Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information
BDS has compiled the following information regarding Demolition and Major Alterations / Additions to single-family residential structures. Please use the links below to view information on recent City Code changes and how they will affect projects that fall into these categories. Also on this webpage are links to information on the current Residential Demolition Delay regulations.
On February 12, 2015, Portland City Council approved amendments to the City Code Title 24, Building Regulations, that changed delay and notification requirements for residential demolition permits and created a new Major Residential Alterations and Additions permit category with notification and delay requirements.
Effective April 20, 2015, a New Major Residential Alteration and Addition permit category will be implemented requiring 35 day email notification to neighborhood organizations and postings (door hangers) for abutting neighbors.
When BDS receives a permit application to demolish a one or two family structure, various criteria are applied to determine if a delay is required.
If a one or two family dwelling is a historic or conservation landmark or is located in a historic resource overlay zone, it may be subject to additional notification and delay requirements under the Zoning Code.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulates renovations, repairs and removal of asbestos-containing materials. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) provides information regarding lead-based paint and renovation, repair and painting.
Both the BDS website and Portland Maps website offer information on current permits issued to a property and permit applications, as well as recent history of BDS permits and BDS enforcement.
Effective April 20, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services implemented changes to the City’s Building Regulations, Title 24.55.200. Summaries of those changes can be found in the Service Level Updates provided prior to these changes.
To request a change to the City Codes that BDS administers and enforces, send us an email and choose “Code Change Recommendation” in the subject menu.