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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

Business Hours & Service Availability

Hours of Operations

  • The DSC is open:
    • Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Thursdays 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

    • Please see listed Services (below) for service limitations within the hours of operation
  • Within the hours of operation all services are offered:

    • On a first come, first served basis
    • We encourage visitors to arrive as early as possible within the service availability timeframes
    • Please note that generally Mondays will be the busiest day of the week

Service Availability

  • Building Permit Application Review and Intake

    • Service Timeframe
      • The DSC doors open at 7:30 AM for permit set-up Monday through Friday.

      • Full compliment of staff available Monday - Friday: Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM (Thursday ending at 12:00 PM)

        If your intake or review is not completed by 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday (2:00 PM on Thursday), regardless of where you are in the process, you will be required to return another business day in order to continue the process. 
  • Land Use Review Intake

    • Service Timeframe: Monday through Friday Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM (Thursday ending at 12:00 PM)

    • Generally, intake of a complete Land Use Review application requires approx. 1 hour. Please plan your visit accordingly. 

  • New Single Family Construction Permit Set-up and Intake (including new construction of detached Accessory Dwelling Units)

    • Service Timeframe: Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Thursday ending at 11:00 AM)

    • Please see the NSFR intake packet information 
  • General Customer Questions and Inquiries
    • Service Timeframe: Monday thru Friday – Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM (Thursday ending at 12:00 PM) a limited number of BDS staff is available to assist walk-in customers with general questions.

    • These staff limitations apply to customers with general questions for Planning & Zoning, Life Safety Plan Review, Engineering and Site Development. Staff from BES, PBOT and Water is also available. 

  • Trade Permits and Records Requests

    • Service Timeframe: Monday thru Friday – Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM (Thursday ending at 12:00 PM).

    • Simple Trade Permits may also be purchased online 24/7 and customers can immediately schedule inspections for the next business day. Go online to: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=42781 
    • Records of permit history can be found online for work performed after the year 2000 at http://www.portlandmaps.com/maps/bds
  • Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

    • Service Timeframe: Monday thru Friday – Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM (Thursday ending at 12:00 PM).