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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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BDS Webpage Updates

Recent updates to the BDS Webpages and Informational Documents

Documents:

BDS Webpage Updates:

Residential Inspection Routes: Beginning May 1, 2015, BDS launched online customer notification to replace daily telephone calls residential inspectors were making each morning to inform customers of their 2-hour inspection window.  Now customers can view route slips for Residential Inspections for each day that include address of inspection, inspector name, telephone number, and 2-hour window of time the inspection will be performed.

Residential Demolition Notification, Delay and Appeal Requirement Changes: Effective April 19, 2015, significant changes mandated by City Council to Title 24, Building Regulations concerning residential demolitions were implemented by BDS. In addition, these code changes created a new permit category, major residential alteration and addition. This permit category has mandatory notification requirements that must be met prior to permit issuance. New webpages were created to provide information and links to the required documents. The ordinance to change the code is located here. At document summarizing these changes and listing the new requirements is here.

Collection of School Construction Excise Tax for Centennial School District: Starting April 1, 2015, all building permits applied for within the boundaries of the Centennial School District within the City of Portland will be assessed a School Construction Excise Tax (CET).

Residential Solar Permits: You will find information about installing a solar electric system or a solar water heating system on your house or accessory structure. Solar electric systems are also called solar photovoltaic systems or PV systems.

Program/Code Guides:

Solar Water Heating and Solar Electric Generators – This Program Guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permit(s) to install a solar energy system for a new or existing residential building. The Program Guide also describes what system siting or design elements may trigger the need for additional plan review.

Partial Electrical Permits  This program guide was rescinded. The guide was outdated, and better operationalized through an SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) manual due to the small number of niche customers and responsible staff. 

Minor Plumbing Labels  This program guide was rescinded. The guide was unnecessary as BDS no longer sells minor plumbing labels. The ORS (Oregon Revised Statutes) required minor plumbing label program continues to be handled by the State of Oregon. 

Minor Structural Labels – This program guide was rescinded. The guide was unnecessary as BDS no longer sells minor plumbing labels. The ORS (Oregon Revised Statutes) required minor structural label program continues to be handled by the State of Oregon. 

Existing Plaster Ceilings OSSC/34/#1  This code guide was revised to update references, provide clarity and consistency and specify that all buildings with a current or expired FM-41 Agreement may use the code guide. 

Window Projections into Public Right-of-Way OSSC/32/#1 – This code guide was revised to update references and to clarify that side window requirements may be altered through Design Review and that fire separation requirements must continue to be met under this code guide. 

Exterior Wall and Opening Protection at Commonly-Owned Private Rights-of-Ways and Other Tracts OSSC/7/#6-ORSC/3/#2  This code guide was revised to update references and terminology. 

Building Projections Into Commonly-Owned Private Rights-of-Ways OSSC/7/#7-ORSC/3/#3  This code guide was revised to update references and terminology. It was also revised to remove the allowance for projections into tracts that were not also rights-of-way; instead requiring those to be heard on a case-by-case basis through the BDS Administrative Appeals process due to the high number of variables associated with such tracts.