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BDS Service Updates

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

New Longer Development Services Operation Hours & New Single Family Residence Application Times

7/12/12

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Service Level Update Document:
New Longer Development Services Operation Hours &
New Single Family Residence Application Times

July 12, 2012. To streamline the permit intake processes and reduce DSC wait times for all customers visiting the Development Services Center (DSC) the changes listed below will be implemented. The DSC is located at 1900 SW 4th Ave., opens at 7:30 A.M., Tuesday through Friday, for building permit set-up, see bullet points and table below for details about services available. General customer inquiries are addressed from noon until 3:00 PM. All additional DSC services are available from 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 PM. 

Effective July 31st, 2012:

  • The Development Services Center will expand the Tuesday hours for processing building, site development, and zoning permits from 7:30 A.M. UNTIL 3:00 P.M.  Permit Processing will continue Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. until 12 Noon.  

  • The DSC will open at 7:30 A.M. for permit set-up and customers are able to access all other DSC services beginning at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday through Friday, including the cashier, trade permits, resource records, land use review submittals, plan review and intake of permit applications.
  • New Single Family Residence (NSFR) Permit set-up hours will only be conducted Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Complete applications will be screened and permits set up for applications to construct new 1 and 2 Family Dwellings, construct new Accessory Dwelling Units, and place manufactured homes on individual lots. Applicants will continue to schedule appointments to attend initial plan review with Life Safety and Planning at the time of permit intake on Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons.

  • On Tuesday afternoons from 12 noon to 3:00 P.M., general inquiries regarding Life Safety and Planning and Zoning will be addressed in chronological order, along with customers who are processing their building, site development, and zoning permits. 

No changes are proposed to the following services provided in the DSC:

  • Trade, Sign and A-Board permits and Records Request remain available at the Trade Permit / Resource Records Counter between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
  • Services provided by BDS Interagency partners co-located in the DSC will continue to be provided between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. (Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Water Bureau).

To obtain detailed information on the major changes that have occurred at BDS over the past year please visit the BDS Website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and click on "Service Level Updates."

 

Development Services Center Service Provided 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

n/a

1:00 to 3:00 PM

1:00 to

3:00 PM

n/a

New One & Two Family permit appt

Closed

n/a

n/a

1:00 to

3:00 PM

n/a

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

 

Submitting Plans before July 1, 2012

6/5/12

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Service Level Update:

Submitting Plans before July 1, 2012

As we come to the close of the current fiscal year, and an anticipated increase in fees beginning July 1, 2012, we understand our customers desire to complete the submittal of plans prior to the year end. BDS will be providing additional hours each week during June to help you achieve your goal of having a complete permit submittal and paying intake fees prior to July 1, 2012. Consistent with the remainder of the year, acceptance of projects is contingent upon meeting all minimum submittal requirements prior to intake. Fees must be paid prior to close of business at 4:00 PM on June 29, 2012.


To assist our customers manage the timely submittal of their projects, we are providing additional staff in the DSC for permit set up and pre-submittal plan screening by a Technician on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1:00 - 3: 00 p.m. the weeks prior to fiscal year end (6/7 & 8, 6/14 &15, 6/21 & 22). This may allow you to avoid any last minute permit deficiencies when you arrive to submit your projects during our regular plan submittal hours (8:00 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday - Friday).


We will also expand our hours to set up New Single Family Submittals (NSFR) to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon’s from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. through June 22, 2012. If your NSFR submittal has been deemed complete and intake fees have been paid by Friday, June 29, 2012 your permit will be charged our current 2011-12 fees (even if your NSFR appointment occurs in July). Please note: Customers who have permitted a NSFR within the past year can "drop off" their plans on the Second Floor in Permitting Services prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012. This will allow us enough time to screen the plans and contact you with the intake fees owing. Fees must be paid prior to July 1, 2012.


Please arrange your schedule and plans now to attend one of these afternoons if you have any questions regarding a complete submittal or visit us ahead of the rush. The minimum submittal standards for residential projects are also available on our website at http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=45062 and for commercial projects at http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=45054&a=92699.

Permitting Services and Plan Review / Planning and Zoning Divisions

4/20/12

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Service Level Update Document:

Permitting Services and Plan Review / Planning and Zoning Divisions

April 20, 2012. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) strives to maintain the highest level of service level possible, coordinating our limited resources to ensure the valued and critical services we provide to customers are timely. We periodically review and evaluate the services provided and make adjustments as needed. We have recently completed a review and evaluation of the DSC Will Call Service (temporary plan/document storage service). We found that it is utilized by a limited number of customers and does not warrant the additional staff time and logistics required to maintain the service.

Effective May 1, 2012, BDS will discontinue providing temporary plan/document storage for customers in the Development Service Center (DSC). Any plans/Documents that are currently located in Will Call must be retrieved prior to June 1, 2012. Plans/Documents will need to remain with the customer prior to submittal, and in Document Services from submittal through issuance.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of our customers as we continue to focus on efficiently providing our core services and functions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ross Caron at ross.caron@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-4268.

Enforcement / Complaint Operational Changes and Priorities

2/22/12

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Service Level Update Document:

Neighborhood Inspections/Compliance Services Section
Enforcement / Complaint Operational Changes and Priorities

February 17, 2012. The Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section operates Zoning, Noise, Work without Permit, Dangerous Buildings, Signs & A-Boards, Nuisance, Housing, Derelict Buildings, Exterior Maintenance Requirements on non-Residential Structures and Chapter 13/Systematic Inspection enforcement programs. Due to a sharp reduction in inspection staff in 2009, it became necessary to prioritize the various types of complaint investigation and enforcement cases that will be performed. This allows us to focus existing resources on the most critical areas of compliance work relative to fire, life safety, health, sanitation, environmental and neighborhood livability. As more inspection resources are added, previous service levels will be restored.

CONTINUING POLICY AND PROCEDURAL CHANGES

The following policy and procedure changes remain in effect:

  • Increased response time to investigate assigned cases and reduced re inspections and case management for active cases.
  • Reduction of Nuisance Abatements, except for the most severe Fire/Life/Safety and Health/Sanitation cases.
  • Reduction of violation cases referred to the Code Hearings Officer for additional enforcement remedies to gain compliance.
  • Suspension of the Chapter 13/Systematic Inspection Program on older 3 or more story apartment buildings.
  • Suspension of the Disabled Vehicle Enforcement Program.

ENFORCEMENT / COMPLAINT PRIORITIES

It is necessary to prioritize various enforcement/complaint types in order to effectively process the most critical cases with reduced resources. The Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section has developed a 3 category system to assign enforcement resources. Priority 1 is the most urgent cases and Neighborhood Inspections& Compliance Services will continue to respond to these situations. Priority 2 is less urgent and Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services will attempt to respond as resources allow. Priority 3 is a low priority and no enforcement/compliance action will be taken at this time.

The priority factors include (in ranked order):

Type of Property

1st – Rental Properties

2nd – Vacant Properties

3rd – Owner Occupied Properties

Type of Issue or Concern

1st – Fire / Life / Safety concerns

2nd – Health concerns

3rd – Environmental concerns

4th – Impact to the community

Based on the priority factors listed above, enforcement resources will be assigned to the different enforcement case types performed by the Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section. The priority list below contains examples for the various enforcement case types and is not an exhaustive list of all enforcement situations or priorities. The Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section will monitor workload based on the priority list below and adjust priorities as needed. As additional resources become available, the Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section should be able to respond to more complaints, including priority 3 cases.

 

Priority 1 - Imminent Health and Safety Hazards, Serious Code Violations, and Environmental Protection


Construction Code

  • Dangerous structures
  • Significant work without permit (such as additions or electrical work) on occupied structures

Housing - Full Service level restored July 1, 2011 – Investigating all Housing & Non-Residential Structure exterior maintenance requirements

  • Adult Care Home Inspections
  • Illegal occupancies (attics, basements, garages, accessory buildings)
  • Owner occupied with significant exterior Fire/Life/Safety and/or Health/Sanitation issues
  • Rental properties with Fire/Life/Safety and/or Health Sanitation and/or significant maintenance issues
  • Non-residential occupied buildings with significant exterior Fire/Life/Safety and/or Health/Sanitation issues
  • Drug labs
  • No garbage service
  • Healthy Home Referral (e.g. mold, lead, pests, sanitation)
  • Derelict buildings
  • Vacant buildings with significant exterior Fire/Life/Safety and/or Health/Sanitation issues
  • Vacant buildings with less serious/significant property maintenance issues including roofs, boarded windows, porch deterioration, peeling paint, missing siding, missing gutters, drainage issues
  • Non-residential exterior building maintenance, i.e. peeling paint, missing siding, missing gutters/downspouts
  • Owner occupied properties

Noise

  • Noise that disturbs at least three or more separate households
  • Noise disturbances past 10 PM and earlier than 7 AM

Nuisance

  • Child traps
  • Holes
  • Trees that are an imminent hazard as determined by Urban Forestry
  • Other endangering conditions, such as beehives, hornet nests
  • CROW – Containers in the Right-of-Way
  • Garbage, offal, trash, dead animals, human waste
  • Rat harborages as determined by Vector Control
  • Sewer/Rain drain breaks with rat holes and/or leaking sewage
  • Failed on site sewage disposal systems, i.e. cesspools, septic tanks
  • Illegal dumps
  • Stagnant Water

Signs

  • Sign that are imminent hazards or immediate life/safety issues (such as falling hazards, traffic hazards, structural failures, and exposed electrical wires)
  • Signs exceeding the maximum allowed size in the Central City core area and on signs adjacent to freeways and bridges.

Site Complaints

  • Grading & fill activities with possible safety hazard, environmental destruction, or erosion control issues

Zoning

  • Environmental code violations / tree cutting
  • Commercial code violations impacting residential areas
  • Chronic zoning code violations (verified violations for previous and current activity)


Priority 2 - Code Violations and/or Conditions Adversely Impacting Quality of Life

Construction Code

  • Work without permit (structural, mechanical, plumbing) such as remodeling in progress or newly constructed accessory structures with utilities

Noise

  • Commercial code violations impacting residential areas
  • Construction noise violations on Sundays and evenings up to 10 PM with submitted citizen complaint logs
  • Persistent noise issues that have been recorded with complaint logs and citizen noise readings between 7 AM and 10 PM
  • Noise complaints that receive second follow up call for service with effort from complainant to demonstrate a violation
  • Events without a Noise Variance

Nuisance

  • Vacant, unsecured structures
  • Overgrowth over structures and adjacent rights off way
  • Sewer/Rain drain breaks without rat holes and/or leaking sewage

Zoning

  • Illegal uses and Home Occupation violations
  • Over height fences or walls that block visibility
  • Commercial violations
  • Violations for newly constructed structures (fences, garages, sheds, decks, patio covers, etc).


Priority 3 – Less Significant Neighborhood Impact and/or No Code Compliance Action taken

Construction Code

  • Existing non habitable accessory structures without utilities such as sheds & covered patios
  • Fences less than 8 feet tall
  • Retaining walls not abutting the public right-of-way unless determined to be dangerous (based on factors such as wall height, potential property damage, evidence of existing failure).

Noise

  • Residential stereos
  • Leaf blowers if operated within the allowed hours
  • Sporadic noise issues that are not predictable (street musicians, ice cream trucks , and other noise in the right-of-way, etc)
  • Ongoing car related issues at residence (car exhaust, car stereo, car alarm, etc)

Nuisance / Disabled Vehicles

  • Tall Grass & Weeds (unless submitted through Complaint Pilot Program)
  • Blackberry vines & overgrowth
  • Disabled vehicles
  • Storage of non-trash items
  • Dead trees, bushes
  • Debris

Signs

  • Sign complaints that are not imminent hazards or immediate life/safety issues (such as falling hazards, structural failures, and exposed electrical wires

Site Complaints

  • Grading & fill activities with no safety hazard, environmental destruction, or erosion control issues

Zoning

  • Passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles, including boats, trailers, and motor homes
  • Violations for existing structures not newly constructed
  • Over height fences
  • Temporary activities (garage sales, temporary parking, temporary sales, vending cart operations, etc)

If you have questions, you may contact Enforcement Program Manager Mike Liefeld at (503) 823-7332.