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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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  • Holiday Closure - Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) Access to simple trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available on Development Hub PDX

  • Click here to see the February 2020 schedule of availability

  • 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. 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. Jan 13

    New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

    Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting and Inspections services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 a.m.

  2. Jan 10

    City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

    On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

  3. Jan 6

    Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings

    QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

  4. Dec 31

    City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

    Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property.

  5. Dec 17

    New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

    Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

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