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Portland, Oregon

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General Information: 503-823-4000


1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Step 1 - Inquiry/Scoping

Portland's Public Works Permit Process

STEP 1 – Public Works Inquiry and Project Scope

On July 1, 2013, the city began offering a more integrated set of options for development early assistance, so customers do not have to sign up for multiple meetings to get information about their project from relevant bureaus. As part of these changes, the Public Works Inquiry is only available for projects with 1-2 housing units and no anticipated Land Use reviews or Property Line Adjustments. Early Assistance options that include BDS Planning and Zoning as well as Public Works staff will be available for all other projects. A summary of the Early Assistance options and costs is included below.

In addition, all Early Assistance and Public Works Inquiries will use the same application form, available for download on the Portland Bureau of Development Services website. The form is accepted in the Development Services Center on the 1st floor at 1900 SW 4th Ave. Please note that PW Inquiry applications are no longer accepted on the 5th floor.

If you have any questions about these changes to the current Public Works Inquiries, please contact Public Works Permitting at 503-823-1987 or BDS Planning and Zoning at 503-823-7526.



Early Assistance Type


City Reviewers

Meeting and written notes provided

No Meeting, written notes provided

Pre-application conference

Required for Type III and Type IV land use reviews

Land use services

Transportation, Environmental Services, Water, others as needed




Design Commission Advice Request

Presentation at Design Commission

Land use services, Design Commission




Early Assistance Zoning and Infrastructure Bureaus

Land use services, Transportation, Environmental Services, Water





Early Assistance Zoning Only

Land use services



Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check

1-2 housing units,  All other development

Land use services





Public Works Inquiry for 1-2 housing units

No land use review or property line adjustment expected

Transportation, Environmental Services, Water