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TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Permit Center Expands Business Hours For All Services

7/11/13

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Permit Center Expands Business Hours For All Services

Effective July 9, 2013, BDS will expand "All services, All day" to include Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Along with a new routing system for Customers with "Questions only", visitors to the Permit Center should travel a more efficient and effective pathway to meet with staff.

On Fridays, permit related work remains the focus from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with general questions being addressed later in the day.

 

      Development Services Center Hours and Services
DSC Services Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Building permit submittal
Building Permit review
Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 12 Noon
New One & Two Family permit intake Closed 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM  
General Life Safety & Zoning questions   Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
BDS Interagency partner services –
Water, Transportation, BES
Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Additional Development Services Hours for New Single Family Applications

05/13/13

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Additional Development Services Hours for New Single Family Applications 

Application submittal for New Single Family Residences (NSFR) will be expanding from Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Applications will be screened and permits set up for those with complete submittal documents for the construction of new 1 and 2 Family Dwellings, new Accessory Dwelling Units, and to place manufactured or modular homes on individual lots. Please arrive in the Development Services Center (DSC) between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM with a completed NSFR Application Packet.

NSFR application drop off is also available in Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of the 1900 SW Fourth Building. Hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.

The current hours for the DSC hours will remain in effect. See the DSC Hours & Services table below for additional information. 

      Development Services Center Hours and Services

DSC Services Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Building permit submittal
Building Permit review
Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 12 Noon 8:00 AM to 12 Noon 8:00 AM to 12 Noon
New One & Two Family permit intake Closed 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM  
General Life Safety & Zoning questions   Closed 12 Noon to 3:00 PM 12 Noon to 3:00 PM 12 Noon to 3:00 PM 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
BDS Interagency partner services –
Water, Transportation, BES
Closed 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

System Development Charges for Accessory Dwelling Units Temporarily Suspended

03/15/13

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Service Level Update for Accessory Dwelling Unites (ADU)

This is an update to confirm a resolution was passed by City Council in November 2012 that extended the waiver of System Development Charges (SDC) for new ADU's. The resolution directed all affected bureaus to extend the current temporary suspension of System Development Charges (SDC) for new ADUs or the conversion of structures to ADU units until July 31, 2016. The goal of this action is to create incentives for the development of ADUs.

The affected bureaus are Water, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Services and Transportation. Please note that the Bureau of Development Services is responsible for the development review process, but does not assess SDC fees. All other non-SDC development related fees are due at time of permit issuance. Questions about SDC’s should be directed to the individual Bureaus (Water, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Services, and Transportation).

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are defined by the Portland Zoning code as a second dwelling unit created on a lot with a house, attached house or manufactured home. The second unit is created auxiliary to, and is smaller than, the house, attached house (rowhouse) or manufactured house.

Proposals to build detached ADUs are reviewed through the New Single Family Review process. View the application package and process.

Permits to convert existing living space to an accessory dwelling unit are applied for in the Development Services Center (DSC), about the Minimum Submittal Requirements for an ADU:

The Bureau of Development Services has a Program Guide available that explains what constitutes an Accessory Dwelling Unit and how to permit one on your property

Review a general summary of System Development Charge information. Please note that SDC fees are typically revised every July 1.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services and Resource Records Manager, at (503) 823-3622.

Inspection Limitations - Effective January 22, 2013

01/04/13

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Service Level Update for Inspection Limitations

Effective January 22, 2013 the Bureau of Development Services will begin limiting the number of inspections on building and site development permits issued on or after January, 22 2013. What does this mean for me?

Based on the valuation of the permitted work, permits issued on or after January 22, 2013 will have a limited amount of inspections allowed. If additional inspections are still needed to complete your project you can purchase them directly through the City IVR system, the same system used to request inspections.

This change will be applicable to the following permit types:       

  • Commercial Building Permit (CO), including phased permits   
  • Residential One and Two Family Permit (RS) (for building inspections)
  • Site Development Permits (SD) 

Number of “included/allowable” inspections:

 

Permit Valuation

Included/Allowable Inspections

from

 $           0.01

to

 $       500.00

2

 

 $       500.01

 

 $    2,000.00

3

 

 $    2,000.01

 

 $  25,000.00

5

 

 $  25,000.01

 

 $  50,000.00

6

 

 $  50,000.01

 

 $100,000.00

7

 

 $100,000.01

 

 

Inspections made as needed for the job

 

If your project exceeds the “Included/Allowable Inspections” you will be required to pay an inspection fee for each additional inspection. Typical re-inspection fees are $97.00 plus 12% state surcharge ($108.64 total).

Inspection Process Attempt Results that count towards Inspection Limitation site visits:

  • Approved
  • Approved with Corrections
  • Consultation Completed              
  • Partially Approved
  • Not Approved
  • Not Approved-No Access
  • Not Approved-No Permit Card
  • Not Approved-No Plans
  • Not Approved-Not Ready
  • Not Approved-See Correction Note
  • Not Approved-Stop Work Order
  • Not Approved-Subcontractor Information Missing

Inspection Process Attempt Results that do not count towards Inspection Limitation site visits:

  • Rollover/Missed
  • Not Approved – Could Not Find
  • Not Approved – Cancelled by Customer
  • Not Approved-Fees Owed 
  • Requested in Error
  • Posted in Error

Please Note: Facility Permit Program (FPP) and Field Issuance Remodel Program (FIR) permits are not included in the Inspection Limitations and bill payment for FPP and FIR is not available via the IVR system.

Please call Residential Inspection at 503-823-7388 if you have questions about these limitations.

Sanitary and Stormwater Facilities for Land Divisions for Attached Houses

11/09/12

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Service Level Update for Sanitary and Stormwater Facilities
for Land Divisions for Attached Houses

Effective immediately, for all land divisions for attached houses, separate sanitary and stormwater systems will be required for each lot, and no portion of the system for an individual lot may be located on any other lot. (Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (“Plumbing Code”) § 308.1.) For shared systems to be approved, applicants must seek approval, through the plumbing code appeals process, and meet the requirements for a modification or exemption from the Plumbing Code. These requirements include demonstrating that:

  1. unique circumstances exist that make strict compliance with the requirements of the Plumbing Code impractical;
  2. the proposed modifications comply with the intent of the Plumbing Code; and
  3. the proposed modifications provide an equivalent level of quality, effectiveness and safety. Applicants will be notified of the requirement to appeal requests for a shared system in response to Land Use Review (LUR) notices.

Historically, many applicants for land divisions for multiple attached house projects have proposed systems in which sanitary sewer and stormwater are collected through a common system and disposed to a public facility through a single shared connection. The Plumbing Code requires that each property be able to connect directly to the public system such that no portion of the plumbing, drainage or sewer system for that property is located on any other property. (Plumbing Code § 308.1.)

Effective immediately, the following apply:

  • New proposals that have not been through Early Assistance (EA) meetings or Pre-Application Conferences. All new proposals must comply with the Plumbing Code requirement that all plumbing, drainage and sewer systems are located solely on individual properties. Any deviations from this requirement must be approved through the Plumbing Code appeal process. Through the Plumbing Code appeal process, applicants must: demonstrate that it is impractical to individually connect each residential unit to the public facility without crossing other properties; specify the conditions that are unique to the project and not encountered on the majority of the developable properties in the jurisdiction; and offer an alternative design that facilitates maintenance, access and service to the systems. All required plumbing appeals must be approved (whether administratively or by the Plumbing Code Board of Appeals) before the preliminary plat approval is issued. The applicant must provide an extension for the land use review if the Plumbing Code appeal takes additional time.
  • New proposals that have been through Early Assistance (EA) meetings or Pre-Application Conferences. Regardless of prior statements by City staff at the EA or Pre-Application Conference, the same standard described above for new proposals will apply.
  • Proposals that have been formally submitted but where a decision has not been rendered.  Preliminary plats that were submitted with shared systems that cross property lines that are being reviewed but where a decision has not been rendered will be returned to the applicant for submittal of an appeal, if one has not yet been submitted. Once the information in the appeal packet is complete, a decision will be rendered at the earliest possible convenience of the appeal board.
  • Proposals being reviewed through the final plat (FP) process. FPs will be processed consistent with what was approved during the preliminary plat review process. Appeals will not be retroactively required and any shared system previously approved will not be reconsidered or reexamined.

The LUS Division planner will rely upon the responses from BES and the Plumbing Division on the types of sanitary and stormwater disposal systems that are acceptable.

Additional information on plumbing code appeals can be found at the following link:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/34196