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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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  • Visiting the DSC? Please check our DSC Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting the DSC.

  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (November/December 2016) A bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects. Start Now!

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions & Pre-App Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

News & Events View all »

  1. Nov 16

    Proposed Changes to Enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rental Requirements

    The City of Portland is proposing to change response to violations of Accessory Short Term Rental requirements in an effort to achieve greater compliance with current rules.

  2. Nov 15

    Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Administrative Rule: Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement

    A public hearing on the proposed administrative rule will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, 12:00-2:00 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 4a (4th floor).

  3. Nov 10

    BDS Lunch & Learn: The Portland Metropolitan Levee System and BDS’s Role in its Future

    Friday, November 18, 2016 from Noon – 1:00 PM, 2nd Foor Conference Room 2500A, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201

  4. Nov 10

    The Bureau of Development Services is Seeking Input on a Proposed Slope Stability Code Guide

    Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to Ericka.Koss@portlandoregon.gov. The public comment period will be open until Friday, December 9, 2016.

  5. Oct 12

    New PortlandMaps.Com Building Permit Search

    In an effort to improve public access and the usability of building permit information contained in the Portland Maps website, the City of Portland Bureau of Technology Services and the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) launched a new Advanced Permit Search Function.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Dec 7

  2. Nov 29

    BDS Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of upcoming Holiday Closures.

  3. Nov 16

    Holiday Closure: Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2016 in Observance of Thanksgiving Day

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  4. Nov 3

    Holiday Closure: Friday, November 11, 2016 in Observance of Veterans Day

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  5. Oct 21

    Deconstruction Requirements Effective October 31, 2016

    The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. Demolition permit applications deemed complete prior to October 31st are not subject to this new requirement.

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 information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Hours of Operation

General Office:

Monday through Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

The Development Service Center
(1st Floor):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm

Thursdays

7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursdays

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Learn more about ITAP

The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) will move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow complete, online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services. Learn more »