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Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

January 20, 2016. The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Residential Combination Building Permit allows the combination of proposed structural/building work and associated Trade work (electrical, plumbing, mechanical) be combined into one permit application. Currently, subcontractor information for Trade work is not required at the time of Residential Combination Permit application, and is allowed to be added after the permit is issued. Adding subcontractor information after a permit is issued often causes confusion for BDS staff, applicants, contractors, and homeowners that results in lost time and delay in the permit inspection process.

Effective February 1, 2016, the following changes will be implemented to make the Residential Combination Building Permit application and inspection process more efficient:

                 • Applications for Residential Combination Building Permits are required to include completed 
                   Trade permit applications with sub-contractor information and required signatures

                 • If Residential Building Permit applications do not have completed Trade permit
                   applications at the time of submittal, Trade permits must be applied for separately

                We understand that this change will cause some level of inconvenience in the short-term and
                appreciate your understanding and patience during this transition phase. In the long-term, it will 
                allow the City and customers to operate more efficiently and reduce unneeded delays to the
                inspection process. 

Benefits of Residential Combination Building Permits
We strongly encourage permit applicants for residential projects to comply with the above requirements, so that they can realize the benefit of the Residential Combination Permit. The three primary benefits are: 

                  • Ability to use one IVR (permit) # to call for ALL inspections
                  • Ability to pay for ALL permits at one time
                  • Streamlines the permitting and inspection process

Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3622.

FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Clients
This change does not affect the FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Program’s permit and inspection processes. Please contact your FIR Inspector with any questions.

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

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016

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.

BDS Service Level Update

  Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016


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, January 18, 2016 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

BDS Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule

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 our upcoming Holiday closure schedule.

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
BDS Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule

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 our upcoming Holiday closure schedule.

  • Monday December 14, 2015 (DELAYED OPENING - Yearly Bureau-wide Family Gathering Event)
    1st and 2nd Floors -  open at 9:00 a.m.
    5th Floor Reception -  open at 9:00 a.m.

  • Thursday December 24, 2015 
    Development Service Center 1st floor closed
    Permitting Services Office 2nd floor closed
    All other Bureau of Development Services Offices will be open for regular business and requested daily inspections will be performed

  • Friday December 25, 2015 (Christmas Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed 

  • Thursday December 31, 2015
    Development Service Center 1st floor closed
    Permitting Services Office 2nd floor closed
    All other Bureau of Development Services Offices will be open for regular business and requested daily inspections will be performed

  • Friday January 1, 2016 (New Year’s Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

Holiday Closure: Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Holiday Closure: Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015

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, September 7, 2015 in Observance of Labor Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

Updated: Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option and Changes to the BDS Online Permitting System

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option and
Changes to the BDS Online Permitting System

Updated September 10, 2015. The City of Portland is currently responding to a Payment Card Industry (PCI) audit. In an effort to mitigate issues identified in the audit findings, some Bureau customers will experience an interruption to services that involve credit card payments. As part of these efforts, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is working with its credit card payment vendor to improve the security features of our system, protect our customer’s personal and financial information, and reach compliance for future PCI Audits. This work will temporarily impact the ability to pay for additional inspections using the Interactive Voice Request (IVR) system and Building Code Appeals. 

Updated: This work will also impact the Bureau’s online permitting system for simple trade permits. The system will be unavailable on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM while upgrades to the system are in progress. 

Starting September 1, 2015: 

Updated: Starting September 4, 2015

  • On Friday, September 4, 2015, the BDS Permits Online webpage received upgrades that enhanced security and brought it into compliance with PCI standards. Because of this, the system will not save your credit card information – you will have to enter it with each transaction.
  • Minor additional changes to the webpage are described on the home page for BDS Permits Online.

Improvement to our credit card payment system is scheduled to be completed in January 2016. BDS will then resume payment features through the IVR system.
 
While these services are not available:

  • Customers who have requested the allotted number of inspections for their permit and need to purchase additional ones must call 503-823-9291 to arrange purchase of the additional inspections. After making these arrangements, payment must be made in the BDS offices at the Development Service Center (DSC) or by mailing a check in to BDS Offices. To call for hours of operation of the DSC phone 503-823-7310, and select option 1. Customers will not be able to pay for additional inspections using the IVR system
     
  • Building Code Appeal Fees can be paid by mailing a check to the BDS offices at the address listed on the form, or accepted at the 5th floor reception area at 1900 SW 4th Avenue. If paying in person, a check can be dropped off between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. If payment is to be made by credit card, please visit during the Development Services Center hours of operation. Please see the Building Code Appeal webpage for details. 

BDS recognizes our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, and apologize for any inconvenience this temporary change in service creates. For more information contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4268.