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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 (March/April 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.

BDS News View all »

  1. Apr 27

    Comment on Draft Code Language for Deconstruction Requirement Through May 18, 2016

    Submit comments by email to shawn.wood@portlandoregon.gov. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-5468, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

  2. Apr 26

    Waiver of System Development Charges (SDC) for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Extended until July 2018

    On April 13, 2016 City Council unanimously passed a Resolution extending the current waiver of System Development Charges for Accessory Dwelling Units.

  3. Apr 18

    Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Tree Preservation in Development Situations, Become Effective May 13, 2016

    The amendments strengthen regulations for tree preservation in development situations on private property.

  4. Apr 4

    Proposed Changes to the Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM)

    BES will accept public comment on the proposed SWMM revisions from 8:00 a.m. April 4, 2016 through 5:00 p.m. May 6, 2016

  5. Mar 31

    The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

BDS Service Level Updates View all »

  1. Feb 8

    Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, 2016

    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.

  2. Jan 20

    Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

    Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

  3. Jan 11

    Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016

    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. Dec 7

    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 our upcoming Holiday closure schedule.

  5. Sep 1

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 »