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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

How do I request an inspection?

The last phase of permitting your project is obtaining all necessary inspections to receive final approval on the work. This is done by contacting the Bureau of Development Services once you are ready for the required inspection in each phase of your project. The information below provides details on how to use the City’s automated inspection request system (IVR). Please remember all permits need the “999 Final Permit” inspection requested and approved or the permit will remain “under inspection” in the City’s computer system instead of indicating the work received “Final” approval. This can only be requested after all other inspections for your work have been completed and approved.


What is an IVR Number?

  • Permits are tracked and inspections scheduled in the system using an assigned IVR number
  • When your permit is issued and printed, your IVR number will appear in the upper right-hand corner of your permit
  • If you are unsure of your IVR number, you may use your permit number to schedule inspections
  • IVR will translate your permit number to your IVR number and repeat it back to you for future use
NOTE: Your IVR number is distinct from your permit number. The fastest way to schedule an inspection is to use your IVR number.