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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Neighborhood Resources

If you’re a Portlander who wants to be informed and engaged about what gets built in your city, this guide can help you.

Who we are

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) performs land use reviews and reviews building and development permits for compliance with Zoning and Building codes. We work closely with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), which updates and improves zoning code as part of long-range planning in Portland.

Our regulations

Portland’s Zoning Code (Title 33) helps implement the City’s long-range plans in a manner that protects our health, safety and general welfare. City uses the Zoning Code to regulate land development, establishes what uses can be located on properties, and limits the height and bulk of buildings. In some cases, the Zoning Code also regulates how buildings are designed. The Zoning Code is written by BPS, adopted by the City Council into law, and implemented by BDS. Zone and district boundaries can be found on PortlandMaps.

The Building Code is written and adopted by the State of Oregon. There are 11 specialty codes that make up the Oregon State Building Code. These codes are a set of rules that specify the minimum standards for constructed objects such as buildings or other structures such as retaining walls. They protect the public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings.


What is being built or demolished in my neighborhood?

Learn how to use PortlandMaps, review permit drawings at our office, and get information about demolitions.

How does the City notify neighbors about what’s being built or demolished?

Learn about what kinds of permits, land use reviews, and other procedures that trigger a notification.

How do I look up a permit for a property?

Learn how the City performs inspections and protects trees on your property from a neighbor's construction project.

Other questions and resources

Learn about colored markings on the street, as well as short-term rentals like AirBnB