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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Plan Review Process

Some simple permits can be reviewed and issued "over the counter” in the Development Services Center.  You will meet individually with city staff from different departments.  Each staff person will review your plans with you to verify that the proposed construction meets requirements. If information is missing or if corrections are needed, you will be asked to update your plans. In this case, another trip to the Permit Center may be needed.

If the project is more complex and a review cannot be completed over the counter, the plans will be taken in for further review. You will be sent a checksheet requesting any clarifications or corrections. For additional information on the review process, see the permitting process overview flowchart.

Neighborhood Notification for Major Additions
If your project qualifies as a Major Addition, then the required notification delay can overlap with the time the permit is being reviewed; however, the permit cannot be issued until 35 days after the neighborhood notification requirements have been completed.

The bureaus/review groups that will check your project vary depending on the scope of work and may include:

  • Planning and Zoning Review
  • Life Safety Review
  • Structural Review
  • Site Development Review
  • Urban Forestry Review
  • Water Bureau

A checksheet is sent to the applicant when a reviewer needs additional information or a correction has to be made to the plans. When you have gathered the additional information or made the corrections, bring the plans/information to the Development Services Center. Reviewers will be notified that a checksheet response has been received and review will continue.

More information on checksheets

Status Reports
Status reports are available after your project has been assigned to reviewers. Status reports show all reviews and include the reviewer’s name and phone number. To obtain a status report, call (503) 823-7000 and select option four to have a status report faxed to you or call (503) 823-7357 to have one mailed to you.

Permit Issued
When the last technical review is approved, your permit will pre-issued. You will be contacted to let you know when your permit is ready, and of your final fee total. Fees may be paid by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard.

When your permit is ready to be issued, you may pick up your permit at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR. For more information call (503) 823-7357. For hours, see the hours listed on the Development Services Center page.