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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

More Contact Info

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

  • Holiday Closure - Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 (Labor Day) Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available on Development Hub PDX

  • 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 (Plans Examiner June 2019) 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.

  • 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Aug 13

    Proposed Administrative Rule on Specifications for On-Site Notices (Signs) on Future Development Sites

    On May 8, 2019, City Council adopted amendments to Portland City Code Title 33 relating to the Neighborhood Contact Requirement for certain projects. The updated code goes into effect on December 2, 2019.

  4. Jul 8

    Title 4 Original Art Murals, Recommended Amendments

    The Bureau of Development Services, in partnership with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will propose a set of code amendments to the Portland City Council on August 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. The amendments are intended to allow murals in more locations around the City. Read the recommended code changes and administrative rule updates for more information.

  5. Jul 1

    BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Aug 19

    New Code Guide for Additional Dwelling Units within Townhouses

    Effective September 16, 2019: BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses.

  2. Jul 18

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

  3. Jul 17

    News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants

    News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants Effective immediately, there are changes to the process for Property Line Adjustments (PLAs) for new applications or submitted applications that have not already received a checksheet.

  4. Jul 11

    Electronic Plan Review Available for All Process Managed Permits

    The Bureau of Development Services has rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019.

  5. Jul 1

    Try Development Hub PDX Now!

    Our new online permitting tool, Development Hub PDX, is now available to customers! DevHub will fully replace Permits Online as of August 1st.

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


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


7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm


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.