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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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New Code Guide for Conducting Slope Hazard Evaluations Effective May 28, 2019

A new code guide has been developed to provide guidance to Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists that conduct required slope hazard evaluations. The building code sections pertaining to slope hazard evaluations in the ORSC, OSSC, and the Portland City Code Title 24 do not include specific requirements for slope hazard evaluations.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
April 3, 2019

Contact: Ericka Koss
, 503-823-7537

New Code Guide for Conducting Slope Hazard Evaluations Effective May 28, 2019

A new code guide has been developed to provide guidance to Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists who conduct required slope hazard evaluations. The building code sections pertaining to slope hazard evaluations in the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), and the Portland City Code Title 24 do not include specific requirements for slope hazard evaluations. This code guide provides descriptions of the standards of practice and level of investigation and analyses expected for different types of slope hazards where development is proposed. It includes a description of when an evaluation is required, the requirements for slope hazard evaluations, and how to report of the results of evaluations. A standardized set of requirements will provide more certainty and consistency for customers.

The code guide includes evaluation requirements for several different types of slope hazard evaluations:

  • Surficial Slope Stability
  • General Slope Stability
  • Seismic Slope Stability
  • Deep-Seated Landslides
  • Soil Creep
  • Soil/Debris Flow Inundation
  • Temporary Excavation Slopes

There are no procedural changes for customers. This code guide will be effective May 28, 2019 and can be found here.

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New Simple Bathroom Permit Program

Beginning on April 1, 2019, The Bureau of Development Services will launch a new program to simplify bathroom permits for small projects.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
March 29, 2019

Contact: Simple Bathroom Permits
, 503-823-9258

New Simple Bathroom Permit Program

Image of bathroom

Beginning April 1, 2019, the Bureau of Development Services will launch a new program to simplify bathroom permits for small projects. This new program, Simple Bathroom Permits, will allow an applicant to submit a standard building permit application through email. No drawings are required.

A project qualifies for a Simple Bathroom Permit when the following criteria are met:

  1. Interior only; no exterior alterations
  2. No changes to load bearing framing
  3. No more than 3 toilets on the property
  4. Located in a permitted structure in the primary residence (not in an accessory structure)
  5. Sink must be located in room with the toilet and shower or bath

Important Note: Other criteria may apply, including but not limited to party sewers and/or code violations. If criteria is not met, the applicant may not be eligible for a Simple Bathroom Permit remodel and must use standard permit process.

The project will include an initial consultation with a BDS Residential Inspector and will proceed with inspections as a regular residential permit.

Visit our website for more information on this program to see if your project qualifies, or call us at 503-823-9258 or email SBP@portlandoregon.gov.

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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
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Land Use Division Fee Increases Passed by City Council

On February 20, 2019, City Council passed a fee increase ordinance that was presented by representatives of the BDS Land Use Services Division, the first in nearly five years. The division processes permits and land use reviews required to demonstrate compliance with the Portland Zoning Code, Tree Code and Sign Code regulations.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
March 19, 2019

Contact: Planning & Zoning 
(please include a phone number with your email), 503-823-7526

Land Use Division Fee Increases Passed by City Council

On February 20, 2019, City Council passed a fee increase ordinance that was presented by representatives of the BDS Land Use Services Division, the first in nearly five years. The division processes permits and land use reviews required to demonstrate compliance with the Portland Zoning Code, Tree Code and Sign Code regulations.

Fee increases are roughly 5% overall, but some land use review fees will increase more substantially while others will remain the same. BDS also proposed a 5% increase to most site development fees on land use reviews and three Life Safety reviews on land use reviews will be removed. The need for the LUS fee increase stems from LUS division cost increases that have occurred over the past five years so that fees charged are closer to the costs of providing services, and the need to maintain adequate division financial reserves. The fee increase will take effect on April 1, 2019. For more information and to view the proposed changes to BDS fee schedules, click here.

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Help Prevent Flooding in Portland

During periods of excessive rainfall, snow, and ice melt, many areas of the City of Portland face a higher risk for flooding. To help prevent localized flooding, the Bureau of Development Services is recommending that storm drains are cleared to allow for sufficient erosion control or water drainage.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
February 12, 2019

Contact: Portland Bureau of Transportation Dispatch
, 503-823-1700

Help Prevent Flooding in Portland

During periods of excessive rainfall, snow, and ice melt, many areas of the City of Portland face a higher risk for flooding. To help prevent localized flooding, the Bureau of Development Services is recommending that storm drains are cleared to allow for sufficient erosion control or water drainage.

  1. Property owners should make sure the storm drains in front of their property are cleared and functioning to help avoid flooding. If a property you own or manage has surrounding storm drains, please ensure that those drains are clear.
  2. Contractors at construction sites should check the storm drains in the right-of-way frequently. BDS expects that the contractors with permits will inspect and maintain the site, and ensure that erosion control measures are in place and functioning. In situations where there is a potential for flooding, the contractor can remove the erosion control. The contractor is still responsible for offsite discharges.

For more information on stormwater drainage and tips on how to keep storm drains clean, visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation website.

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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
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