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Bureau of Development Services Customer Advisory: Fee Increase Effective Thursday July 1, 2010

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Serivices


Effective Thursday July 1, 2010

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services. 503.823.4268

(Portland, Oregon) This is an advisory to our customers concerning City Council approval of upcoming increases in the fees the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) charges on building permits, trade permits and land use review applications.

Effective Thursday, July 1, 2010, the fees BDS collects to fund it's operations will be increased by 8%, with the exception of a 12% increase in the Environmental Soils program. To view a detailed list of the BDS fee schedules please visit the BDS webpage at:

Please note that other City agencies responsible for reviewing and inspecting development projects have separate fees and charges that may also increase July 1.

According to BDS Director Paul Scarlett, "It has become evident that the approved fee increases will be necessary in order to help provide financial stability and maintain the bureau's current level of services. The fees associated with some permit reviews and inspections do not currently cover the cost of performing those functions, and building permit fees have not changed in five years".

BDS remains committed to providing the highest level of service possible with limited resources and continues to provide a wide and valuable array of safety and livability services to the community. These services include: building and trade permit review and inspection; land use review; citizen complaint investigation; and public information on development and land use related regulation and historical records.

However, given staffing reductions, we have had to make some changes and adjustments to the level of service we have been able to provide in the past. You can access these adjustments and changes online at by clicking on "Service Update".

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, at (503) 823-4268 or via email at