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Noise Review Board - Announcement of a Board Opening


Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board currently has a position the City is looking to fill. One seat is open for a “Citizen at Large” community representative on the board.

The Board is comprised of five members including: three citizen at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Appointments to the volunteer Noise Review Board are made for a three-year period.

The Noise Review Board normally meets once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month. The Board is charged with making decisions on Noise Variances for projects that range from nighttime construction projects to large outdoor concerts. The Board also works to develop long term objectives for achieving reduction of sound levels in the community.

If you have further questions regarding the Noise Review Board, contact the City’s Noise Control Officer, Paul van Orden at (503) 823-5829.

Interested parties are encouraged to file an official application for the City of Portland Noise Review Board and attend a Noise Review Board meeting (next scheduled meeting is February 8th, 2012 at 6 PM). Applications can be acquired from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Completed applications should be filed by no later than Friday February 15, 2012.

For applications please go to:

For more information, contact Kathy Couch at (503) 823-3991 or

"How to Buy Simple Trade Permits Online" Lunch & Learn event

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Lunch & Learn

The Bureau of Development Services is holding a free "How to Buy Simple Trade Permits Online"  Lunch & Learn event on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the 1900 Building
This Lunch & Learn is designed for both contractors and homeowners and we encourage anyone interested to bring their lunch and join us.
Simple trade permits – electrical, plumbing and mechanical – can be applied for and issued immediately 24 hours a day through the City of Portland online permitting system. 
This hour long event will provide an overview of how to use the system and provide time for attendee questions.  Staff will also be available to provide hands on computer assistance to attendees in the BDS computer training lab after the presentation.
The class will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A. [Google Map]
Interested, but can’t make this Lunch and Learn?  Visit the Online Permitting webpage where you can find a step-by-step manual on how to apply for simple trade permits online.

Land Use Review Extension Project II

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design reviewThe Portland Zoning Code contains regulations that specify when land use approvals and related actions expire. Because of the condition of the economy, many who have received land use approvals or other land use actions have found it difficult to proceed within the timelines set out in the Zoning Code.

In 2009, City Council extended the expiration dates with the expectation that the economy would recover by this year. Because Oregon's economy is still down, this project proposes to extend the expiration dates to mid-2014. For more information, visit


Bureau of Development Services Online Fee Estimator Effective October 1, 2012


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November 1, 2012


Contact: Bureau of Development Services On-Line Permit and Fee Estimator  Questions | 503.823.7420

November 1, 2012. On October 1st the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) was proud to announce a new Online Fee Estimator tool. This tool is in response to requests from customers and employees over the past several years to create a system to estimate permit fees and system development charges (SDC) associated with development projects. The Online Fee Estimator was developed in conjunction with the infrastructure bureaus to assist all customers in this regard.

This new resource allows our customers the ability to generate and review potential fees and charges related to their development in a timely and predictable manner. It is aimed at saving customers time and providing immediate access to this level of information that was not previously available in this way.

To explore this exciting new feature choose "Online Fee Estimator" from the BDS Homepage,