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17.24.010 Permits Required.

A.  Any person desiring to make a public improvement, do work in, or use the street area must first obtain a permit from the Director of the Bureau of Transportation as prescribed in this Chapter, and pay the permit fees set forth in Section 17.24.020, except for maintenance activities allowed without a permit, as set forth in Sections 17.42.020 and 17.42.025.

B.  Except as set forth in paragraph E. below, no person shall be granted a permit to install, construct, reconstruct, repair, alter or maintain facilities for the distribution, transmission or collection of sewer, water, gas, petroleum products, steam, electricity, telecommunications, or other service and any associated wires, cables, poles, conduits, appliances or apparatus in, on, over, through or in any manner beneath the surface of the streets unless that person currently possesses a franchise or privilege granted by the City of Portland or is a City bureau charged with providing such service to the public to generate, transmit or provide any such service including but not limited to electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, sewer, water, stormwater, and pipeline services within the City.

C.  Except for street or transportation facility construction and maintenance work done by or under contract with Bureau of Transportation, and except for work allowed to be performed Sections 17.42.020 and 17.42.025, it is unlawful for any person to do any work or perform any act as set forth in this Title without first obtaining a permit.  It is unlawful for any person to break up, dig up, cut, excavate or fill in any street or to construct any sidewalk, curb, gutter or to do any work in or upon any street or in any way to tamper with hard surface pavements without first obtaining a permit therefor and paying the fee prescribed in Section 17.24.020.  The permit shall be obtained from the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation unless specifically provided otherwise in this Title.

D.  The failure of any permittee to comply with any and all permit conditions or related Code and Charter provisions while doing work in the street area shall be reasonable cause for revocation of the permit.  Upon revocation of the permit the City may complete the work and charge such costs to the permittee.

E.  Licensed plumbing contractors having a valid plumbing permit to install water service lines and a valid authorization from the Portland Water Bureau to connect to a public water meter may obtain permits to install water service lines between the property line and the public water meter.

F.  The Director of the Bureau of Transportation may issue permits to the Bureau of Environmental Services for street openings to facilitate connections to public sewers and to install, repair and replace sewer mains, laterals, necessary appurtenances and drainage facilities constructed through public and local improvement procedures.  The Bureau of Environmental Services shall obtain permits from the Director of the Bureau of Transportation for use of the street area in accordance with the schedule of fees set forth in Section 17.24.020.

G.  The Director of the Bureau of Transportation may issue permits to the Portland Water Bureau for street openings to facilitate connections to the public water system and to install, repair, and replace water mains, laterals, and necessary appurtenances.  The Bureau of Water Works shall obtain permits from the Director of the Bureau of Transportation for use of the street area in accordance with the schedule of fees set forth in Section 17.24.020.

H.  The Director of the Bureau of Transportation may issue permits to a Public Utility for street openings to facilitate connections to the public utilities systems and to allow the Public Utility to install, repair, and replace its poles, mains, laterals, and necessary appurtenances.  A Public Utility shall obtain permits from the Director of the Bureau of Transportation for use of the street area in accordance with the schedule of fees set forth in Section 17.24.020.

I.  When immediate repairs to an existing at grade, underground or overhead installation become necessary as the result of an emergency or accident involving public hazard or interruption of service to subscribers or customers, the emergency repairs may be started or made without permit after notice to the Director of the Bureau of Transportation.  The owner of such facilities shall apply for appropriate permits as soon as possible, not to exceed two (2) business days following discovery of the emergency.