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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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  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (September/October 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.

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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. Sep 22

    Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

    During the rainy season, between October 1st and April 30th, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention.

  2. Sep 15

    New Online Map of Residential Demolition Data

    In an effort to improve access to public information that is of interest to the community, the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services recently launched a Residential Demolitions Map of demolition permit activity within the City of Portland.

  3. Aug 31

    BDS Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

    Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Another position in another category is due to come available in February 2017, so please apply if interested in other categories.

  4. Aug 12

    BDS Lunch & Learn: Trees in Development Situations – Friday, August 26, 2016

    Friday, August 26, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

  5. Jul 28

    BDS Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Design Commission

    Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” 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 soon as possible.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Sep 12

    UPDATED September 12, 2016: Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) Buildings and Demolition Delay Policy Effective September 1, 2016

    After further review the Bureau of Development Services has determined that the 120 day delay period in ORS 197.722 applies to all permit types, not only demolition permits.

  2. Aug 29

    Holiday Closure: Monday, September 5, 2016 in Observance of Labor 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.

  3. Aug 26

    Current BDS Service Levels

    Growth in the construction industry has outpaced the City’s ability to keep up with related workload and meet many of its goals for timely service delivery.

  4. Jul 27

    Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Nonstructural Components and Designated Seismic Systems Effective July 1, 2017

    Effective July 1, 2017 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

  5. Jun 24

    Holiday Closure Monday, July 4, 2016: Observance of Independence 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.

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 »