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From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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BDS Permits Online

Please note: The BDS Permits Online website will be unavailable on Friday morning,
September 4, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for credit card payment upgrades.

Please see our Service Level Update regarding required PCI Compliance changes for the City ( After the upgrades are complete, the BDS Permits Online website will require you have your credit card information available. For the most part the website operation will be consistent with your previous experience. Below is a brief overview of the steps for purchasing a permit through the website:

  1. Steps 1 through 5 of the Online Permit process will remain unchanged. 
  2. Step 6 will now display the amount due for your permit, but not the payment information entry fields. You will need to click a “Next” button which, after a short pause, will take you to our new payment gateway page.
  3. The new payment information page will look different and will require the three digit security code from the back of your credit card.
  4. If an error is made on the payment identification page, please scroll to the top of the Payment Info page to see the message that is displayed.
  5. For contractors, you will no longer have the option to store credit cards for later use. These changes are being implemented to make sure we can offer a most secure website experience. Thank you for your patience as we complete this update.

These changes are being implemented to make sure we can offer a most secure website experience. Thank you for your patience as we complete this update.

This online permitting system provides a way to:

  • Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review. For other permits, please go to the "Permits" page.
  • Pay for your permits
  • View the permits you obtain using Permits Online
  • Schedule and review inspections

Once you have purchased your permit and used the IVR system to schedule an inspection, view daily Residential Inspection Route Slips for your 2-hour window of inspection.

The new Online Permitting System requires you to have a unique PortlandOnline account. PortlandOnline account is free and protected by the City's Privacy Policy.

If you already have an account, you can Click here to Buy A Permit!
For new users, see tips for creating an account - Create a New Account.

The Bureau of Development Services, which is located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, issues building permits, performs land use reviews, and promotes compliance with the zoning codes and the state-adopted construction codes.

The permitting and inspection services provided by the Bureau of Development Services encompass the entire City of Portland and some unincorporated pockets of Multnomah County. Note that other cities such as Oregon City, Milwaukie, Estacada, Gresham, and Lake Oswego as well as other counties such as Clackamas County and Washington County issue their own permits.

To view a complete list of permits applied for on a property since January 2000, please use our Permit Search tool. To obtain information on permits applied for prior to January 2000, please visit the Development Services Center.