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Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential and Commercial Plan Submittal / Urban Forestry Moving to 1900 Building

Effective January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks & Recreation (UF/PP&R) will start implementation of the City’s new Tree Regulations contained in Title 11 Trees (Tree Code). All building permit applications submitted to BDS will be reviewed for compliance with the new Tree Code, Title 11, requirements. The Tree Code also applies to non-development related tree planting/pruning/and removal on private property and in the public right of way planting strips. The Tree Code is the outcome of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project approved by City Council in May, 2011, and funded in the FY 2014/2015 budget.
 
Also effective January 2, 2015, all services currently provided by Urban Forestry at East Delta Park (10910 N Denver Avenue) will be moved to the Development Services Center (Permit Center) at the 1900 Building located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue in an effort to make the City’s permitting process more convenient and streamlined for customers. 
 
More information on the Tree Code can be found by following the links below, or attending one of the BDS customer trainings listed below:

City Tree Program and Regulation Training Dates

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
Wednesday
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Wednesday
January 14, 2015
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants

These are the final 2 trainings on the Tree Code (Title 11) that will go into effect January 2, 2015. Please RSVP so that we can ensure plenty of seating and hand-out materials. To RSVP contact Lauren Wirtis at Lauren.Wirtis@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-7538.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact (503) 823-3810, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

2014 Holiday Closure Schedule

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 2014 Holiday Closure Schedule

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services is providing advance notice of its Holiday closure schedule.

  • November 27 & 28, 2014 (Thanksgiving Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

  • December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

  • December 26, 2014
    Development Service Center 1st floor closed. Permitting Services Office 2nd floor closed. The rest of the Bureau will be open and other services will be available.

  • January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed.

Access to the Portland State University Underground Parking Garage located below the Development Services Center will be limited to monthly parking pass holders on the Holiday closure schedule listed above. There are three commercial surface parking lots within a block of the 1900 Building - one directly across SW 4th Ave. and two at the intersection of SW 4th Ave. & SW Harrison St. - as well as metered parking on several streets surrounding the building.

 

Holiday Closure: Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

The Bureau of Development Services offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Observance of Veterans Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

DSC and Permitting Services Hours of Operation Reduced Thursdays to Address Workload and Staff Training

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Development Services Center (DSC) and Permitting Services Hours of Operation Reduced Thursdays to Address Workload and Staff Training

Starting Thursday, November 6th, the City’s Development Services Center (DSC) and 2nd Floor Permitting Services will be closed every Thursday at 12:00 PM to address permit workload and staff training needs. All other BDS hours of operation remain the same. The following table and bullets provide information on these changes.

Table of Development Services Center Hours and Services as of Thursday, November 6, 2014
DSC Services Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Building permit submittal
Building Permit review
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
New One & Two Family permit intake 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 12:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM  
General Life Safety & Zoning questions   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BDS Interagency partner services – Water, Transportation, BES 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM   8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The following bullets provide additional detail to the changes going into effect on Thursday, November 6, 2014:

  • BDS Interagency partners co-located in the DSC (Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Bureau of Environmental Services) will also be operating on this reduced schedule.

  • New Single Family Residence (NSFR) Permit screening and set-up hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. NSFR Permits apply to new 1 and 2 Family Dwellings, detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s), and placement of manufactured homes on individual lots.

  • For more information on this change, please see our October 30, 2014 Customer Notifcation.

 

 

Holiday Closure: Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update:
Holiday Closure: Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

 

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

The Bureau of Development Services offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in Observance of Labor Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.