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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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  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (January/February 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.

  • Translated Documents

  • Visiting the DSC? Please check our DSC Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting the DSC.

  • 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. Start Now!

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

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 27

    Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn Presentation on Inclusionary Housing Program

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration is not required) Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

  2. Jan 13

    New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

    The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range.

  3. Dec 20

    Portland Bureau of Transportation Road Map for Private Electric Utility Vaults in the ROW

    This policy will be going into effect on January 1, 2017.

  4. Nov 16

    Proposed Changes to Enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rental Requirements

    The City of Portland is proposing to change response to violations of Accessory Short Term Rental requirements in an effort to achieve greater compliance with current rules.

  5. Nov 15

    Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Administrative Rule: Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement

    A public hearing on the proposed administrative rule will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, 12:00-2:00 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 4a (4th floor).

Service Updates View all »

  1. Feb 15

    Beginning March 31, 2017 Violations of City Short Term Rental Requirements will be Issued Citations

    The adopted Administrative Rule provides BDS the authority to issue citations for violations of the Portland Zoning Code ASTR regulations.

  2. Feb 15

    Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 2017

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  3. Jan 26

    Updated with Potential Service Impacts: Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

    On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017.

  4. Jan 10

    Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  5. Dec 21

    Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

    Beginning February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes.

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

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm


8:00 am — 12:00 pm