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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

Development Review Process

  1. Step 1. Research - What do I need for my project?

  2. Step 1a. Public Works Permitting - Do I need a public works permit?

  3. Step 2. Planning & Zoning - What can I do on my site?

  4. Step 2a. Land Use Review - Do I need a Land Use Review?

  5. Step 3. Plan Submittal - What do I need to provide to get a permit?

  6. Step 4. Permit Review - How do I get the permit?

  7. Step 5. Inspections - Once I get the permit, then what?

Development review includes looking at both how land is used and how buildings are built. Planners compare how the land is used with the zoning code while building plan reviewers and engineers compare how buildings are built with the building codes. There are additional partners in the development review process who look at how roads, sewers, fire safety, water supply and stormwater are affected by your project. There are many different land use requirements and permit types.
 
The Bureau of Development Services and our partners work together to review your project proposals for development in Portland. Check out Do I need a Permit to determine if you need a permit for your project. The better informed and prepared you are, the better we can serve you.
 
There are also other outside agencies/regulatory bodies that have information to help you perform your project safely, and comply with state and federal laws. Some useful links for you to review prior to your project.
 
Below is a flowchart outlining the different phases in the Development Review Process. Click on the boxes for more information about each step.
 
Development Review Process

RESEARCH PLANNING & ZONING PLAN SUBMITTAL PERMIT REVIEW INSPECTIONS LAND USE REVIEW PUBLIC WORKS PERMITTING PUBLIC WORKS PERMITTING