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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Phone: 503-823-5185

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Voluntary Sidewalk Repair Permits

Minor Improvement Permits for Voluntary Sidewalk, Driveway, and Curb Repairs


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Overview

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Permit Fees

Inspections & Consultations

Pictures of Common Repairs and Damage

Standard Drawings

Detailed Information

Contact


Overview

Owners of Property within the City of Portland are responsible for the maintenance and repair of any sidewalks, driveways, and curbs adjacent to the property that they own. A Minor Improvement Permit is required from the Bureau of Transportation before beginning any voluntary demolition or repair work and is issued by site. Repairs at multiple sites require one permit per site; for example, repairs at two adjacent homes would require one permit for each home. The amount of work that can be completed under this permit is limited and some larger repairs may require a different type of permit. 

The Minor Improvement Permit is not available for properties that have been "posted" by the Bureau of Maintenance for mandatory repairs; please visit the Sidewalk Maintenance Program webpage if your property has received a Sidewalk Repair Notice or for more information on this program.

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Apply - Online or at the Development Services Center

A Minor Improvement Permit can be applied for online by completing and emailing this application. By applying online you can avoid wait times at the City of Portland's Development Services Center and we will email you when your permit is available for pick-up and payment. Permits applied for online are written within two business days from the time of application approval.

If you would prefer to apply for your permit in-person or if need your permit to be issued the same day then you can apply in-person at the Development Services Center. Please be aware that there can be wait times for permits applied for in-person as we work with applicants on other permits and projects.

The Development Services Center is located at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue and is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8AM until 3PM and on Thursday from 8AM until 2PM.

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Permit Fees

For applications received July 1st 2013 through June 30th 2014

  • $60.00 minimum fee and $200.00 maximum fee per permit
  • $0.70 per square foot for sidewalk and driveway work
  • $1.04 per linear foot for curb work

For applications received July 1st 2014 through June 30th 2015

  • $60.00 minimum fee and $200.00 maximum fee per permit
  • $0.80 per square foot for sidewalk and driveway work
  • $1.09 per linear foot for curb work

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Inspections & Consultations

All repairs and construction within the public right-of-way require a passing final inspection before the permitted work is considered complete. A Minor Improvement Permit requires an inspection of the concrete forms or pavement base before pouring concrete or paving and a second inspection after completing the permitted work. In some cases, your inspector may require any additional inspections that they deem necessary.

If tree roots are exposed by your repair and the tree roots or tree base would need to be cut or otherwise impacted in order to a make the repair then you will also need an inspection by the City Forrester before you build your concrete forms or place your base. Based on their inspection, it may not be possible to cut or disturb the tree roots. If unable to cut the tree roots then you will need to consult with your Minor Improvement Permit inspector before you build your concrete forms or place your base.

The Minor Improvement Permit inspector is available for consultations before you get your permit by calling 503-823-7002x1. You can get answers to questions such as how extensive of a repair might be required, what areas of sidewalk don't meet City maintenance standards, and how to solve unique problems or address specific conflicts with existing infrastructure. The City Forestry inspector can be reached for questions regarding trees at 503-823-4489. 

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Pictures of Common Repairs and Damage

 

Driveway reconstruction 

 

Replacement of damaged sidewalk panels

 

Replacement of damaged curb

 

Repair of curb-tight sidewalk

 

Damage caused by tree roots

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Standard Drawings

The below standard drawings provide a reference for design and construction of sidewalk, curbs, and driveways. There are multiple standard drawings for driveways and the appropriate standard for your location will be selected City staff. The final design and construction details are determined by the inspector for your permit.

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Detailed Information

This document has more detailed information regarding sidewalk repairs, permits, work types, inspection, and other items.

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Contact

If you have any question or need to contact us we can be reached by telephone at 503-823-7002 option 3 or by email at PBOTsidewalkpermit@portlandoregon.gov.

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