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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option

August 28, 2015. The City of Portland is currently responding to a Payment Card Industry (PCI) audit. In efforts to mitigate issues identified in the audit findings, some Bureau customers will experience an interruption to the 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. 

Starting September 1, 2015: 

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 8am to 5pm. 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.

Wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC)

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC)

BDS is experiencing an overall increase in customer traffic in the DSC of 15% to 25% on a weekly basis from levels of a year ago.

This continued heavy volume of permitting activity is currently peaking on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is resulting in longer than usual wait times to see all plan review staff on those days.

Customers may experience reduced wait times by arriving early in the day on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please consider this as you plan your next visit to the DSC.

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

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Holiday Closure Friday, July 3, 2015: Observance of Independence Day

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Holiday Closure Friday, July 3, 2015: Observance of Independence Day

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 and Interagency Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day, July 4, 2015

The Development Services Center (DSC) and Permitting Services hours are below. The DSC doors open at 7:30 AM for permit set-up.

Monday (June 29)        8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday (June 30)       8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday (July 1)     8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday (July 2)       8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday (July 3)              closed

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) are available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781 seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Due to the holiday there may be a higher than normal volume of permitting customers and inspection requests on Monday, July 6. BDS thanks you in advance for your patience.

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

Residential Inspections Posting Daily Inspection Schedules Online, Increasing Inspection Efficiencies

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Residential Inspections Posting Daily Inspection Schedules Online,
Increasing Inspection Efficiencies

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:

  • Customers will call the automated Inspection Request (IVR) line 503-823-7000 and enter the code associated with the requested inspection.
  • Customers will have the ability to leave instructions regarding lockbox codes, plan locations and the location of the sign off card in a voicemail when scheduling for inspection through the automated Inspection Request (IVR) phone line at 503-823-7000.

This change does not impact the Bureau’s Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) program or Commercial inspections.  

Effective April 20, 2015 - Changes to Residential Demolition Notification, Delay, and Appeal Requirements and New Certification Form for Asbestos and Lead-Based Paints

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Service Level Update: 
Effective April 20, 2015 - Changes to Residential Demolition Notification, Delay, and Appeal Requirements and New Certification Form for Asbestos and Lead-Based Paints

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;

  • Permitting of all residential demolitions will require a 35-day delay in issuing the permit, the “one for one” [one single family structure to replace one demolished single family structure] exemption has been eliminated. 
  • Applicants must complete a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint and provide this form to BDS prior to issuance of the permit. 
  • Applicants will be required to place door hangers on adjacent properties 5 days before demolition activity is expected to commence.
  • BDS will mail notification of the demolition permit to addresses within 150 feet of the property.
  • BDS will mail notification to the recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site.  
  • The site of the demolition will no longer be required to post a sign regarding the demolition permit during the 35 day delay period.

In addition to notification and delay changes, the process to request an extension of the 35 day delay period will change:

  1. Any interested party may file an appeal of the demolition permit and request an extension of the delay period for a maximum of an additional 60 days
  2. The appeal to extend the delay will be heard by the City of Portland Code Hearings Officer, part of the Auditor’s Office, through a quasi-judicial process.  
  3. A completed Residential Demolition Permit Appeal Application form and fee along with documentation addressing specific criteria must be received by BDS prior to 4:30 pm on the 35th day of the demolition delay.

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.