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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Update on SDCs for Residential Additions

Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 19, 2018 

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
Update on SDCs for Residential Additions

Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.

The new fee structure comes after both bureaus reassessed the way fees were determined. These system development charges, or SDCs, allow bureaus to recoup the cost of current and future City services that will be provided when new residential units go up.

The new SDCs are implemented through each bureau’s administrative rules. Both bureaus made the changes so that the new rules are consistent. To allow time for notification to the development community, the new policies will begin July 1, 2018.

The new PP&R administrative rule and PBOT administrative rule will exempt SDCs on residential additions smaller than 800 square feet. 

Additions of 800 square feet or more of new residential space, that will move the dwelling unit into a new SDC size category, will be assessed based on their new size category and credited for the previous use based on the previous size category.

Example: A 1,000 square-foot home adding 800 square feet, totaling 1,800 square feet

Fee schedule Parks & Recreation
(July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)
Bureau of Transportation
(Jan. 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018)
Assessment of 1,800 sq. ft. 1,700 to 2,199 sq. ft. - $12,551 ≥1,200 sq. ft. - $5,140
Credit for SDC value of
original 1,000 sq. ft. dwelling
-$9,194 -$2,570
Total SDCs for
800 sq. ft. addition
$3,357 $2,570

More about SDCs

Parks SDCs are one of the main sources of funding which Portland Parks & Recreation utilizes to acquire and develop new parks, and add or expand features in existing parks. Contributions from construction projects across Portland have helped fund new projects throughout the city. See some recent projects that were funded by SDCs.

Transportation SDCs are one-time fees paid by developers when they build a new residential or commercial development. The fee covers part of the cost of building transportation facilities to serve new development—things like roads, sidewalks and other facilities that get people to where they need to go. TSDCs are intended to support new development by making investments to alleviate the increased demand on our transportation system.

System Development Charges can be financed by loan or deferral contracts, as outlined in City Code section 17.14. Upon notification that an applicant has been assessed a SDC fee, they may request to pay by a loan or deferral contract, at which point the Bureau(s) will prepare the contract for signature. Please contact PP&R or PBOT staff if you have any questions about PP&R or PBOT SDCs:

PP&R SDC Program PBOT SDC Program
Sarah Huggins Rich Eisenhauer
503.823.3385 503.823.6108
sarah.huggins@portlandoregon.gov richard.eisenhauer@portlandoregon.gov

 

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Important deadline for tax credits on Solar energy systems purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2017

The Oregon Department of Energy provides residential homeowners with up to a $6,000 tax credit for their 2017 taxes (with credit taken over four years) for the installation of solar energy systems. In order to qualify for this tax credit, individual projects need to have installation completed and final permits issued by the City of Portland by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Only homeowners who purchased solar systems by Dec. 31, 2017, are eligible for the tax credits.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 12, 2018

State of Oregon Tax Credit for Solar Systems Deadline

The Oregon Department of Energy provides residential homeowners with up to a $6,000 tax credit for their 2017 taxes (with credit taken over four years) for the installation of solar energy systems. In order to qualify for this tax credit, individual projects need to have installation completed and final permits issued by the City of Portland by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Only homeowners who purchased solar systems by Dec. 31, 2017, are eligible for the tax credits.

If your project has been permitted or is currently under inspection, please pay prompt attention to this message. We would like to help make sure you meet the April 1 deadline to have your project obtain final approval from the City.

The BDS Residential Inspections Team has dedicated three consecutive Saturdays where inspectors will come to your residence to verify the installation and inspect for code compliance. Those dates are:

  • Saturday, March 17
  • Saturday, March 24
  • Saturday, March 31

To sign up for an inspections appointment, Homeowners or Contractors must call 503-823-7388 by 3 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the requested Saturday inspection date. Once that call is received by BDS, customers will be notified by the Inspections Team with a service two-hour window. We will let you know of that window on the Friday afternoon before the date of service.

(This temporary Saturday scheduling option will not prevent Homeowners or Contractors from scheduling inspections through the regular IVR system to achieve inspections.)

There may be additional qualifications required by the Oregon Department of Energy. Please see more details on the state website or call 1-503-378-4040. 

If you have any questions about BDS Residential inspections, please call 503-823-7388.

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City to allow RVs, tiny homes on wheels on private property with conditions

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades..."

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
October 16, 2017

Commissioner Eudaly Statement Regarding Tiny Home and RV Enforcement

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades. As the City Commissioner with responsibility for the Bureau of Development Services, which enforces local building codes, I have asked the bureau to deprioritize enforcement against tiny homes and people sleeping in RVs parked on private property effective immediately.” BDS staff will begin work on developing code language to permanently allow tiny homes in conformance with recently passed HB 2737 and will continue to deprioritize enforcement against sleeping RVs on private property throughout the housing emergency.

BDS staff will use the following guidelines to continue to uphold safety and health standards aimed at protecting occupants of tiny homes and RVs as well as residents and neighbors:

Parking lots of non-residential occupied structures (religious institution, place of worship, business, or public entity)

  • Property owner may grant permission for up to three vehicles (vehicle, motorhome, camper trailer, etc.) for sleeping.

Properties with Single Family Structures or Duplexes

  • Property owner and tenant may grant permission for one vehicle for sleeping.
  • Vehicles must be located in legal parking areas on the property. (meet Zoning Code requirements)

General requirements for all overnight sleeping arrangements

Sanitation

  • Property owner shall make available sanitary facilities. 
  • Options include using sanitary facilities within the structure, pumping holding tanks off-site or having vendor pump out holding tank, or permitting and installing a legal sanitary dump station on site.
  • Portable toilets (with ongoing service and maintenance) are only allowed at non-residential properties.

Electrical

  • Property owner shall make available electrical connections. 
  • Options include extension cords from an approved outlet in the home or permitting and installing a pedestal for plug in. 
  • No hard connections are allowed.
  • Use of generators is not allowed.
  • Property owner shall subscribe to and pay for garbage, recycling, and composting service.

City may enforce Title 29.50.050 if it determines that the camping activity on the property constitutes a nuisance or other threat to the public welfare.

Additional Restrictions

  • Accessory Short Term Rental operations may not be operated out of vehicles (tiny homes, RVs, camper trailers, motorhomes, etc.)
  • Tiny homes and RVs continue to be subject to restrictions noted in PCC 24.50.065 Recreational Vehicles located in Areas of Special Flood Hazard or Base Flood Zones.

For more information, please contact David Austin at David.Austin@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-1365. 

Trifold brochure in English - Libreta en Español

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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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Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Corrections

Effective November 1, 2017

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
September 26, 2017

Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Correction Effective November 1, 2017

The Planting and Establishment Fee in Lieu was updated to $325/inch in our FY 18 fee schedule. However, the Preservation Fee in Lieu (per tree), which is calculated using a formula incorporating the Planting and Establishment Fee, was not updated at that time. We are correcting that now and those corrections are scheduled to be effective November 1st.

Fee Current Correction
Preservation, Fee in Lieu (per tree):    
Trees ≥12 and <20 inches diameter $1,200.00 $1,300.00
Trees ≥20 and <36 inches diameter $2,400.00 $2,600.00
Trees ≥36 inches diameter               $300.00 per inch $325.00 per inch

 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/655647

For more information, please contact Urban Forestry at trees@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-TREE (8733). 

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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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Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
September 22, 2017

Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

Residential Inspections is providing “Day Certain” scheduling. This means the IVR system will offer customers the first available inspection date and your inspection will occur on that day. If you need to schedule inspections 487 (BES On‐Site Stormwater Facility Evaluation) or 507 (Tree Preservation) please call 503‐823‐7388 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you need to schedule inspection 842 (Decommission Septic System) please call 503‐823‐6892 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Residential Inspection Routes List is posted each day by 8:15am

Tree Inspections will not show up on this schedule. Please call 503‐823‐8733 (TREE) for more information.

Residential Inspections contact information:

Name  Title  Phone Number
Janell Piercy Section Manager N / NE 503-823-4735
Tim Morris Section Manager NW / SW / SE 503‐823‐7456
Joe Discascio Sr. Building Inspector/Special Inspections  503‐823‐4904
Jim Bechtel Sr. Plumbing Inspector  503‐823‐7386
Dave Scranton  Sr. Electrical Inspector  503‐823‐2910
Lyle Bohnet  Sr. Mechanical Inspector  503‐823‐7401
Cynthia Kotaniemi  Permit extensions & expirations  503‐823‐9258
Support Staff    503‐823‐7388

 

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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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