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

BDS Service Level Update

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

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. 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: 

  • Adding any new story, including a basement or other below-grade structure. Raising a structure to meet the required headroom in a basement is considered the same as creating a basement;
  • Increasing or replacing 50 percent or more of the exterior wall area on any floor. If the subflooring under an exterior wall is removed, it will be treated as if the wall was removed;
  • Adding total new floor area to the existing structure that exceeds 800 square feet; or
  • Adding an area exceeding 100 percent of the existing foundation footprint area of the structure.

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:

  1. Emailed notice to the recognized organizations (Neighborhood Association and District Coalition) whose boundaries include the site; and
  2. Notice must be posted (by using door hangers provided by BDS) on all properties abutting the site, including across a right of way. [See diagram] Please note that you may download and print the door hangers from your computer, if you prefer. We recommend printing them on card stock.

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.

Expansion of the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Expansion of the Bureau of Development Services Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

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:

  • Resident must obtain property owner’s written permission,
  • Notification is provided to adjacent residences/neighborhood association/building manager,
  • Number of ASTR operations in a structure is limited to a maximum of 25% of the total number of units in a structure, and
  • Business License requirements remain the same.

Permit fees are as follows through June 30, 2015:

  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a 1&2 dwelling structure is $178.00.
  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a multi-dwelling (3 or more unit) structure is $100.00.

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.

Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 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, 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

 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 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, January 19, 2015 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.

Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

Effective January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks & Recreation (UF/PP&R) will start implementation of the City’s new Tree Regulations contained in Title 11 Trees (Tree Code). All building permit applications submitted to BDS will be reviewed for compliance with the new Tree Code, Title 11, requirements. The Tree Code also applies to non-development related tree planting/pruning/and removal on private property and in the public right of way planting strips. The Tree Code is the outcome of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project approved by City Council in April, 2011, and funded in the FY 2014/2015 budget.
 
Also effective January 2, 2015, all services currently provided by Urban Forestry at East Delta Park (10910 N Denver Avenue) will be moved to the Development Services Center (Permit Center) at the 1900 Building located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue in an effort to make the City’s permitting process more convenient and streamlined for customers. 
 
More information on the Tree Code can be found by following the links below, or attending one of the BDS customer trainings listed below:

City Tree Program and Regulation Training Dates

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
Wednesday
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Wednesday
January 14, 2015
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants

These are the final 2 trainings on the Tree Code (Title 11) that will go into effect January 2, 2015. Please RSVP so that we can ensure plenty of seating and hand-out materials. To RSVP contact Lauren Wirtis at Lauren.Wirtis@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-7538.

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 (503) 823-3810, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.