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Portland, Oregon

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Step 2 - Concept Development

Portland's Public Works Permit Process 

STEP 2 – Concept Development and Review of Plans

Before you begin to invest significant engineering and technical resources into the design of your project, the City requires that you meet with public works permitting staff to review and refine your development concept based on your development goals, the conditions of your development site, and the required public works and infrastructure improvements to serve your development.

During this step in the permitting process, the City requires detailed information about your development site, planned land uses, topography, soils, adjacent public rights-of-way, encroachments, intended connections to City water and sewer infrastructure, and detailed calculations for preliminary stormwater and sanitary sewer designs. The City collects a deposit when you request this concept development meeting.

CAUTION: Make sure that the forms and plans that you file are complete and accurately reflect your development objectives. The City will charge you additional deposits if you need to request additional meetings to complete this step in the permitting process.

At the successful end of concept development, the City will sign-off on your concept development plans and provide a detailed, not-to-exceed statement of estimated permit fees for your project. The estimate will be based on actual and usual time and effort for each of the remaining steps in the permit process. Also, the City will provide an estimate for construction inspection fees and the amount for any financial guarantees required before the City public works bureaus will sign off on your development plans (building permits, final plats, etc.)

Request a Concept Development Meeting

You request a concept development meeting by filing concept development engineering plans along with a deposit (based on the permit type) and the following three completed forms:

Please call the Public Works Permitting hotline at 503-823-1987 or email for more information.