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Beginning May 1, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services Residential Inspections is launching an online customer inspection notification system that will replace daily telephone calls residential inspectors currently make informing customers of their two hour inspection window. This change is an effort to enhance efficiencies, streamline processes and increase the number of daily inspections performed.
Residential Inspection customers will:
The online posting of daily two-hour inspection windows will increase access to important information that tenants, homeowners and contractors need to schedule their day around building permit inspections. It is estimated that this change will save each of the approximately 20 Inspectors one hour a day in time currently being spent making telephone calls, which will allow each inspector to perform an additional four inspections a day.
No online access? Customers without online access can call the Residential Inspections support staff after 8:15 AM at 503-823-7388.
Scheduling an Inspection? All other residential inspection processes for scheduling a Residential Permit Inspection remain the same:
This change does not impact the Bureau’s Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) program or Commercial inspections.
On February 12, 2015, Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 24, Building Regulations, eliminating demolition delay exemptions, increasing public notification for residential demolitions, and revising the rules for appealing the issuance of a residential demolition permit. The Code changes also created a new Major Residential Alterations and Additions (MRAA) permit category that requires advanced neighborhood notification. Along with implementation of these Code changes, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will require the applicants of these two permit types to submit a Self-Certification form that states they are in compliance with regulations governing asbestos and lead-based paint. These changes go into effect April 20, 2015.
A document summarizing the changes to projects in the MRAA permit category was published by BDS on March 12, 2015. More information on the changes can be found on the BDS Major Residential Alteration and Addition webpage and by viewing Ordinance 187017.
A summary of the changes to single family residential demolition permitting that go into effect April 20, 2015;
In addition to notification and delay changes, the process to request an extension of the 35 day delay period will change:
For information on notification and appeal requirements, downloadable Door Hangers, Self-Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form, and the Delay Appeal form, visit the Residential Permits Demolition webpage. You can also visit the Development Services Center or call 503-823-7300.
On February 12, 2015, Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 24, Building Regulations, eliminating demolition delay exemptions and increasing public notification and delay for residential demolitions. The Code changes also create a new Major Residential Alterations and Additions (MRAA) permit category that requires advanced notification. In addition, the bureau is requiring applicants to complete a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form and submit prior to issuance of a MRAA permit.
These changes go into effect April 20, 2015.
This document summarizes the new 35-day delay and notification requirements for residential projects that fall within the MRAA permit category. More information on the changes can be found on the BDS Major Residential Alteration and Addition webpage and by viewing Ordinance 187017.
Permitting of all projects within the new MRAA permit category will require a 35-day delay in issuing the permit from the time properties are posted with door hangers and email notification is provided to the recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site. These notification requirements can be initiated and completed prior to a permit application being submitted for review.
Major alteration or addition is defined as any of the following:
Construction industry professionals and homeowners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the definition above, so that they can meet the mandatory notification requirements for projects that fall into the MRAA permit category. It is strongly recommended that, if the project will fall within 10% of any of the thresholds defined above, the neighborhood notification process be voluntarily enacted to minimize neighbor’s concerns about the scope and size of the projects and avoid additional delays.
Notification requirements for major alteration/addition projects include two main components:
Compliance with these notification requirements is required to be documented by the owner or owner’s representative using the Neighborhood Notification form. The form is required to be submitted to BDS prior to the issuance of a permit. Please visit the Major Residential Alteration or Addition webpage for specific notification requirements and forms.
For information on notification requirements, the Neighborhood Notification form, and downloadable door hanger, visit BDS Major Residential Alteration or Addition webpage. You can also visit the Development Services Center or call 503-823-7300.
Effective February 13, 2015 the Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) regulations will be extended to include residents of apartment and condo buildings who want to rent bedrooms to outside guests for less than 30 days. The ASTR regulations and permitting process were previously granted to residents of 1 & 2 dwelling structures on August 30, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) implements the City’s regulations on ASTR and has developed a comprehensive webpage on the permitting process. All Accessory Short Term Rental applications are now required to be notarized.
The new allowances are explained on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage.
Residents located in a structure with 3 units or more can use the multi-dwelling structure application process. Some highlights of the process are:
Permit fees are as follows through June 30, 2015:
Detailed information and permitting forms are available on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage. Information is also available in the Development Service Center.
In order to avoid wait times, customers are strongly encouraged to mail complete applications with check payment to BDS (address for mailing is on the application). Customers needing to submit complete applications with credit card or cash payment will need to visit the Development Services Center during regular business hours.
Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.
The Bureau of Development Services offices will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Observance of Presidents’ Day.
Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781