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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

More Contact Info

  • Holiday Closure - Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 (Veterans Day) Access to BDS Permits Online for simple trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available on Development Hub PDX

  • Get the job done online with Development Hub PDX Apply, pay and schedule inspections for some permits online using DevHub

  • Interested in getting a bathroom permit without drawing plans? With Simple Bathroom Permits, installing a bathroom in an existing area in your house has never been easier. Click here to learn more!

  • Remote Video Re-inspection (RVR) You can complete simple re-inspections via a Skype video call with City of Portland Inspectors!

  • Watch The Life of A Permit to learn how permitting works!

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects.

  • 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!

  • Read the latest news about BDS We publish the "Plans Examiner" to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies and events in the City of Portland.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • 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.

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

  • Learn more about POPS The Portland Online Permitting (POPS) program will modernize our current permitting system into an online, enhanced customer service delivery system.

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. Oct 31

    BDS Announces Search for a Volunteer to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

    Announces Search for a Volunteer to Serve on the Adjustment Committee The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Aug 19

    City Seeking Input on the City of Portland Erosion Manual and Sediment Control Manual

    BDS, together with BES, wants your input on the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual in preparation for an update to the manual.

  5. Aug 13

    Civil Disturbance Possible in Downtown Portland on August 17, 2019

    City officials are preparing for a large protest on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the downtown core of Portland. The protest is expected to remain in the downtown area, although activity may extend to adjacent areas, such as the Central Eastside. The timing of the event is not certain. A large police presence will be downtown to secure public safety.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Nov 4

    ProjectDox Version Update Occurring Friday, November 8th

    The Electronic Plan Review system (ProjectDox) will be unavailable starting at noon on November 8, 2019 for a version update. ProjectDox should be fully functional on Monday, November 11, 2019.

  2. Nov 4

    Bicycle Parking Code Update & Proposed Fee Increase

    The need for the LUS fee increase is from covering the cost of increased time to review building permit plans for the new bike parking regulations. The fee increase is proposed to take effect on March 1, 2020, when the bike parking regulations take effect.

  3. Oct 28

    City Council Considering Extension of Sunset Date for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

    City Council adopted amendments to Title 11, Trees, in 2016 to strengthen regulations pertaining to free preservation (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. The amendments were adopted with a scheduled end date of December 31, 2019.

  4. Oct 23

    New Deadline on Building Code Appeal Applications

    Effective Thursday, November 7, 2019 the deadline for submitting a building code appeal changes from Monday to Thursday. The City must be in receipt of a building code appeal application no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday for an appeal request to be reviewed by the board the following Wednesday.

  5. Oct 8

    Notice of New Portland Bureau of Transportation Administrative Rule TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions

    PBOT is seeking to adopt a new administrative rule. TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions clarifies under what conditions curb extensions will be required in relation to corner reconstruction.

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 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

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 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

Thursday

7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Residential Permit Night:

Extended service hours for homeowners, tenants and their residential permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)

1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month 5 — 7:30 p.m.