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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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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 16

    BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for people interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

  2. Dec 11

    Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019

    This fall, Portland City Council appointed 27 Portlanders with diverse backgrounds and interests to a new work group on unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. On December 17, the URM Building Work Group will hold its first meeting, kicking off a new City initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings.

  3. Dec 11

  4. Aug 28

    Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

    BDS is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207.

  5. Aug 23

    Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations.

    A new proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Feb 21

    BDS to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

    On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020.

  2. Feb 21

    Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

    The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement.

  3. Feb 10

    (Updated) BDS Adopts Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Rule

    BDS has adopted an Interim Demolition Administrative Rule, effective February 10, 2020, that revises the inspection requirements for demolitions of structures used for residential purposes with four or fewer dwelling units and any detached accessory structures with a floor area over 200 square feet on the same site.

  4. Jan 23

    Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

    The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

  5. Jan 13

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 Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Development Services Center Review Counters, including interagency partners (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm



*Hours may vary per specific interagency partner, please click link for specific interagency desk hours

Development Services Center 1st and 2nd Screen Submittal Counters (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm



Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm