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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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Development Services Center

The Bureau of Development Services' Development Services Center (DSC) is designed to provide you with the services and expertise you'll need to complete Portland's permitting processes. Located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, First Floor, Portland, OR 97201, the DSC has street parking and parking garage options nearby and is accessible by Trimet

Entrance to 1900 Building.

  • All services are offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • We encourage visitors to arrive as early as possible within the service availability timeframes
  • As you arrive in the DSC, please check in at the front counter so we can assist you in accessing the services you require.
  • We also offer appointments to be made with certain staff for a fee. Request a DSC Time Certain appointment online.
  • All building permit submittals must be applied for in person. We do not accept mailed in applications.


Have questions? Call or visit the Development Services Center. 

We have staff to answer your permit process, land use, research and code questions. To Contact the Bureau of Development Services, please call one of the numbers listed below.

 Section Phone
Permitting Services
Planning and Zoning
Plan Review
Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical Trade Permits
Sign Permits 503-823-7996
Site Development 503-823-6892
Structural Engineering
Addressing 503-823-1332
Permit Status via voicemail
503-823-7000 (4)

Service Availability

 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays


One and Two-Family Residence Permit Intake

Intake for one and two-family residential projects requires a completed NSFR packet (new construction of Accessory Dwelling Units are included).

 8 a.m. to
2 p.m.

8 a.m. to
11 a.m.

Building Permit submittal

The First and Second Screen windows are open starting at 7:30 a.m. for submittal.

7:30 a.m. to
3 p.m.

7:30 a.m. 
to 12 p.m.

Building Permit review

All BDS and interagency partner review counters open at 8 a.m. Make sure you allow time for BDS staff to complete their review by the close of business. If review is not completed by close of business, you will be required to return another business day to continue the process.

8 a.m. to
3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits

You can purchase Simple Trade Permits online 24/7 for immediate scheduling of inspections the next business day.

8 a.m. to
3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Land Use Review Intake

It takes about an hour to finish the intake of a complete Land Use Review application.

8 a.m. to 
3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

General Customer Questions and Inquiries

8 a.m. to
3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Interagency Partners (Bureau of Envinromental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and the Water Bureau)

8 a.m. to
3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Permitting Services Center (2nd Floor at the 1900 Building)

Assists with Checksheet responses, as well as pickup and drop-off of facilities permits (FPP). View our daily pre-issuance status list.

8 a.m. to
3 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to
12 p.m.

 Urban Forestry Tree Permits

Starting July 9, 2019, Urban Forestry staff will be available in the Development Services Center during these updated hours:                                                                                          

Monday  8 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday                                 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday                           12:30 to 3 p.m.
Thursday                            8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday     8 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Click here to visit the Urban Forestry webpage. 

Residential Permit Night

Staff from Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Water Bureau are available on the first and third Thursday evenings of the month.


5 to
7:30 p.m.

Location & Parking

1900 SW 4th Avenue, First Floor, Portland, OR 97201

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