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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting and Inspections services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 a.m.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 13, 2020

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

On February 10, 2020, the City of Portland will start using a new version of AMANDA, the software used to manage the permitting process. As we transition to upgraded AMANDA software, our services will be available according to the schedule below. Please note: Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting and Inspections services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 a.m. Additionally, the Development Services Center (1st floor of the 1900 Building) and Permitting Services (2nd floor counter) will be closed to the public every Thursday in February during this transition. Online services will still be available on all Thursdays in February other than Thursday, Feb. 5. 

To download a full calendar of February 2020 hours and availability, click here. 

To learn more about the AMANDA Migration and Portland Online Permitting System (POPS), click here.  

We appreciate your patience as our staff begins using upgraded software! 

About AMANDA 

The Bureau of Development Services is partnering with the Bureau of Technology Services and the City’s Interagency Partner Bureaus on the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) program. POPS is delivering five different projects that will help streamline the permitting process for City staff and customers with new web-based tools. Chief among these projects is the migration from the current TRACS permitting software to AMANDAthe most current version of the system available 

The current version of TRACS that we are using was implemented in 1999 and is no longer supported by our vendor. Upgrading to AMANDA, specifically version 7.4.4.3, will provide the City of Portland with flexibility and a modern interface that can be easily updated as new versions of the software become available. 


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City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 10, 2020

City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the resolution. Read the adopted resolution here. More information about the projects directed in the resolution is forthcoming.

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

 


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Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

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SERVICE UPDATE
January 6, 2020

Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings
ORSC 202 Definition of Dwelling Unit

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the requirements for when an accessory kitchen can be built within a single-family dwelling unit. It also includes an example of the covenant that would be required as part of the approval of the additional kitchen.

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

RESPONSE: The Oregon Residential Specialty Code doesn’t limit the number of kitchens in a single-family dwelling. However, the 2017 ORSC defines a dwelling unit as, “A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.” (ORSC R202). BDS seeks to avoid illegal conversions of single-family dwellings into duplexes or multi-family structures. Such conversions create fire and life safety issues for the residents because the structures do not comply with the ORSC requirements for multiple dwelling units in a single structure or attached structures. In order to accomplish this goal, BDS will require a building permit to install a new kitchen within a single-family dwelling and will impose certain conditions outlined in this document. In order to install an additional kitchen:

  1. The accessory kitchen may be located in a portion of the building that would meet the definition of a dwelling unit only if that portion of the building is not and will not be separated from the rest of the building by walls or closing a door.
  2. The accessory kitchen may not be located in a detached structure with a bathroom.
  3. Any additional accessory kitchen installed in a single-family dwelling must comply with all of the same Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Code requirements as the main kitchen.
  4. The home owner must complete and record an “Additional Accessory Kitchen Covenant” prior to a building permit being issued. That Covenant is the property owner’s acknowledgement that the structure will remain a single-family dwelling and that the accessory kitchen will not become part of an additional dwelling unit without obtaining a building permit for the creation of the additional dwelling unit. A copy of the recorded Covenant must be provided to BDS as a condition of permit Issuance.

NOTE: This Building Official Determination may not be utilized for structures containing Accessory Dwelling Units, structures that are considered a duplex or multifamily structures per the ORSC.

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination which also includes the Covenant.

 


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City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property.

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(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
January 6, 2020

(UPDATED) City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future
Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Updated Resolution: Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the Title 11 (Tree Code) Resolution. Over 130 comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the draft resolution were received and reviewed. See a summary of the comments received here. The resolution was revised based on this input. Read the proposed resolution with edits shown in track changes here. Read the proposed resolution without track changes here. City Council will provide further direction and hear public testimony on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
December 31, 2019

(UPDATED) City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future
Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Updated Resolution: Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the Title 11 (Tree Code) Resolution. Over 130 comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the draft resolution were received and reviewed. The resolution was revised based on this input. Read the proposed resolution with edits shown in track changes here. Read the proposed resolution without track changes here. City Council will provide further direction and hear public testimony on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 13, 2019

City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects
on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. (Link to previous posts and updates)

As part of that process, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) made additional recommendations relating to tree preservation in development situations on private property

Those recommendations were:

  • Remove an exemption from tree preservation in development situations on portions of sites zoned CX, EX, IG1 and IH until December 31, 2021
  • Reduce the tree size threshold for trees subject to required tree preservation or fee in lieu of preservation; and “inch-per-inch” mitigation fee in-lieu of preservation to from 36” to 20”, for the duration of any future Climate Emergency declared by City Council.

In response to those recommendations, and general community interest in Title 11, Trees, Mayor Wheeler has proposed a resolution for future Title 11 projects regarding trees in development situations. The Mayor is seeking input from the public on the draft Resolution. Read the draft resolution here.

Comments on the draft resolution should be submitted here. Comments and suggested edits are accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019. Comments and suggested edits will go directly to the Mayor's Office.

City Council

City Council will act on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041

 


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. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 2, 2019

New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020.
Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages,
prepare for possibility of service delays.

The City of Portland has adopted the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019, which fully takes effect for all permitted projects on January 1, 2020. Through December 31, 2019, permit applicants may submit for permits using either the current (2014) OSSC or the new (2019) OSSC.

Customers submitting applications for a permit using the OSSC 2014 prior to the January 1, 2020 deadline must, at a minimum, complete the application intake process, including the completeness review and payment of intake fees, before close of business December 31, 2019 in order to be vested under 2014 OSSC. To allow enough time for complete review of your application before December 31, 2019, the City recommends that you submit your application prior to December 16, 2019 to be vested.

For information regarding minimum submittal requirements please click here.

The Development Services Center will be closed on December 24, 25 and 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020 for the holidays, so customers intending to submit applications or pay intake fees before January 1, 2020 should plan accordingly.

Applicants should also prepare for the possibility of delays in their plan review timelines based on the volume of permit applications received in December. Additionally, the City will be replacing the TRACS permitting system with a new software on February 3, 2020, which could lead to further temporary delays in plan review timelines and wait times in the Development Services Center through the end of February as staff adapt to the new system. The City asks for patience during this busy period.

If a land use review is required for your project, you must substantially complete the land use review prior to being allowed to submit a permit application.

Updated requirements in OSSC 2019 may impact the design of structures and cost of construction. The impact of the new requirements is entirely dependent on the type of structure, the use and occupancy, and the location. Changes to 2014 OSSC are extensive and should be discussed with the appropriate design professionals before submitting any project.

One notable change is that the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code will adopt the ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. Where the 2014 OSSC previously allowed 15% reduction in seismic forces for certain types of structures (when using Modal Response Spectrum Analysis per ASCE 7 12.9), the 2019 OSSC no longer permits the 15% reduction. This change will likely impact structures that require higher levels of structural lateral analysis (per ASCE 7 Table 12.6-1 for permitted analytical procedures), structures with structural irregularities (as defined by ASCE 7 Table 12.3-1 or Table 12.3-2) and/or structures greater than 160 feet tall.

Additionally, the design wind loading for structures has been reduced to considerable extent in certain areas and will likely result in less requirements, and lower costs, for structures whose lateral loads are governed by wind loads.

The State of Oregon Building Codes Structures Board plan to release code books in September 2019. Please contact the Building Codes Division for more information and updates on the availability of the new codes.

Applicants should consult with their design teams to ensure that your project is in line with updated requirements of the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code. Consult the International Code Council for more information about changing codes and standards.

2019 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (2019 OMSC) is being changed on a similar timeline. You can sign up for email updates from the State of Oregon to receive information about code adoption. For information on the status of the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code Adoption, click here.

 


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. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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