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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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BDS Permits Online

This online permitting system provides a way to:

  • Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review. For other permits, please go to the Permits page.
  • Pay for your permits
  • View the permits you obtain using Permits Online
  • Schedule and review inspections

Once you have purchased your permit and used the IVR system to schedule an inspection, view daily Residential Inspection Route Slips for your 2-hour window of inspection.

The new Online Permitting System requires you to have a unique PortlandOnline account. PortlandOnline account is free and protected by the City's Privacy Policy.

If you already have an account, you can Buy or Manage electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.
For new users, see tips for creating an account - Create a New Account.

The Bureau of Development Services, which is located at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, issues building permits, performs land use reviews, and promotes compliance with the zoning codes and the state-adopted construction codes.

The permitting and inspection services provided by the Bureau of Development Services encompass the entire City of Portland and some unincorporated pockets of Multnomah County. Note that other cities such as Oregon City, Milwaukie, Estacada, Gresham, and Lake Oswego as well as other counties such as Clackamas County and Washington County issue their own permits.

To view a complete list of permits applied for on a property since January 2000, please use our Permit Search tool. To obtain information on permits applied for prior to January 2000, please visit the Development Services Center.