• (1) Submit for Permit

    Plans that are not simple enough to be issued ‘over the counter’ are taken in for routing and review. To have your project reviewed, bring your completed [Building Permit Application] form, plans including additional materials, and required fees to the Development Services Center. When review fees are paid, your project application status is changed to “Under Review,” and within 1-2 working days your plans are assigned to review groups.

    (2) Plan Review

    Depending on your proposed project, plans will be reviewed by various city bureaus. Types of reviews include planning and zoning, structural and fire. The assigned reviewers check to see that your proposal is in compliance with the specific code or regulation. If the proposal is in compliance, the reviewer will sign off and the proposal will move to the next review group (see step 3). If the reviewer needs additional information or has identified corrections to the proposal, they will request this information from you in writing in the form of a “Checksheet” (see step 2a.)

    (2a) Corrections Needed

    A checksheet is sent when a reviewer needs additional information or a correction needs to be made to the plans. Once the reviewer sends a checksheet, they take no further action until you provide a response to the checksheet.

    (2b) Revise Plans

    Once you receive a checksheet and have gathered the additional information or made the corrections, bring the information to the Development Services Center. Complete and timely responses will speed the re-review of the project.

    More tips on how to respond to a checksheet.

    If the checksheet response is complete, the reviewer will sign off and the proposal will move to the next review group (see step 3). If the reviewer needs additional information or has identified corrections to the proposal, they will request this information from you in writing in another checksheet (return to steps 2a and 2b).

    (3) Plans Approved

    When the last technical review is approved, your permit will be pre issued. You will be notified that your permit is ready, and of your final fee total. You may pick up your permit between 8:00 am-3:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, Thursdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of the 1900 Building located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR.

    (4) Inspections

    When you pick up your permit, you will receive an orange (residential) or yellow (commercial) inspection card listing all of the inspections you will need during construction. When all of your inspections are approved, you will receive a final inspection and your project is complete.