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BDS Customer Survey Now Online

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services


BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service. The survey is now online at and is open to all through September 15th, 2014. It is also available via the BDS website at We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Please forward this information to others who might want to participate.

Upon receiving input and feedback, the bureau will analyze and implement necessary changes and improvements to our services and programs, where possible. Other approaches to our customer service improvement program include reaching out directly to recent permit and land use applicants, as well as providing easy ways for customers to give confidential feedback at any time.

If you would like to join the BDS e-mailing list to receive our bi-monthly newsletter, The Plans Examiner, and other BDS public notices please subscribe via the BDS website at

No internet access or need language translation? Contact Greg Supriano at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov or 503-823-7351.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact Greg Supriano, Program Specialist, by phone at 503-823-7351 or by email at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov. TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711. 

New Code Interpretation for Smoke Protection at Elevator Hoist Way Openings in Residential Corridors by State of Oregon Building Codes Division

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services


August 11, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing this update to our customers regarding a new code interpretation issued by the State of Oregon Building Codes Division, (BCD) on July 3, 2014. This code interpretation clarifies the requirements for protection of elevator hoist way openings into fire rated corridors. The new interpretation makes it clear that smoke protection is required at these openings. In conformance with the new BCD code interpretation, BDS will now be requiring that elevator doors that open into a fire rated corridor be equipped with smoke protection, such as a smoke curtain or additional swinging hoist way door, in accordance with this interpretation.

For more detailed information refer to Oregon State Building Code, 2014 OSSC Section 701.2 Multiple use fire assemblies which are determined by the State to be applicable to the 2010 OSSC.


Media Advisory: The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Design Commission

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

August 7, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.

The Design Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in the Central City Plan District and the Gateway Regional Center. The Commission also reviews appeals of smaller scale proposals and alterations to existing structures in design-overlay zones throughout the City. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, during normal business hours. Please note: due to the busy development period the City is experiencing, Commission hearings often extend into evening hours, as well as extra hearing dates needing to be scheduled.  Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.

Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a representative of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, one person representing the public at-large, and five members experienced in either design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development. No more than two members may be appointed from any one of these areas of expertise.

Currently, one position is coming available and falls within the “design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as early as October 1, 2014, but no later than December 31, 2014.

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. Applications should be submitted by September 15, 2014.

For more information about the Design Commission you may contact Tim Heron with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or

Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at

Cedar Tree at 6208 NE 22nd Avenue

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

The Bureau of Development Services has had many inquiries about the removal of a large cedar tree near the north property line of 6208 NE 22nd Avenue. The following permits and land use actions are in process for this site:

14-175854 PR: is a Lot Confirmation that is under review. The applicant proposes to confirm Lot 35, which is one of the originally platted lots in Block 9, Irvington Park subdivision. When the Lot Confirmation is completed, Lot 35 will be a separate building site that is eligible for new development. 

14-186399 RS: is a building permit under review for a new single family residence that will be located on Lot 35 when the Lot Confirmation process has been completed. The cedar tree is proposed for removal to make room on this lot for the new home.

14-185369 RS, Rev 01: is a demolition permit that has been issued to remove the detached garage from the site. The cedar tree will also be removed as part of the work approved in this demolition permit. 

There are no current City regulations that prevent the removal of the tree in this circumstance, and no tree cutting permit is required since the tree removal is shown on the approved demolition plan. 

The tree is not a “Heritage Tree,” which is a program designed to protect trees that have been designated as significant through a process administered by the Urban Forestry Division of Portland Parks. More information about the Heritage Tree program can be found at:

For more information, please contact Jill Grenda, Supervising Planner at 503-823-3580 or

Accessory Short-term Rentals - City Council Adopts New Regulations

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

July 30, 2014 the Portland City Council unanimously adopted new regulations to the City's Zoning Code providing a new permitting process for short-term rentals of one or two bedrooms within a single family home. A summary of the Zoning Code amendments, and detailed information about the new rules going into effect on August 29, 2014, can be viewed in the Bureau of Planning and Stainability’s Summary of RICAP 6 Accessory Short-term Rentals Proposed Regulations document and Accessory Short-term Rentals Code Amendment Package

The Bureau of Development Services is responsible for administration of the City’s Zoning Code and is currently finalizing the permitting processes and public information for the new rules. A webpage with information on the Accessory Short Term Rental Program will be available within the next three weeks. If you have any questions about the implementation of the new Accessory Short Term Rental Program or rules, please contact the Bureau of Development Services Public Information Officer, Ross Caron, at 503-823-4268 or