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Expansion of the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Expansion of the Bureau of Development Services Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

Effective February 13, 2015 the Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) regulations will be extended to include residents of apartment and condo buildings who want to rent bedrooms to outside guests for less than 30 days. The ASTR regulations and permitting process were previously granted to residents of 1 & 2 dwelling structures on August 30, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) implements the City’s regulations on ASTR and has developed a comprehensive webpage on the permitting process. All Accessory Short Term Rental applications are now required to be notarized.

The new allowances are explained on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage.

Residents located in a structure with 3 units or more can use the multi-dwelling structure application process. Some highlights of the process are:

  • Resident must obtain property owner’s written permission,
  • Notification is provided to adjacent residences/neighborhood association/building manager,
  • Number of ASTR operations in a structure is limited to a maximum of 25% of the total number of units in a structure, and
  • Business License requirements remain the same.

Permit fees are as follows through June 30, 2015:

  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a 1&2 dwelling structure is $178.00.
  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a multi-dwelling (3 or more unit) structure is $100.00.

Detailed information and permitting forms are available on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage. Information is also available in the Development Service Center.

In order to avoid wait times, customers are strongly encouraged to mail complete applications with check payment to BDS (address for mailing is on the application). Customers needing to submit complete applications with credit card or cash payment will need to visit the Development Services Center during regular business hours.

Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015

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.

The Bureau of Development Services offices will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Observance of Presidents’ Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781

 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015

 

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.

The Bureau of Development Services offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

Effective January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks & Recreation (UF/PP&R) will start implementation of the City’s new Tree Regulations contained in Title 11 Trees (Tree Code). All building permit applications submitted to BDS will be reviewed for compliance with the new Tree Code, Title 11, requirements. The Tree Code also applies to non-development related tree planting/pruning/and removal on private property and in the public right of way planting strips. The Tree Code is the outcome of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project approved by City Council in April, 2011, and funded in the FY 2014/2015 budget.
 
Also effective January 2, 2015, all services currently provided by Urban Forestry at East Delta Park (10910 N Denver Avenue) will be moved to the Development Services Center (Permit Center) at the 1900 Building located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue in an effort to make the City’s permitting process more convenient and streamlined for customers. 
 
More information on the Tree Code can be found by following the links below, or attending one of the BDS customer trainings listed below:

City Tree Program and Regulation Training Dates

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
Wednesday
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Wednesday
January 14, 2015
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants

These are the final 2 trainings on the Tree Code (Title 11) that will go into effect January 2, 2015. Please RSVP so that we can ensure plenty of seating and hand-out materials. To RSVP contact Lauren Wirtis at Lauren.Wirtis@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-7538.

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 additional information, contact (503) 823-3810, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

2014 Holiday Closure Schedule

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 2014 Holiday Closure Schedule

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services is providing advance notice of its Holiday closure schedule.

  • November 27 & 28, 2014 (Thanksgiving Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

  • December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

  • December 26, 2014
    Development Service Center 1st floor closed. Permitting Services Office 2nd floor closed. The rest of the Bureau will be open and other services will be available.

  • January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

Access to the Portland State University Underground Parking Garage located below the Development Services Center will be limited to monthly parking pass holders on the Holiday closure schedule listed above. There are three commercial surface parking lots within a block of the 1900 Building - one directly across SW 4th Ave. and two at the intersection of SW 4th Ave. & SW Harrison St. - as well as metered parking on several streets surrounding the building.