees, which must be received on or before July 29, 2016 in order not to incur the CET. Be sure to check the Permit Center hours and please plan ahead and submit your complete permit application early. 

Even though, each project can be different, an application is generally considered complete after the following requirements are fulfilled (see referenced checklists for more detail).  Acceptance of any application is subject to the proposal being in compliance with current zoning, building and/or other local code requirements. 

Commercial Projects includes:

One and Two Family Projects includes:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered
  • Soils Report if lot slope exceeds 20%
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater 

See Single Family Addition Submittal Requirements for details:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered.
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater 

If you have questions regarding the CET you can contact Martha Calhoon, Portland Housing Bureau, Public Information Officer at Martha.calhoon@portlandoregon.gov and for complete application questions you can contact Kareen Perkins, Bureau of Development Services, Permitting Services Supervisor at kareen.perkins@portlandoregon.gov.

Update to Demolition Delay at 5128 NE Rodney

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has received many inquiries about the alleged demolition work occurring during the demolition delay period at 5128 NE Rodney Street.

BDS Service Level Update

Update to Demolition Delay at 5128 NE Rodney

June 23, 2016. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has received many inquiries about the alleged demolition work occurring during the demolition delay period at 5128 NE Rodney Street. The following is in process for permit 16- 173457-CO at this site:

A demolition permit appeal application was submitted on June 20, 2016 on behalf of the King Neighborhood Association requesting extension of the demolition delay period. The Code Hearings Officer will determine whether the demolition delay may be extended for up to 60 days, beyond the original 35-day delay period. The demolition permit may not be issued from the time the Bureau receives a complete appeal application and the fee or fee waiver, until the Code Hearings Officer has rendered a decision. If the Code Hearings Officer grants the 60-day extension, BDS cannot issue the demolition permit until the 60-day extension period has expired. If the appeal is denied, the Bureau of Development Services can issue the demolition permit upon receipt of the final appeal decision.

In response to the complaints received an inspection was completed by a BDS Inspector on June 22, 2016. All work that was observed from the inside and outside is work for which the Building Code does not require a permit. The inspection confirmed that no work requiring a permit has been done. The workers on site were advised that the scope of work being performed thus far would not trigger a building permit. However, if any structural members are removed or altered, then a stop work order could be issued. They are allowed to do hazardous materials abatement without a building permit.

For more information, please contact Kareen Perkins, Supervisor Permitting Services at 503-823-3622.