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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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  • Translated Documents

  • 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.

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions & Pre-App 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. Start Now!

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 13

    Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

    Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.

  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. Jun 20

    Effective July 1, 2017 Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Non-structural Components and Designated Seismic Systems

    BDS will require seismic certification and special inspections only for new construction or on existing buildings when the system is upgraded, equipment is replaced, or a change of occupancy occurs whereby the building is reclassified to a Risk Category III or IV.

  2. 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.

  3. Jun 12

    New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

    Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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 Service 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