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If you are applying for a building permit for development in the City of Portland, system development charges (SDCs) may apply to your project. SDCs are one-time fees based on the proposed new use or increase in use of a property. They apply to both new construction and residential projects which increase impact to city infrastructure.
Note: Depending on the project, SDCs may increase a project's budget substantially. It is important to determine the impact of SDC fees as early as possible in the process.
There are four City of Portland bureaus who have approved SDC charges. To find out if the SDCs apply to your project, and how much they will be, please see the following handout:
There is a sanitary sewer system SDC and a stormwater SDC.
These are one-time fees assessed to new residential and some commercial development in Portland. The fees cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve new residential development.
You must pay a SDC if you receive a building permit form the City of Portland for the following: new development (other than remodeling) or change of existing buildings that create more than 15 percent new transportation above the previous use.
The charge is based on the size of the meter installed and is assessed for all domestic and irrigation services. Fire lines are not assessed an SDC fee.
Portland Housing Bureau administers SDC exemption programs