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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

BDS News View all »

  1. Aug 12

    BDS Lunch & Learn: Trees in Development Situations – Friday, August 26, 2016

    Friday, August 26, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

  2. Jul 28

    BDS Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Design Commission

    Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible.

  3. Jul 26

    2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

    The tax will be calculated as 1% of the permit valuation on residential and commercial building projects with improvements valued at $100,000 or more. Tax revenue will support affordable housing programs.

  4. Jul 12

    Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

    Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource.

  5. Jul 5

    BDS Lunch & Learn: Historic District and Landmark Regulations – Friday, July 15th

    Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

BDS Service Level Updates View all »

  1. Jul 27

    Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Nonstructural Components and Designated Seismic Systems Effective July 1, 2017

    Effective July 1, 2017 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

  2. Jun 24

    Holiday Closure Monday, July 4, 2016: 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.

  3. Jun 22

    City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

    As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

  4. Jun 21

    Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

    The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers.

  5. May 26

    Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

    Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

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Hours of Operation

General Office:

Monday through Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

The Development Service Center
(1st Floor):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm


7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm


8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Learn more about ITAP

The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) will move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow complete, online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services. Learn more »