• 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.


    Site development permits are inspected by Site Development Inspections.

    Applications & Handouts