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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check

Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check allows proposed projects or sites to be reviewed for compliance with the Zoning Code prior to applying for a building permit. An applicant may have a proposed project and submit a site plan with elevations. Alternatively, an applicant may receive a summary of applicable development standards for a site without a specific development proposal or proposed site plans. 


Early Zoning Standards Review Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check is optional. However, it is recommended for large and/or complex projects to:

  • Ensure development standards are met;
  • Identify any possible land use reviews; and/or
  • Determine whether the Community Design Standards can be met for sites in the Design 'd' overlay zone.

Submittal Requirements

  • Early Assistance Application
  • Written project description
  • Fee 
  • Site Plans (1 set to scale; 1 copy 8.5x11")
  • Building Elevations (if appropriate) (1 copy)
  • Finished floor elevation

Submit Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check in the Development Services Center. 

Who Reviews? 

A land use planner reviews plans for Zoning Code compliance. Review does not include any other bureaus or agencies. 

Results: Within 3 weeks of request, Land Use planner mails a summary outlining development standards and identifying any required land use reviews. Applicant then applies for pre-application conference (required for a Type III or Type IV land use review), land use review or building permit (if a land use review is not required).