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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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Site Development Permits

Site Development

Site development permits are issued for work such as clearing, grading, tree cutting, landslide repair, private streets and groundwork related to new subdivisions, where no building or structure is altered, moved or constructed.


Getting Started

There are several situations when a project would require a site development permit:

(1) Clearing
For cutting or removal of vegetation which results in exposing any bare soil.

(2) Grading
For earthwork, excavation or filling in excess of 10 cubic yards.

(3) Tree Cutting
For tree cutting on slopes with gradients which exceed 25% when more than five trees of six-inch diameter are to be cut or the area to be cleared is greater than 2,500 square feet. 
  
(4) Private Right-of-ways 
For construction of streets, alleys, common greens and pedstrian connections located within a private right-of-way. 

Applying For My Permit


Plan Review Process

Site development permits are reviewed by BDS geotechnical and join/or civil engineers and Planing and Zoning staff.

 
Depending on the project, reviews may be required by other City of Portland bureaus.
When reviews are completed and the permit is approved, staff will contact you to pick up your permit at the Development Services Center.
 
Track the permit review process.
 

Inspections

Site development permits are inspected by Site Development Inspections.


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