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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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  • Visiting the DSC? Please check our DSC Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting the DSC.

  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (January/February 2016) 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.

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

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

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

BDS News View all »

  1. Feb 9

    Lunch & Learn: Affordable Housing Program for New Development in Portland

    Friday, February 19, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

  2. Jan 25

    Affordable Housing and Development Incentives

    The Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau work together collaboratively to provide information to the public on incentives for new affordable housing development and rehabilitation of existing properties.

  3. Jan 7

    Free Presentation and Discussion: PortlandMaps Beta Project

    January 14, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Office - 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland OR

  4. Dec 29

    Effective January 4, 2016: New Accessory Structure Zoning Code Regulations

    On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 33, Portland Zoning Code as part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Regulatory Improvement Program, Accessory Structures Project.

  5. Dec 22

    Notice of Urban Forestry Commission Hearing for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Tree Preservation in Development Situations

    The Urban Forestry Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 and begins at 6:00 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500B.

BDS Service Level Updates View all »

  1. Feb 8

    Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, 2016

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  2. Jan 20

    Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

    Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

  3. Jan 11

    Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

  4. Dec 7

    BDS Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of our upcoming Holiday closure schedule.

  5. Sep 1

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

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursdays

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Learn more about ITAP

The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) will move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow complete, online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services. Learn more »