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Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

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SERVICE UPDATE
January 10, 2017 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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

Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

Beginning February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 21, 2016


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

Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

Currently, the City’s permitting software program does not actively expire or void trade permits per State Code and instead shows them in “Issued” or “Under Inspection” status indefinitely. This creates confusion for customers, the public and City employees about the actual status of a trade permit. To address this issue, on February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes, per the table below.

State and City code require that issued trade permits that have not had an approved inspection within 180 days be expired. Code also states that expired permits may be reactivated within 180 days of expiration. However, after 180 days in “Expired” status, permits must be voided. A voided permit may not be reactivated; and a new permit is required in order for the customer to complete the work and for the City to inspect the work.

To help transition the holders of inactive trade permits through this change, trade permits that have been inactive will be changed to “Expired” and “Void” status in three groups, older permits, more recent permits, and future permits, as follows:

Inactive Permits in Issued or Under Inspection Status
  Older Permits More Recent Permits New Permits
Date Range Permits with expiration dates prior to July 1, 2014 Permits with expiration dates of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017 Permits with expiration dates beginning on February 1, 2017
Expired Status Bypass expired status Automatically expire on February 1, 2017 Automatically expire after 180 days of inactivity in issued or under inspection status
Void Status Automatically void on February 1, 2017 Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status

*As currently allowed, trade permits may be extended prior to their expiration once for up to 180 days, upon request by the customer.

Action Required to Keep Your Permit Active:

Expiration date Prior to July 1, 2014:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before February 1, 2017, OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to February 1, 2017

Expiration date of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before February 1, 2017, OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to February 1, 2017; OR
  • Request reactivation of the permit within 180 days after February 1, 2017 

Expiration date of February 1, 2017 and beyond:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before the expiration date; OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to the expiration date; OR
  • Request reactivation of the permit within 180 days after expiration date.  

How to View A Permit’s Expiration Date 

How to View A Permit’s Expiration Date  

  1. Go to www.PortlandMaps.com and enter the property address.
  2. On the right hand side, scroll down to locate the “Permits and Zoning” heading and select “Permits” button.
  3. On the right hand side, find the appropriate permit and select it.
  4. Locate the expiration date as shown on the screenshot above.

How to Call for an Inspection or Extension or Reactivation Request 

Inspections may be requested through the IVR system by calling 503-823-7000. 

Permit extensions or permit reactivations may be requested in writing which may done online:

If you have questions, please contact our Support Teams:

  • Commercial Inspections — 503-823-7303
  • Residential Inspections — 503-823-7388

Definitions 

  • Issued: Permit issued, no inspections called for.
  • Under Inspection: Permit issued, at least one inspection called for.
  • Expired: Permit expired, but may be reactivated within 180 days of expiration.
  • Reactivate: The act of changing a permit status from “Expired” to “Issued” or”Uunder Inspection”, beginning a new  expiration “clock” of up to 180 days.
  • Void: Permit has exhausted the 180 expiration period, and may not be reactivated.

 

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BDS Inspection Delays Due to Inclement Weather

On days when most roads are covered in snow and ice, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) postpones inspections in the interest of the safety of employees.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 15, 2016

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

BDS Inspection Delays Due to Inclement Weather

On days when most roads are covered in snow and ice, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) postpones inspections in the interest of the safety of employees. The bureau will, however, respond to requests for power restoration for heat and communication systems. Additionally, if downtown is cleared and construction sites can be safely traversed, BDS will provide limited commercial and trade inspections in that area.

When large arterial streets are passable, inspections are often still inhibited by substantial snow and ice remaining on residential streets and sidewalks and in parking lots. The bureau monitors conditions closely throughout each business day and makes every effort to make inspections on a timely basis, while keeping safety in mind. BDS staff will contact inspection customers as soon as possible to inform them of any delays and reschedule when conditions allow.

BDS recognizes and values our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide and appreciate your patience as we adjust our services during inclement weather..

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译
Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
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IVR Credit Card Payment Option Reactivated

Effective December 20, 2016, customers will again be able to pay for additional inspections with a credit card via the City’s IVR system.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 13, 2016 

IVR Credit Card Payment Option Reactivated

 

Over the past year, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Technology Services worked diligently to update our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to improve security and increase protection of customer’s personal and financial information. Effective December 20, 2016, customers will again be able to pay for additional inspections with a credit card via the City’s IVR system.

This reinstates a service that was temporarily discontinued in September, 2015 in response to a Payment Card Industry (PCI) audit. Thank you for your patience while we worked to ensure the safety and privacy of the customer information. 

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
 

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译
Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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