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BDS to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020.

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SERVICE UPDATE
February 21, 2020

Updated: Implementation of Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot (result of a subdivision or partition), unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

At this time, Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) has not been amended to conform to the requirements of the new state law. Starting Monday, March 2, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law. In addition to the allowances for primary structures in Title 33, development of a primary structure will be allowed as described below. If any of the Title 33 allowances for primary structures in residential zones or plan districts preclude a primary structure based on the characteristics of the site or ownership, the allowances described below prevail. If the lot is precluded under both Title 33 allowances and the allowances described below, a primary structure is not allowed.

Requirements for a Primary Structure on Platted Lots

A primary structure is allowed on a lot that is fully intact as originally platted, except as reduced in size due to right-of-way dedication or condemnation; on an adjusted lot that is larger than the originally platted lot; or a combination thereof, that meets the following:

  1. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in an environmental protection or environmental conservation overlay zone;
  2. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in the special flood hazard area; and
  3. The lot, adjusted lot or combination has an average slope of less than 25 percent.

Note: Title 33 definitions (33.910) and measurements (33.930) apply.

How to Apply

Lot Confirmation: To confirm that a lot is eligible for a primary structure, submit a Lot Confirmation application. Deed information showing the lot meets Title 33 definitions is required for any lot that is not fully intact as platted. More information is on the application form.

Building Permit: Eligibility of existing tax lots for a primary structure can be determined through a building permit review

Questions?


 


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SERVICE UPDATE
February 6, 2020

Bureau of Development Services to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot, unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is in the process of developing amendments to Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) that, if approved by the City Council, will amend the zoning code to conform to the requirements of the new state law. However, the proposed amendments to the zoning code are not expected to be adopted by the required implementation date. Therefore, during the interim period between Monday, March 2, and the effective date of new City code, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law.

Further guidance on how the state law will be implemented during this interim period will be provided prior to March 2. Questions about this process should be directed to Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6979 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov.

Review the state law here.


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Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement.

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February 21, 2020

Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules
Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

There was no request for a hearing on this proposed administrative rule. Therefore, the hearing scheduled for February 26, 2020 has been cancelled. However, written comments may be submitted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Submit comments to Emily Sandy at Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov.

 


 

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February 3, 2020

Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules
Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) request comments from the public on proposed new administrative rules to be jointly adopted and administered by BDS and BES. The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement. If a property owner has a recorded legal easement for their private sewer to cross their neighbor’s property and the easement meets the requirements specified in the proposed rules, the City will not issue the neighbor a plumbing permit to cap the other property owner’s sewer line. The proposed rules primarily memorialize, and thereby improve transparency of, existing policies and practices.

The proposed rules and a fact sheet about the rule-making are available below. BDS and BES will accept public comment on this proposal from 8:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020. BDS and BES will hold a joint public hearing by request only from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Conference Room 4(a) (4th Floor) of the Development Services Center, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201. BDS and BES will cancel the tentative hearing if they receive no hearing request by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, and will post a cancellation notice on this page.

Please send comments, concerns, questions, or requests for a hearing to Emily Sandy at emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov. You may also call 503-823-7828 for more information.

Proposed Rules & Fact Sheet

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020.


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(Updated) BDS Adopts Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Rule

BDS has adopted an Interim Demolition Administrative Rule, effective February 10, 2020, that revises the inspection requirements for demolitions of structures used for residential purposes with four or fewer dwelling units and any detached accessory structures with a floor area over 200 square feet on the same site.

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February 10, 2020

(Update) BDS Adopts Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Rule

New information about residential demolition inspection requirements is now available. There is a requirements handout, live-video customer instructions, demolition ordinance, and the interim administrative rule. To view the full page, click here: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/80378

 


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January 24, 2020

BDS Adopts Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Rule

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has adopted an Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Ruleeffective February 10, 2020, that revises the inspection requirements for demolitions of residential structures with four or fewer dwelling units and any detached accessory structures with a floor area more than 200 square feet on the same site. 

The Interim Rule requires the Demolition Manager or Lead-Based Paint Certified Person to meet with the inspector at the #200 inspection, in addition to the other requirements. The Rule also requires two #205 inspections that must be requested and scheduled through the City’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.  The first of these inspections now requires that the Demolition Manager or Lead-Based Paint Certified Person is on-site during the inspection and that the exterior painted surfaces have been removed. The second #205 inspection must be scheduled so that the inspector is on-site when mechanical demolition begins in order to verify the effectiveness of the dust suppression wetting system and the wind speed. The second #205 inspection may be conducted via a live-streaming inspection using live video streaming technology pre-approved by BDS. There are no changes to the #210 inspection.  

The Interim Rule will be effective for 180 days from February 10, 2020 or until the permanent rule is adopted.


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Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

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January 23, 2020

Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

QUESTION: When grouped together in a building, congregate living facilities can look like dwelling units. What is the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code?

2019 OSSC DEFINITIONS:

DWELLING UNIT. A single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES. A building or part thereof that contains sleeping units where residents share bathroom or kitchen facilities, or both.
SLEEPING UNIT. A single unit that provides rooms or spaces for one or more persons, includes permanent provisions for sleeping and can include provisions for living, eating and either sanitation or kitchen facilities but not both. Such rooms and spaces that are also part of a dwelling unit are not sleeping units.

RESPONSE: The places in which we reside are a higher fire safety risk than most other occupancies for many reasons. For example, the occupants are asleep approximately one third of every 24 hour period and unaware of developing fires. Also, within their own homes occupants often let fire hazards go unabated, so the hazards can accrue and go unnoticed. As a result, the building code requires fire and sound separations to compartmentalize the hazards and insulate occupants from each other.

2019 OSSC sections 420.2 and 1206 require fire and sound separation between dwelling units. Separations are also required between sleeping units when they are not part of a dwelling unit. Therefore, a congregate living facility would need to have fire and sound separations between the sleeping rooms, but bedrooms in a dwelling unit would not need to be separated from each other.

To capture the protections put in place for occupants, the City of Portland has determined that congregate living facilities are a collection of independently leased sleeping rooms for persons not of the same family group with shared cooking and/or bathroom facilities. By contrast, a dwelling unit is leased as a whole to one or more persons.

The building code does not provide a prescriptive definition (area limitation or maximum number of bedrooms) to distinguish a dwelling unit from congregate living. The building code requirements are based on how the unit will be used. Therefore, when a dwelling unit has more than 6 bedrooms, the City of Portland will review them as sleeping units.

The City of Portland may consider an administrative appeal that includes a memo from the owner or property management company that states the leasing arrangement. The memo must identify whether the individual bedrooms are being leased separately and independent of each other (congregate living facility), or if the entire space including all bedrooms are being leased under a single rental agreement (dwelling unit).

The occupant load of the dwelling unit or congregate living facility will be determined in accordance with OSSC Section 1004.5 using the occupant load factor of one occupant per 200 square feet of floor area. However, the occupant load is permitted to be designed for an increased number of occupants, provided that all other requirements of the code are met based on the modified number (1004.5.1).

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination.

 


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Update: The City of Portland Completed Successful Migration to Upgraded Permitting Software

Normal Business Hours Resume Monday, Feb. 10

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Updated February 7, 2020 

The City's Permitting Software Upgrade was a Success!
Normal business hours resume Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

On February 7, 2020 the City of Portland completed successful migration to an upgraded version of AMANDA, the permitting software we use to manage development data. Bureau of Development Services Director Rebecca Esau and Jeff Baer, the City’s Chief Technology Officer, determined the system is ready for use and announced that AMANDA will launch as scheduled this Monday.     

Normal business hours resume on Monday, February 10. Please note: The Bureau of Development Services will be closed to customers on Thursday, February 13 and Thursday, February 20. The Thursday closures end in March 2020.  Click here to view the full February 2020 schedule.

The upgrade of our former “TRACS” permitting system has been an extremely complicated project that involved multiple stakeholders and more than 1,200 users all across the City of Portland. With AMANDA, the City and other local agencies that access our permitting software will now have a modern, web-based system that provides a stable platform on which we can upgrade existing features and build new functionality. 

Thank you for your patience during our software upgrade! 



SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE 
Posted January 13, 2020

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

Click here to view the full February 2020 schedule.

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 services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10. 

To schedule an inspection to occur on Thursday, Feb. 6 or Friday, Feb. 7, please call and reserve that inspection slot before Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation!

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 as we transition. Online services will still be available on all Thursdays in February other than Thursday, Feb. 6. 

Here's a look at the two-week span of our migration and Go-Live period:

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, a modern interface, and opportunities to update the software to new versions as released.

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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