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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 (May/June 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 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. May 24

    Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn Presentation on Portland's Zoning Code — The Basics

    Friday, June 2, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration is not required) Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center - Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor) 2020 SW 4th Ave • Portland, OR, 97201

  2. May 5

    BDS Notifications now include Translation and Interpretation Information

    In an effort to increase and improve public access to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), starting on February 1, 2017, notifications for land use review cases, enforcement cases, and residential demolitions include information about how to request language translation or other accommodations.

  3. Apr 28

    The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Persons to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

    Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. We are requesting that applications be submitted by Friday, May 12, 2017.

  4. Apr 7

    Changes to Tree Preservation Requirements in Development Situations Effective April 14, 2017

    Amendments to Title 11 (Tree Code) tree preservation requirements in development situations administered by the Bureau of Development Services were approved by the Portland City Council March 15, 2017. These changes, which help clarify language and ease implementation, will go into effect on April 14, 2017.

  5. Mar 15

    Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn Presentation on Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) Regulations

    Friday, March 24, 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

Service Updates View all »

  1. May 22

    Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 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.

  2. Apr 26

    Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

    Effective May 1, 2017 - Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process.

  3. Mar 21

    Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

    Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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