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Building Permit Plan Review & Pre-issuance Service Level Updates

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 3, 2016


Year over year growth in the construction industry has outpaced the City’s ability to keep up with related workload and meet several of its turn-around timeline goals. To address the increased workload the Bureau of Development Services, and its development review agencies partners, are in the process of creating new positions and hiring employees. We appreciate your patience as we bring on new employees and apologize for inconveniences caused by the changes to turn-around timelines. 
Over the next 6-9 months, as we work on filling vacancies and training staff, applicants can expect the following changes to building permit plan review and pre-issuance timelines: 

  • Receiving plan review comments (first checksheet) from City review groups for new commercial building permits varies, but has been averaging no later than 35 working days. Our goal is 20 working days. 
  • Receiving plan review comments for new one & two family residential building permits, varies, but has been averaging no later than 25 working days. Our goal is 15 working days. 
  • Pre-issuance (the last mandatory review process) of building permits is currently taking an average of 9-10 working days. Our goal is 2 working days. 
  • Most residential remodels, additions and simple permits continue to be issued in one-day over the counter, although we have been experiencing extended wait times in the Development Services Center. 

Please take these timeline changes into consideration as you prepare your project’s permitting schedule.
Complete Applications Can Reduce Review Timelines
The submittal of complete and code compliant building permit applications can help reduce review timelines for individual projects. We strongly encourage applicants to review the minimum submittal requirements outlined in the Commercial New Construction and Additions – Applying for My Permit webpage and/or the Residential Permits webpage. In addition, a new Commercial Life Safety – Completeness Checklist is now available and will help applicants and staff ensure a complete and code compliant application is ready for review.
BDS recognizes and appreciates our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide. For more information Contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at or 503-823-3622.

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