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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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The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability, and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

What do we do?

Development review is an evaluation of how land is used and how buildings are designed and constructed. Planners use the Zoning Code as a tool to determine the use of land and characteristics of buildings, while plan reviewers and engineers use Building Codes to determine safe and acceptable construction methods. BDS staff along with other City of Portland Bureau staff are involved with development review.