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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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Work with Development Services Online, by Phone, or Email.

To schedule an appointment to submit your plans electronically (one permit per appointment), please email or call 503-823-4092 and leave a message. We need all the following information to set up an appointment:

  • Your name, email and phone number
  • If you’re calling for the applicant, leave their name, email and phone number
  • Description of the work
  • Valuation of the work being done
  • Approximate number of pages in your plan drawings
  • Project address
  • Permit or IVR number (if available)

Construction code regulations affect all construction and most site development activity. This page contains links to identify current permit and inspections types, and code-related information and services. Select from the following topics.

Which Bureaus are involved in Permitting?

Site Development/Septic Permits

The Site Development Program oversees plan review and inspections related to stormwater, sanitation, erosion control, tree preservation and environmental soils.

Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program

Designed to serve contractors who perform recurring alteration and additional work in 1 or 2 family dwellings

Commercial Permits

Links to additional information for commercial projects including tri-plexes, apartments, condominiums developments with three or more attached units and other commercial projects. Select the project type that applies to you.

Electrical, Mechanical & Plumbing Permits

Permits to install, replace, or repair electrical, mechanical, plumbing fixtures or systems.


Inspections on industrial, commercial, residential and single family construction projects. Select the inspection type that applies to you.

Updated Federal Communication Commission Rules for Personal Wireless Service Facility Permit Applications

In response to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent order – effective January 2019 – related to the deployment of personal wireless service facilities, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has created a new intake and review process for personal wireless service facility applications.

Other Subjects

Ponds, water features, swimming pools and hot tubs