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City of Portland establishes Deconstruction Advisory Group

Deconstruction is the practice of dismantling structures in order to salvage and re-use materials, such as cabinetry, light fixtures, tile or support beams. These recovered materials can then be incorporated into another building, sold, or donated to material salvage nonprofits for a tax deduction. Deconstruction helps Portland meet waste and emissions reduction goals expressed by the Comprehensive Plan Update and the Climate Action Plan.

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to explore options for increasing deconstruction activities relative to traditional mechanized demolitions, and to share expertise critical to making deconstruction work for Portland.The advisory group is made up of a wide range of experts including deconstruction contractors, salvage retail outlets, historic preservationists, developers, a recycler/hauler, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Mayor’s office, and Metro staff, as well as members of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) and United Neighbors for Reform.The DAG has convened four times over the past month, discussing a wide range of program options.

The conversation has focused on these key topics:

  • Incentives (such as expedited permits or financial benefits).
  • Minimum re-use requirements.
  • Health and safety of workers and neighbors.
  • The need to support industry education and training.

BPS will make recommendations to Portland City Council on June 3 regarding ways to increase deconstruction activity in Portland

BPS will recommend deconstruction incentives and next steps before City Council on June 3rd. At the hearing, there will also be an option for public testimony.More information about the Deconstruction Advisory Group, meeting minutes, calendar, and contact information are all available on the BPS website at