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City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

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June 22, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) collects fees under various fee schedules to fund Bureau operations including inspections, plan review, permit issuance, land use review, customer assistance meetings, and other functions. Since 1988, construction-related programs operating at BDS (approximately 95% of bureau budget) have been primarily self-supporting. BDS is committed to keeping fees as low as possible while still meeting cost recovery goals and supporting staff levels sufficient to meet customers’ needs.  

This commitment, coupled with significantly improved permit revenues over the last few years, is enabling the Bureau to reduce building and site development permit fees by 3% for all projects over $500 in valuation. However, the Environmental Soils fee will increase by 10% as the last of a multi-year agreement correcting a significant historical funding issue in that program.

BDS worked with the Fees & Regulations Subcommittee of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) to determine which fees could be reduced, and to what extent. Factors considered included:

  • Forecasted BDS expenditures and personnel growth
  • Current and future economic conditions
  • Revenue projections
  • Current financial positions of individual programs.

**NOTE: Many development fees, including System Development Charges (SDCs), charged by other City of Portland bureaus including Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services, Transportation, and Water will be changing on July 1, 2016. See the System Development Charges website for how to contact those bureaus for more information.

The BDS fee schedules are available at If you have questions about the Bureau of Development Services fee changes, please contact Deborah Sievert Morris, BDS Business Operations and Finance Services Manager, at (503) 823-7338 or

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