FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2010
Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
(Portland, OR) The Bureau of Development Services is acting on its commitment to provide regular and timely information to customers on service level adjustments and organizational changes.
In an effort to improve the overall development review process and increase efficiencies within the plan review process, we are establishing a limit on the number of "reviews and rechecks" that are included as part of the intake review fee for permit submittals. Rechecks are generated when a staff reviewer needs additional information, a correction is required to be made to the plans submitted to the Bureau, or in response to an applicant-initiated revision to the plans.
For all permits submitted on or after July 1, 2010, plan review fees for reviews performed by BDS staff will cover only the initial review and up to two (2) checksheets and the reviews of the applicant responses to those checksheets. All additional checksheets and reviews of the applicant responses will be subject to a charge of $155 per checksheet. The checksheet limitations and fees apply only to BDS-related reviews and not to reviews provided by other City bureaus. Additional information about the BDS Plan Review Checksheet Limitation & Fee can be found online at: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=51292&a=306716.
"We know that this new process will generate financial impacts for some applicants," stated Paul Scarlett, BDS Director. "However, it is aimed at creating and encouraging a more equitable plan review process for all of our customers." The Bureau is also working on a permit inspection limitation and fee that will be implemented in the near future.
We appreciate the understanding and patience of our customers and the community while we work through these financial and operational challenges. A complete list of the Bureau's Service Level Updates, including the recent adjustments to services provided in the Development Services Center is available at
www.portlandoregon.gov/bds by clicking on "Services Level Updates".
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 823-4268.