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ENB-4.22 - BES Public Works Enforcement Program Administrative Rules


Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureau of Development Services Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority



Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 124 kb). What follows is the Table of Contents and an excerpt from the administrative rules:


1.    Applicability

2.    Purpose

3.    Definitions

4.    Regulatory Authority

5.    Compliance Requirements

6.    Violations

7.    Administrative Review and Appeal


These are administrative rules for the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Public Works Enforcement Program.



1.  Applicability

These rules apply to any person who modifies a public sewer or drainage improvement without first obtaining BES written authorization or a permit.

2.  Purpose

These rules establish the BES enforcement program for assuring protection of the public sanitary, stormwater and drainage systems and processes. These rules are implemented in conjunction with the BES Enforcement Program Administrative Rules (PPD item ENB-4.15).

3.  Definitions

These rules use the definitions of Portland City Code (PCC) Chapters 17.04 and 17.32, including the following definitions:

A.  “Drainage Improvements” means management facilities or modifications to drainage patterns to address safety issues, increase capacity, or improve water flows or quality.

B.  “Public Right-of-Way” means the area within the confines of a dedicated public street, an easement owned by the City, or other area dedicated for public use for streets-or public utility facilities.

C.  “Public Sewer Easement (easement)” is a grant of the right by a property owner to the City to use land for placement and maintenance of public sewer facilities.

4.  Regulatory Authority

These rules are authorized by PCC Chapter 3.13 and support the implementation of Chapter 17.32 and the BES Enforcement Program Administrative Rules (PPD item ENB-4.15).



Ordinance No. 183397, passed by City Council December 9, 2009 and effective January 8, 2010.

Amended rules adopted by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services September 23, 2013.
Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services January 8, 2015.