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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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  • BDS Lunch & Learn

  • Translated Documents

  • Visiting the DSC? Please check our DSC Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting the DSC.

  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (November/December 2016) A bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects. Start Now!

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions & Pre-App Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

Our Mission Statement

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

News & Events View all »

  1. Jan 18

    Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

    On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017.

  2. Jan 13

    New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

    The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range.

  3. Jan 12

    RESCHEDULED Lunch & Learn on Inclusionary Housing Program

    Friday, January 20, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor), 2020 SW 4th Ave, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97201

  4. Dec 20

    Portland Bureau of Transportation Road Map for Private Electric Utility Vaults in the ROW

    This policy will be going into effect on January 1, 2017.

  5. Nov 16

    Proposed Changes to Enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rental Requirements

    The City of Portland is proposing to change response to violations of Accessory Short Term Rental requirements in an effort to achieve greater compliance with current rules.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Jan 10

    Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

    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.

  2. Dec 21

    Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

    Beginning February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes.

  3. Dec 15

    BDS Inspection Delays Due to Inclement Weather

    On days when most roads are covered in snow and ice, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) postpones inspections in the interest of the safety of employees.

  4. Dec 13

    IVR Credit Card Payment Option Reactivated

    Effective December 20, 2016, customers will again be able to pay for additional inspections with a credit card via the City’s IVR system.

  5. Dec 13

    BDS Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule

    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 upcoming Holiday Closures.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email

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 »