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Upcoming FREE Lunch & Learn Presentation on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) & The Zoning Code

Friday, November 17, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration is not required) Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center - Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor) 2020 SW 4th Ave • Portland, OR, 97201

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Join the Bureau of Development Services Staff for a FREE Presentation and Discussion on

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) & The Zoning Code

Friday, November 17, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm
(Registration is not required)

Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center - Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor)
2020 SW 4th Ave •  Portland, OR, 97201

ADU

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a popular housing option that allows property owners to create a small additional housing unit on their properties. The zoning code regulates the size, location and development standards for both detached and internal ADUs. Please join our Lunch and Learn presentation to learn how different zoning regulations affect the development of ADUs.

Topics discussed will include:

  • What is an ADU?
  • Where does the city allow ADUs?
  • What development standards apply to ADUs?
  • How do different zones affect my ability to construct an ADU?
  • Can my ADU be a short-term or long-term rental?
  • What resources does the City provide to help answer specific questions?

Presented by the Bureau of Development Services.

If you have questions about the event, contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

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Second Floor Permit Center Remodel

With construction starting on October 13 and continuing throughout the fall and winter, the second story Permit Center will be going through a remodel to better serve our customers.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
October 16, 2017

Second Floor Permit Center Remodel

Temporary SignageWith construction starting on October 13 and continuing throughout the fall and winter, the second story Permit Center will be going through a remodel to better serve our customers. Construction times will only occur after 4:30 p.m. during the week and on weekends to minimize interference with our work. To better serve you, we ask that you follow the temporary signage in and around the Permit Center.

Below is a diagram of the current layout and routing of foot traffic.

2nd Floor - phase 1 floorplan


For more information, please contact Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Section Manager at (503) 823-3622 or Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov.

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The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 29, 2017

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

 

Sept. 29, 2017 – The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.
 
The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large-scale infill and new development proposals in Historic and Conservation Districts. They also review large proposals for alterations to existing landmarks and to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts, as well as appeals of smaller-scale proposals to existing landmarks and alterations to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts. The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, during normal business hours. Occasionally, meetings may go in to the evening hours; Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
 
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following areas: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large. All members must have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation.
 
Currently, one position is available. It may fall either within the category of “architect,” “public-at-large” or within the open category of landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community, development, urban planning, archaeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines.  We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted by Friday Oct. 27, 2017.
 
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter or a resume’ describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience.

For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, contact Hillary Adam with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-3581, or hillary.adam@portlandoregon.gov.
 
Anyone interested should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Commercial Building Permits: Electric Vehicle Parking

Electric vehicle ready parking shall be provided for new parking facilities where 50 or more open parking spaces are proposed

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 22, 2017

Commercial Building Permits: Electric vehicle ready parking shall be provided for new parking facilities where 50 or more open parking spaces are proposed

Effective October 1, 2017,the State of Oregon will enact a program that requires electric vehicle infrastructure to be installed to new parking facilities constructed in the cities of Portland, Eugene, Salem and Gresham. As such, the Bureau of Development Services will review permit applications for compliance with this new program. Plans and construction documents for new parking facilities must include electric vehicle parking spaces and electric vehicle charging station conduits that are clearly identified, and in accordance with OAR 918-020-0380. For a complete list of requirements and contact information, please visit the State of Oregon Building Codes Division – Notice of Permanent Rule that can be found at this link: http://www.oregon.gov/bcd/laws-rules/Documents/rules/20170710-evready-pr.pdf.

Per OAR 918-020-038, the electric vehicle ready parking program applies in the following situations:

1) The following occupancy classifications as specified in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code:

  • Group B – Business;
  • Group M – Mercantile;
  • Group R-2 – Residential; and
  • Group S-2 – Parking garages

2) New construction of an entirely new structure on a site. Additions are not considered new construction.

3) New construction of parking facilities with 50 or more open parking spaces. Five percent of the open parking spaces must be available for future installation of electric vehicle charging stations. Fractional numbers derived from this calculation must be rounded up to the nearest whole number.  

Permit applications that do not include electric vehicle ready parking spaces, when applicable, will be asked to revise plans to meet this requirement.

For more information, please contact Brett Welland at Brett.Welland@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-7289.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Commercial Building Permits: Kitchen Exhaust Systems

Changes to mechanical permit requirements regarding kitchen exhaust systems for new construction

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 22, 2017

Commercial Building Permits: Changes to mechanical permit requirements regarding kitchen exhaust systems for new construction

As of January 1, 2018, domestic kitchen exhaust equipment for new commercial construction must meet the 2014 OMSC Section 505.1, and the 2014 OSSC Section 714 - as written. Currently, kitchen subducts may be considered part of the larger ventilation environment.  Exhausts may terminate inside a rated subduct shaft without air stream separation. To better align BDS inspection and plan review services, starting January 1, 2018 exhaust requirements must directly meet the OMSC and OSSC code citations to be independent of all other exhaust systems. A continuous exhaust fan shall be connected to a standby power source on the top of the shaft. Building plans must show how Section 505.1 of the Oregon Mechanical Code is met.

OMSC Section 505.1 Domestic Systems. Domestic range hoods and domestic appliances equipped with downdraft exhaust shall discharge to the outdoors through sheet metal ducts constructed of galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum or copper. Such ducts shall have smooth inner walls, shall be air tight, shall be equipped with a backdraft damper, and shall be independent of all other exhaust systems.

Permit applications received prior to January 1, 2018, will have the option of meeting either the current or new interpretation. Applications received on or after January 1, 2018, will be reviewed against the new interpretation. 

For more information, please contact Thomas Ng at Thomas.Ng@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-7434.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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