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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

What is a code violation?

In most cases, investigation of code violations and enforcement action happens when a citizen reports a potential violation. Types of violations that are typically reported and where to report them include: vehicles, construction without permits, residential & commerical, tree/vegetation, noise and other.

Another possible avenue for resolution is to sit down with a mediator and discuss the issue(s) with your neighbor. For info contact Resolutions Northwest.


Table of Contents

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Vehicles Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
Vehicles parked on unpaved areas Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Parking accessory recreational vehicles in the wrong area on a property Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Oversized trucks parked in residential zones Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Vehicles parked/stored without required screening, landscaping and setbacks (generally commercial properties) Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Auto repair/service in wrong zones (i.e. auto business in a residential zone) Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Visibly disabled vehicles on private property Disabled Vehicles on Private Property Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Abandoned/disabled vehicles in the right-of-way Right-of-Way Abandoned Autos (503) 823-7309
Illegally parked vehicles in the right-of-way Right-of-Way Parking Patrol (503) 823-5195
Auto repair in the right-of-way - If being done by an auto repair shop Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Vehicle sales, repair or service business parking, storing, and/or repairing vehicles in the right of way (Title 16) Right-of-Way Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE

Construction Without Permit Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
Electrical, plumbing or mechanical work without permits Construction without permit Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Grading and/ or fill work without permits (in excess of # cu yds)
Construction without permit Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Residential structural work without permits (i.e. addition to a house, construction of a new garage or accessory structures over 200 sq.ft., fences over six feet tall, demolition of a house, etc.) Construction without permit Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Commercial structural work without permits (i.e. change of occupancy without required permits, addition to structure, structural tenant improvements, etc.) Construction without permit Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Illegal units unoccupied. If occupied then a HS case. Construction without permit Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)

Commercial & Residential Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
Commercial businesses in a residential zone Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Exit concerns for commercial businesses (i.e. blocked/locked exit ways, exit signs not working, etc) Fire Fire Marshal’s Office (503) 823-3700
Over height (taller than 6 foot) accessory structures in building setbacks Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Pavement placed for parking purposes without the required zoning permit Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Over height fence in front setback (usually fences are required to be 3 ½ feet in the front setback). Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Home businesses with customers or an employee without the required home occupation permit Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Violations of a Land Use Review conditions of approval Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Overlay zone (E-zones, scenic resource zones, others) violations Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Plan Districts violations Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Temporary activities exceeding time or area limits, including garage sales Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Light glare from a commercial site to a residential site Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Tree cutting or other vegetation removal in an environmental zone Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Safety issues such as collapsing buildings or retaining walls Dangerous Building Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Erosion issues on a property Erosion Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Landslides Erosion Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Maintenance of a residential structure, i.e. leaking roof, peeling paint, people living in a garage, etc. Housing Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Ext. Maintenance of non-residential structures, i.e. peeling paint, missing siding, etc.

 

Derelict Buildings, i.e. boarded, vacant.

Housing Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Illegal Occupancies Housing Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Vacant structure open to entry Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Trash/debris on the exterior of a property Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Tall Grass/Weeds Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services

(503) 823-CODE (2633)

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Basketball hoops on parking strips Right-of Way Street Systems, Transportation (503) 823-7002
Basketball hoops on telephone poles Right-of Way Electrical Utility Company Contact PGE or PP & L (whichever is the provider for the area)
Bushes/trees/vegetation encroaching into right of way Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Broken/unsafe sidewalks Right-of Way Maintenance Operations, Transportation (503) 823-1711
Structures/fences built in right of way Right-of Way Street Systems, Transportation (503) 823-7002
Visibility at Intersections Right-of Way Traffic Management, Transportation (503) 823-5211

Trees/Vegetation Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
Bushes/trees/vegetation encroaching into right-of-way Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Dead or dying trees on private property Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services

(503) 823-CODE (2633)

Note that a report is required from a certified arborist regarding the condition of the tree.

Low tree limbs over adjacent street/sidewalk from private property trees Nuisance Code Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Low tree limbs over adjacent street/sidewalk from public property trees   Urban Forestry

(503) 823-4489

If tree is in the parking strip contact Urban Forestry at (503) 823-4489.

Tree cutting or other vegetation removal in an environmental zone Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)

Noise Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
Airplane noise Noise Port of Portland (503) 460-4100
Animal Noises - Legal animal facilities, such as kennels, doggie day cars, or stables Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 8237350
Animal Noises - Other animal noises, such as residential to residential noises or a neighbor's barking dog Noise Multnomah County Animal Services www.multcopets.org/animal-nuisances (503) 988-7387 (Note: they only accept barking dog complaints online)
Construction activity outside permitted hours Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 8237350
Garbage hauler complaints, including truck /pick-up noise Noise Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (503) 823- 7202
Helicopter noise     If the helicopter is from a news agency, contact that agency to file a complaint. Otherwise there is no agency that covers copter noise.
Leaf blower noise Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 823-7350
Music too loud Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 823-7350
Noise (other than music) from establishments that sell liquor) Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 823-3092 (Time Place Manner)
Loud voices Disturbance of the peace Possibly covered by the police (503) 823-3333 (police non-emergency) - do not call 911
Other amplified sounds that are too loud Noise Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 823-7350
Railroad noise   Federal Railway Administration Violation Report

Other Concerns

DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION TYPE OF VIOLATION WHICH BUREAU RESPONDS BUREAU CONTACT
CROW (Commercial containers stored on the right-of-way Right-of-Way Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (503) 823-7202
Empty garbage/recycling containers left on the curb Right-of-Way Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (503) 823-7202
Exterior display/storage by a commercial business in a zone that does not allow this activity Zoning Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Garbage at bus shelters Right-of-Way Tri-Met (503) 238-7433 #4 
Garbage dumped in the street that is blocking traffic Right-of-Way Bureau of Maintenance (503) 823-1700
Garbage dumped that is not blocking traffic Nuisance Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Graffiti Hotline Crime Prevention Office of Neighborhood Involvement (503) 823-4824
Illegal Dumping Nuisance Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Liquid waste draining into street drain Right-of-Way Bureau of Environmental Services (503) 823-7180
Sewer and/or rain drain breaks

Nuisance

Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)
Sidewalk obstructions

Nuisance

Bureau of Development Services (503) 823-CODE (2633)

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