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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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How to File Your Appeal

Your complete Building Code Appeal Packet consists of the Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing code appeal application(s), Plans and any Supplemental Information, and the Appeal fee.

Appeal Packets will be screened for completeness. Submittal of inaccurate or incomplete forms may cause a delay in hearing the appeal.

You may submit your building code appeal online, by mail or in person.

Online submittal

  • Online Appeals applications must be received before 9:00 am Monday to be heard at the following Wednesday’s appeal meeting. However, an appeal may be deferred for hearing at a later date due to the number of appeals scheduled for hearing, the complexity of the appeal being submitted, or other unforeseen factors
  • Plans - In addition to your code appeal application, your plans and any supplemental information can be submitted electronically in pdf format along with your online application submittal. 
  • Fees must be paid by mail or in person, see Fee Payments, below.
  • Plans or supplemental information that cannot submitted online can be mailed or hand-delivered separately to:

APPEALS
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000 (5th floor)
Portland, Oregon 97201 

Mailed or hand delivered plans, supplemental information and/or fees for online appeals must be received by the same 9 am Monday deadline. They must be clearly marked "Appeals" and include the Appeal ID number assigned to your online application submittal so your information is attached to the correct application. 

Mail/Hand Delivered Submittal 

  • Mailed or hand-delivered appeals applications must be received by BDS before 5:00 pm on Friday to be heard at the following Wednesday’s administrative appeal meeting. However, an appeal may be deferred for hearing at a later date due to the number of appeals scheduled for hearing, the complexity of the appeal being submitted, or other unforeseen factors.
  • Appeal plans, any supplemental information and your payment of appeal fees must also be received by 5:00 pm on Friday for your appeal to be heard the following Wednesday.
  • Mail or deliver appeal packets to:

APPEALS
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000 (5th floor)
Portland, Oregon 97201 

For questions regarding the appeal packet submittal, please call (503) 823-7335. 

Fee Payments

The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is currently working with our payment vendor to improve the security features of our payment system and protect our customers’ personal and financial information. During this process, BDS will be unable to accept pre-registered or fax credit card payments for Building Code Appeals. The customer personal and financial security improvements are scheduled to be completed in January 2016.  

Until that time, Building Code Appeal Fees can be paid by mail or in person. 

  • By Mail:
    • Checks should be made payable to “Treasurer, City of Portland”, and have the project address written on them. Please mail to:

      APPEALS
      Bureau of Development Services
      1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000 (5th floor)
      Portland, Oregon 97201
  • By visiting in person: 
    • If paying by Check:

      A check can be dropped off between the hours of 8am to 5pm at the 5th floor receptionist at 1900 SW 4th Ave. Be sure and reference the appeal ID number or write the project address on the check.  

    • If paying by Credit Card:

      Please contact the Appeals Secretary (email BDS Appeals@PortlandOregon.gov) in advance so that a payment slip for your appeal can be generated before you arrive. The payment slip will be emailed to you, which can then be taken directly to the cashier in the Development Services Center to pay by credit card. Please consult the web page for DSC hours of operation. The Appeals staff is unable to take your credit card information or payment directly, and the cashier is unable to take your payment without the payment slip.