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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Commercial New Construction and Additions

Information for new commercial structure or multi-family residential projects with three or more units or a commercial alteration project, which includes additional exterior work, structural changes or increase in the building footprint.


Plan Review Process

After you pay intake fees, your project will be "under review". The bureaus/review groups that will check a commercial alteration project are:

  • Planning and zoning review
  • Life safety review
  • Structural review
  • Addressing
  • Site development review
  • Plumbing
  • Bureau of Environmental Services review
  • Portland Department of Transportation review
  • Bureau of Parks and Recreation review
  • Urban Forestry review
 
Checksheets
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 (4) 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 be pre-issued. You will be contacted when your permit is ready, and of your final fee total. Fees may be paid by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard.
 
If your permit is ready for issuance, you may pick up your permit between 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR. For more information call (503) 823-7357.

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