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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

Design Advice Requests

An applicant may request design advice from the Design Commission or Historic Landmarks Commission prior to submitting a Type III Design Review or Historic Design Review. Design Advice Requests are optional. Design advice requests provide early feedback on projects such as:

  • A typical building types or configurations unable to draw on other prior project approvals to assess approval potential
  • Design Advice RequestProjects which might include elements that do not appear to conform to design guidelines, and which may require a waiver of one or more design guidelines
  • Unique urban design schemes for which interest or support is sought prior to approaching other agencies

Submittal Requirements

Submit your design advice request in the Development Services Center.

Process: Requests will typically be heard by the commission at a public hearing approximately 5 weeks from the submittal date and fee payment. A return [second] DAR is allowed, without additional fees, provided it is within 6-months of the first hearing date. Design advice requests may be made for a project prior to or after a pre-application conference, but do not substitute for a required pre-application conference (see pre-application conference).

Design advice requests may not be made for a specific project or site with an active land use review application.

Results: Responses from the commission will be documented by staff within 2 weeks of the hearing.

Questions? For further assistance with the land use and zoning regulations that apply to your site, please call us at (503) 823-7526, or visit Planning and Zoning Staff in the Development Services Center.


For more information on Historic and Design Reviews, see our Design Review and Historic Review pages.