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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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How to Write Your Appeal

The Building Code Appeal process is a relatively quick way to receive a formal response to requests for:

  • An alternative way to meet the intent of a code provision (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing or floating structures code) when compliance with the letter of the code isn’t feasible.

  • Confirmation of an interpretation of code language from the Building Official.

If you are thinking of making an appeal, you should consult with plan reviewers or inspectors prior to submitting an appeal for assistance identifying code requirements and possible alternative solutions that could be approved. Please note there are other types of appeals that have their own processes:

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Prepare Your Appeal

This is what you need to know about preparing an appeal.

Filing Your Appeal

Learn how to file and pay for your Appeal. You can do it all online!

Appeal Results and Records

View recent Appeals and access Appeal records.

Applications and Handouts

If you can't do it online, you can download the Appeal Forms to fill out and print.