Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information
BDS has complied the following information regarding Demolition and Major Alteration / Additions to residential structures. Please use the links below to view information on recent City Code changes and how they will effect projects that fall into these categories. Also on this webpage are links to information on the current Residential Demolition Delay regulations.
On February 12, 2015, Portland City Council approved amendments to the City’s Building Regulations contained in Title 24, Building Regulations, that changed delay and notification requirements for demolition permits and created a new Major Residential Alterations and Additions permit category with notification and delay requirements.
Effective April 20, 2015, a New Major Residential Alteration and Addition permit category will be implemented requiring 35 day email notification to neighborhood organizations and postings (door hangers) for abutting neighbors.
When BDS receives a permit application to demolish a one or two family structure, various criteria are applied to determine if a delay is required.
Commonly asked questions concerning the history and intent of the Demolition Delay Ordinance.
Using the criteria and work flow above, BDS will either require or request contractors provide a Notification when a one and or two family dwelling is being demolished.
The Demolition Delay Chart outlines common triggers for demolition delay and some criteria for demolition delay exceptions.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has compiled data on demolition applications from 1998 through 2013 and single dwelling demolitions by Comprehensive Plan zone, as well as a map of residential demolitions from 1996 to April 2014.
Portland City Code Chapter 24.55 contains the Demolition Delay Ordinance.
If a one or two family dwelling is a historic or conservation landmark or is located in a historic resource overlay zone, it may be subject to additional notification and delay requirements under the Zoning Code.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulates renovations, repairs and removal of asbestos-containing materials. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) provides information regarding lead-based paint and renovation, repair and painting.
Where do I look up issued permits and permit applications? Both the BDS website and Portland Maps website offer information on current permits issued to a property and a recent history of BDS permits and BDS enforcement.
Effective April 30, 2014, the Bureau of Development Services is applying the Demolition Delay Provisions of the City’s Building Regulations, Title 24.55.200, to proposals where the application for the demolition of a single family residence...
To request a change to the City Codes that BDS administers and enforces, send us an email and choose “Code Change Recommendation” in the subject menu.