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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

City Initiative Petition Procedures

The initiative petition process provides registered voters of the City with a vehicle to refer legislation to a vote of the people. Initiatives may propose new legislation or make amendments to the City Code or Charter. After completing the prospective petition process, petitioners are able to begin the signature gathering process. If the required number of valid signatures are gathered, the measure will be placed on the ballot. If it passes with a majority of the vote, it becomes law.

The City initiative process is governed by the Oregon Constitution, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Portland City Charter and Portland City Code.

NOTE: Only legislation which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Portland may be initiated through the City's initiative petition process. Residents are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure that their intended legislation is under the jurisdiction of the City.


Article IV, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution, Section 3-201 of the Portland City Charter, and Section 2.04.040 of the City Code give electors of the City of Portland the ability to initiate city legislation through the initiative petition process.

Please contact the City Elections Officer at 503-823-3546 for further information.

City Initiative Petition Information Packet

Describes in detail how to file an initiative petition - includes filing forms (Updated May 2019)

Specific City Initiative Petition Regulations

City requirements and regulations governing the initiative petition process

Initiative Process

Step-by-step description of the City Initiative Process

Initiative Signature Requirements

Information regarding the number of signature required to place an initiative petition on the ballot

Initiative Signature Deadlines

Information regarding the filing deadlines for initiative petitions