FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2009
Contact: Alisa Cour, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4017
(Portland, OR) The Bureau of Development Services announced today that they are changing the hours of operation for the Development Services Center effective March 2, 2009.
Until recently, the Bureau of Development Services had offered Permit Night on Thursday nights to assist customers with permit inquiries and issuance. After experiencing a sharp decline in workload and revenues over the past several months and decrease in customers utilizing this service, the Bureau opted to suspend Permit Night effective February 5, 2009 and will extend its regular business hours from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
"In an effort to continue offering comprehensive permitting services to our valued customers in a cost-effective manner, the Bureau will extend it's regular business hours and suspend offering Permit Night," said Andy Peterson, Development Services Division Manager.
Effective March 2, 2009, the Development Services Center will operate on the following schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 7:30am to 4:00pm
Tuesday - 7:30am to 3:00pm
The Bureau of Development Services, Development Services Center is located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, First Floor. The center provides customers with all the expertise needed to complete Portland's permitting processes quickly and efficiently. Services offered include building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and land use permit intake, review and issuance, as well as record research for properties in the City of Portland.
About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through the efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. In 2008, BDS staff issued 10,000 development permits, performed 193,000 permit inspections and processed 977 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information, visit our website at www.portlandonline.com/bds or call Alisa Cour at (503) 823-4017.