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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

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

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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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 Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for an Individual to Serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking to fill a vacant position on the City of Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The current vacant position represents Small Businesses.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 12, 2017

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for an Individual to Serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking to fill a vacant position on the City of Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC).  

The DRAC is an advisory body of seventeen members representing a wide variety of stakeholder groups with interest in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review. DRAC members represent groups including (but not limited to) development, planning, construction contracting, public works, design professions, neighborhood interests, business interests, historic preservation, environmental organizations, and institutional properties. The current vacant position represents Small Businesses.  

The purpose of the DRAC is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City's goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment. The DRAC advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations.  

The DRAC meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue. DRAC members are appointed to serve a 3-year term, with possible re-appointment to a second 3-year term. 

To apply, individuals must complete and submit the City’s Boards & Commissions application form, found on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/37423. Applications should be directed to Mark Fetters at the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), at mark.fetters@portlandoregon.gov.  

For more information about the DRAC vacancy, please contact Mark Fetters at mark.fetters@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-1028.

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Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between October 1st and April 30th, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 6, 2017

Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between October 1st and April 30th, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention. Wet weather site and erosion control measures are necessary throughout the City. Additionally, there are area-specific locations in which ground-disturbing work between October 1st and April 30th is either limited or prohibited entirely.

Area-specific Limitations: Ground-disturbing construction work is prohibited between October 1st and April 30th within the Balch Creek and Forest Park Subdistricts of the Northwest Hills Plan District.

Exposed earth is required to be covered and stabilized no later than October 1st. All construction activity which exposes soil to stormwater, including sewer, water and utility trenching, must stop during this seasonal prohibition on ground-disturbing activities. If you have questions, please call the Planning & Zoning section of the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7526.
 
General Requirements: Projects in other areas of the City must comply with Title 10 Erosion Control Regulations. In most cases, construction activity may continue, but wet weather erosion control measures are required between October 1st and April 30th, including logging daily inspections of erosion control measures and providing temporary ground cover on exposed soils and stockpiles. A few additional requirements to note include:

  • All site development, construction, and demolition sites are required to post the Erosion Concerns Hotline signage at a location that is readable from the public-right-of way.
  • You must complete an erosion control inspection log and have it available onsite. 

The rainy season is a great time to brush up on your erosion control knowledge. Take time to review the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and plastic sheeting detail for stockpiles, or download them for quick reference on-site. If your construction team would benefit from erosion control training or a refresher course, check with these or other training providers: 

  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (http://www.nwetc.org)
    • CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
    • Re-CESCL: Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Re-Certification
  • Southwest Washington Contractors Association (http://www.swca.org/)
    • Erosion Control (CESCL) Certification

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds

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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.
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Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
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New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search feature.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 2, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search features. The Advanced Search features went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of land use case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Land use case records include the following categories: Early Assistance, Final Plat, Land Use Review and Public Registry. View the Land Use Case Search Guide.

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

Advanced Search

City of Portland staff is available to give presentations to community or business groups on how to use these new tools. If you would like to schedule a demonstration, please contact Ross Caron at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-4268.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.


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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