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Public Comments Requested on Making Temporary Public Works Permitting Rules Permanent

City of Portland Requests Public Comments on

Making Temporary Public Works Permitting Rules Permanent

No request for a hearing was received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday October 10th; therefore the tentative hearing scheduled for Thursday October 13th has been cancelled.  

The City of Portland’s Public Works Bureaus (Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Water Bureau) ask the public to comment on proposed administrative rules that would make permanent certain elements of the City’s Public Works Permitting Program that were piloted starting in July 2013.  A public works permit is a permit issued by the City of Portland to a person to construct property or developer-initiated improvements in a public right-of-way located within the City.

The goal of the proposed rules is to increase the predictability of public works permit fees and timelines associated with the design phase of public works projects.  The proposed rules are the culmination of several years of collaborative work by the City’s public works bureaus, representatives of the development community, and City Council.  The proposed rules and a fact sheet are available for review and download from the links below:

Proposed Public Works Permitting Rules

Public Works Permitting Rules Fact Sheet

Public comments on the proposal will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. on September 26, 2016, to 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016.  Please submit comments in writing by emailing them to Public Works Permitting staff at

A hearing on this rulemaking will be held by request only.  A hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room B of the Portland Building, at 1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland, OR 97204. The City will cancel the tentative hearing if it receives no hearing request by 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2016, and will post a cancellation notice on this webpage.  A person may request a hearing by sending an email to or calling Public Works Permitting staff at 503-823-1987.

For more information, please see the fact sheet and proposed rules at the webpage linked above.  You may also email or call Public Works Permitting staff at 503-823-1987.