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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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  • Lunch & Learn - Zoning Code Updates in the Central City - Development in the Central City Plan District

  • 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 (May/June 2018) 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. Jun 15

    Changes to Demolition Code could affect your Residential Projects

    If you plan to do work involving residential demolitions, additions or alterations, you should be aware of an ordinance that the City Council passed on June 13, 2018, which simplifies some definitions, adds dust control requirements for major alterations using heavy equipment, and makes other technical changes to the Demolition Code.

  2. May 25

    Proposed Administrative Rules for Residential Demolitions

    You may have seen that Portland City Council passed an ordinance in February 2018 to address asbestos and lead-based paint in residential demolitions. While the ordinance took effect immediately, the implementation will happen July 1.

  3. May 25

    Proposed Administrative Rule Would Offer Clearer Guidance on Requirements for Major Public Trail Improvements

    If you apply to develop or redevelop one of more than 550 properties with a major public trail designation on the City of Portland’s Official Zoning Map, you may be required to grant an easement and make trail improvements as part of your project.

  4. May 15

    Do You Know How Code Updates to Implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan May Affect You?

    Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect on May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. It’s a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments.

  5. Mar 1

    Online Appeals Payment Portal

    Effective March 1, 2018 – The Bureau of Development Services is announcing a new online payment portal for building code appeals, in an effort to be more helpful to customers who qualify for an appeal.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Jun 12

    Development Services Center will be closed the evening of July 5, 2018

    The Development Services Center (DSC) is suspending Residential Permit Night on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to staffing issues from the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

  2. May 9

    Changes Coming to the DSC on May 14 to Reduce Wait Times

    Starting May 14, 2018, BDS staff will be piloting a change to help reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC)

  3. May 7

  4. Mar 19

    Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Update on SDCs for Residential Additions

    Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.

  5. Mar 12

    Important deadline for tax credits on Solar energy systems purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2017

    The Oregon Department of Energy provides residential homeowners with up to a $6,000 tax credit for their 2017 taxes (with credit taken over four years) for the installation of solar energy systems. In order to qualify for this tax credit, individual projects need to have installation completed and final permits issued by the City of Portland by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Only homeowners who purchased solar systems by Dec. 31, 2017, are eligible for the tax credits.

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 bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Hours of Operation

General Office:

Monday through Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

The Development Services Center
(1st Floor):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm

Thursdays

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

Thursdays

8:00 am — 12:00 pm