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Lunch & Learn: Residential Demolitions and Major Residential Alterations/Additions

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

April 30, 2015

BUREAU ANNOUNCEMENT

Please join the Bureau of Development Services for a Lunch and Learn presentation and discussion. This session will include:

  • BDS Lunch & LearnOverview of code changes to the residential demolition delay and notification requirements and the new Major Residential Alteration and Addition Permit (MRAA)
  • How to distinguish between Major Residential Alterations/Additions and Demolitions
  • What you need to know to file a successful appeal

Join Us! Bring your lunch and sit in on this free seminar.

Date & Time: Friday, May 8, 2015
                      12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Location: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
                 2nd floor conference room 2500A

Sponsored by the Bureau of Development Services.

If you have questions contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

View the flyer in PDF.

Demolition Task Force Recommendations Go-live April 20, 2015

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

April 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

On February 12, 2015, the Portland City Council adopted Demolition Task Force recommendations in response to community requests for increased notification to abutting residences prior to commencement of residential demolitions and large remodel projects. These changes to Portland City Code Title 24, Building Regulations, that are effective April 20, 2015, will expand notification and delay requirements for residential demolition permits and create a new Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit type with notification and delay requirements. In addition, applicants will be required to submit a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form for these types of projects prior to permit issuance.

Effective Monday, April 20, 2015: All Residential Demolition Permits will require:

  • Mandatory 35-day delay prior to permit issuance, with a possible 60-day extension through an appeal process. 
  • The City will mail a notice to all properties within 150 feet of the project site and to recognized organizations, Architectural Heritage Center and Restore Oregon at the beginning of the 35-day delay period.
  • Door hangers will be posted by property owner or representative on abutting homes at least 5 days prior to demolition.
  • New Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Form will be completed by the applicant and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance. 

Please see the Changes to Residential Demolition Notification, Delay, and Appeal Requirements Service Level Update for more information. Detailed information on the application and implementation of the residential demolition permit changes will be available on the BDS website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Effective Monday, April 20, 2015: Permit applications falling into the New MRAA (Major Residential Alteration and Addition) Building Permit Category will require:

  • Notice to be emailed to recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site by the property owner 35 days prior to permit application issuance.
  • Door hangers to be posted by property owner or representative on abutting homes 35 days prior to permit application issuance.
  • New Neighborhood Notification form to be completed and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance.
  • New Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Form be completed and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance. 

Please see the MRAA Permits: New Permit Category with Notification and Delay Requirements Service Level Update for detailed information on this new permit category and requirements.

“Council’s adoption of the Demolition Task Force’s recommendations was the outcome of an inclusive and thoughtful process that engaged stakeholders from the community and the construction industry,” stated Amanda Fritz, Commissioner in Charge of BDS. “I thank the community and industry volunteers, and the BDS and City staff, who were on the Task Force.” BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett added, “The new requirements provide increased notification to neighbors, while maintaining predictability in the permitting process for permit applicants and construction contractors.

Demolition Task Force Background. On July 31, 2014, the Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Development Services to convene a Demolition Task Force to address the concerns related to City Code provisions regulating demolition of one and two family homes. The Demolition Task Force was made up of members from the Bureau’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC), the Historic Landmarks Commission, the Design Commission and City staff. Members of various neighborhood association and other interested members of the public were also involved.

BDS Lunch and Learn: Demolition and MRAA Permit Notification and Delay Changes. Mark your calendars. On Friday, May 8, 2015, at 12:00 PM the Bureau will be hosting a one-hour information session on these new code changes and processes. The Lunch and Learn will be held on the second floor of the 1900 Building at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A (directly above the Development Services Center).  Further notification on this event will be provided.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services please visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.

Collection of School Construction Excise Tax for Centennial School District Starting April 1, 2015

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

March 24, 2015

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

Effective April 1, 2015, all building permits applied for within the boundaries of the Centennial School District within the City of Portland will be assessed a School Construction Excise Tax (CET) at the time of building permit issuance. The tax is assessed per square foot on structures or portions of structures intended for residential or nonresidential use.

The following CET rates will apply to building permits within the Centennial School District applied for on or after April 1, 2015:

  • Residential Construction - $1.17 per sq. ft.
  • Non-residential Construction - $0.58 per sq. ft.
  • Maximum for Non-residential Construction - $29,200

Information about the CET
A law (Senate Bill 1036) was enacted by Oregon State Legislature in 2007 to help Oregon school districts pay for a portion of the cost of new or expanded school facilities. The bill allows school boards, in cooperation with cities and counties, to tax new residential and non-residential development. For more information on the CET, please see the Bureau’s School Construction Excise Tax (CET) Facts sheet. 

Centennial School District CET Boundaries with-in City of PortlandCentennial School District CET Boundaries with-in City of Portland

Major Residential Alteration and Addition Permits: New Permit Category with Notification and Delay Requirements

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

March 12, 2015

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

In response to community requests for notification when large remodels, addition and alterations occur to existing homes, Portland City Council has approved changes to Title 24, Portland Building Regulations, establishing a new Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit category. MRAA permit applications will require a 35-day notice to specific recognized neighborhood organizations and to surrounding neighbors prior to permit issuance. Creation of this new permit type is related to additional changes to residential demolition delay provisions in City Code section 24.55.200 that will go into effect April 20, 2015. BDS will provide more information on the Demolition Delay and Notification changes at the beginning of April 2015. 

The Bureau of Development Services is providing the following advance notification to the community and potential applicants with projects that fall into the new MRAA permit category:

  • Effective April 20, 2015, all single-dwelling residential permit applications that meet the new MRAA permit category definition will require notification to recognized neighborhood organizations and neighbors 35 days before the permit will be issued.
     
  • Notification can be provided prior to applying for permits that fall within the new MRAA permit category. In order to avoid delay in the issuance of permits in the MRAA category, notification to relevant neighborhood organization and neighbors will need to be provided prior to the effective date.
     
  • For example, if you have a project that falls into the MRAA permit category, and apply for the permit on or after April 20, 2015, neighborhood notification is required. Your permit will not be issued until notification is complete and a 35 day delay period has passed. Therefore, if you want to start your project on April 20, 2015, you will need to provide neighborhood notification no later than March 16, 2015.
     
  • The new MRAA Webpage and Service Level Update provide detailed information on the defining characteristics of the new permit type; details on notification requirements; a link to the Neighborhood Notification form, which is required to be submitted with building permit application; and other information on these new changes and requirements.

For questions please visit the Development Services Center at 1900 SW 4th Ave., or call our general telephone line at 503-823-7300.

Proposed Revisions to City of Portland’s Title 24.85 "Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings"

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

The City of Portland is proposing to revise Title 24.85 Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings. In December 2014, Bureau of Development Services, City of Portland, requested comments and feedback on the proposed changes from interested parties. The comments submitted in response to this request were considered by the City’s Structural Advisory Board in February 2015.

The recommendations of the Structural Advisory Board to the proposed changes and the comments along with the revised proposal may be viewed by clicking on the links provided below.

The Bureau of Development Services is interested in getting your feedback on the revised proposed changes. Since comments to original proposal were due and submitted by December 31, 2014, we request that new comments be limited to recommendations of the Structural Advisory Board and resolution of previous comments submitted. Please email your comments to amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov by March 27, 2015.