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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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  • Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (May/June 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.

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  • 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. Jun 23

    Update to Demolition Delay at 5128 NE Rodney

    The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has received many inquiries about the alleged demolition work occurring during the demolition delay period at 5128 NE Rodney Street.

  2. May 26

    Portland Releases New Data on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs) Vulnerable During an Earthquake

    The City of Portland recently released a map and database showing the locations of around 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings – or URMs – vulnerable from shaking during an earthquake if not structurally retrofitted.

  3. May 18

    Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) Customer Advisory Committee Seeks Additional Members

    The ITAP Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately 12 members who represent a variety of interests.

  4. May 9

    Demolition Delay of Unranked HRI Properties Ordinance

    On May 4, 2016, the City Council passed an emergency ordinance ensuring that “unranked” properties listed on the Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) are not exempt from the residential demolition delay provisions of City Code.

  5. May 6

    Spring 2016 Landlord Training Program

    The Bureau of Development Services partners with the Portland Police Bureau and other City offices to provide current, effective information on property management to ensure safe, crime free rental properties.

BDS Service Level Updates View all »

  1. Jun 24

    Holiday Closure Monday, July 4, 2016: Observance of Independence Day

    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. Jun 22

    City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

    As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

  3. Jun 21

    Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

    The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers.

  4. May 26

    Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

    Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

  5. May 23

    Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 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.

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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


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

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 »