BDS collects fees under various fee schedules to fund inspections, plan review, permit issuance, land use review, customer assistance, and other functions. Since 1988, construction-related programs operated by BDS (approximately 90% of bureau functions) have been primarily self-supporting. BDS achieves this through a combination of strategies that allow the bureau to respond to increasing costs while being innovative and proactive in meeting changing customer needs.
In the May/June Plans Examiner we profiled a relatively small number of fee changes that BDS was recommending to City Council for fiscal year (FY) 2013-14. The Council held a public hearing on the fee changes on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, and approved them on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The changes went into effect on July 1st.
Many fees did not change, and one fee was reduced. Highlights include:
- Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Facilities Permit Program (FPP), Field Issued Remodel (FIR), Site Development fees (for commercial projects), and Zoning Inspection permit fees did not change (zero increase).
- These programs generate almost 60% of BDS fee revenues.
- Site Development fees for residential projects were reduced by 10%.
- Most other fees increased by 5%.
- Environmental Soils fees increased by 10% due to significant historical funding issues in that program.
Note: Multnomah County contracts with the City of Portland for inspection and plan review services in the unincorporated areas within the Portland urban services boundary, the County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the fee increases at a public hearing on Thursday, June 13th.
Full fee schedules are available online at http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=34184. If you have questions about the fee increases, please contact Denise Kleim, BDS Administrative Services Manager, at (503) 823-7338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.