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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

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  • 9 a.m. Delayed Opening - Dec. 10, 2019 Due to our annual bureau-wide employee gathering, the DSC (1st floor), Permitting Services (2nd floor), Reception Desk (5th floor) and customer waiting areas in the Jacobs building will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2019

  • 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. Dec 5

    Development Services Center and Permitting Services will be CLOSED all day on Thursdays starting December 19 until March 2020

    Why this change in our schedule? The Bureau of Development Services and our other agency partners are upgrading the software used to manage the review, permitting, and inspection processes of building and development projects.

  2. Dec 2

    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.

  3. Nov 27

    Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension

    RPN is being temporarily suspended due to the implementation of our new web-based plan review software that is placing additional demands on our staff.

  4. Nov 26

    Updated: 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.

  5. Nov 21

    All Permits Must Meet Requirements of Adopted 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Starting January 1, 2020

    The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

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.