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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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  • Translated Documents The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access to the benefits of municipal programs and services for all Portland residents, regardless of their proficiency in English.

  • View the Latest Edition of the Plans Examiner (November/December 2017) A bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland.

  • Visiting the Development Services Center? Please check the Development Services Center Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting. We look forward to serving you!

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions and Pre-Application Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects.

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

News & Events View all »

  1. Jan 4

    New State Building Codes

    The State of Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD) released new editions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and the Oregon Plumbing Code. Any permits issued in 2018 must meet the new code requirements, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

  2. Oct 16

    Second Floor Permit Center Remodel

    With construction starting on October 13 and continuing throughout the fall and winter, the second story Permit Center will be going through a remodel to better serve our customers.

  3. Sep 29

    The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

  4. Sep 22

    Commercial Building Permits: Electric Vehicle Parking

    Electric vehicle ready parking shall be provided for new parking facilities where 50 or more open parking spaces are proposed

  5. Sep 22

    Commercial Building Permits: Kitchen Exhaust Systems

    Changes to mechanical permit requirements regarding kitchen exhaust systems for new construction

Service Updates View all »

  1. Oct 16

    City to allow RVs, tiny homes on wheels on private property with conditions

    Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades..."

  2. Sep 26

    Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Corrections

    Effective November 1, 2017

  3. Sep 22

    Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

    Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

  4. Jul 27

    Tenant Improvement Permits: Timing of Core/Shell and TI Permits

    BDS has determined that TI permits may also be issued when a core/shell permit meets Substantial Completion Guidelines.

  5. Jun 19

    Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

    Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email

Hours of Operation

General Office:

Monday through Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

The Development Service Center
(1st Floor):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm


7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Residential Permit Night - Thursdays 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Service hours for homeowners, tenants and their Residential Permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm


8:00 am — 12:00 pm