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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

  • 9 a.m. Delayed Opening - Dec. 11, 2018 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 CH2M building will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2018

  • Lunch & Learn - Plan Review Windows: Shifting to a More Efficient Plan Review Process (live streaming will be available)

  • Development Review Process & Life of a Permit Video

  • Learn more about new demolition requirements, what documentation is needed for a permit, proper dust mitigation and site control measures for your project and the associated enforcement.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • View the Latest Edition of the Plans Examiner (September/October 2018) 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.

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

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

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

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. Nov 13

    Amendments to Title 4, Original Art Murals, Meeting to Discuss Potential Changes

    The first meeting to discuss changes to Title 4 is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bureau of Development Services, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, Conference Room 4A.

  2. Aug 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.

  3. Jul 13

    Adopted administrative rule gives clearer guidance on when major public trail improvements are required

    If you apply to develop or redevelop one of more than 550 properties with a major public trail designation on the City of Portland’s Official Zoning Map, you may be required to grant an easement and make trail improvements as part of your project.

  4. Jul 2

    Changes to Requirements Around Residential Demolitions, Major Residential Alterations and Additions

    The following changes regarding residential demolitions and major residential alterations and additions became effective as of July 1, 2018: Definition of demolition & Documentation

  5. Jun 27

    City Council Extends the SDC Waiver for ADUs, with Conditions

    City Council passed an ordinance on June 27, 2018 to extend a waiver of system development charges (SDCs) for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with additional requirements to contribute to Portland’s housing capacity.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Dec 7

    Delayed Opening on Dec. 11, 2018

    9 a.m. opening due to our Annual Bureau-wide Employee Gathering & Appreciation event

  2. Nov 15

    Updated Policies on Permit Extensions, Abandonment and Expiration, and Reactivation Requests and New Online Requests

    The program guide for policies on when permits may be extended, when they are abandoned or expire, and when they may be reactivated after expiration has been updated.

  3. Oct 26

    Coming Soon: A More Efficient Plan Review Process

    Over the next year, the City is phasing in a new more efficient plan review process for all types of building permits. This new process will establish dedicated windows of uninterrupted time for City staff to perform plan review.

  4. Oct 26

    Updates to Sign Submittal Requirements

    In an effort to improve our customer service interactions, ensure successful sign submittals and reduce review times, the following information is being provided to assist our customers.

  5. Oct 22

    Policy for Extensions on Residential Demolition Permits

    The following BDS policy is effective October 18, 2018. It outlines the BDS policy for granting extensions on residential demolition permits.

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:

Service hours for homeowners, tenants and their residential permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)


5:00 pm — 7:30 pm