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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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2019 Residential Permit Night Schedule

Working on a home improvement project? Building a new residence? Can’t make it to the Development Services Center during regular business hours? In 2019, the Bureau of Development Services is offering Residential Permit Night on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 4, 2019

2019 Residential Permit Night Schedule

Working on a home improvement project? Building a new residence? Can’t make it to the Development Services Center during regular business hours? In 2019, the Bureau of Development Services is offering Residential Permit Night on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month (excluding holidays). The Development Services Center is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Residential Permit Nights, where you can visit staff from BDS, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Water Bureau to discuss or start permitting your residential project.

Join us for Residential Permit Night in 2019

5 to 7:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month

Development Services Center
1900 SW 4th Avenue 
Portland, Oregon 97201

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Please note that on Thursday, July 4, 2019, City Offices will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no Residential Permit Night on July 4, 2019. In case of a cancellation, notice will be posted and shared in advance.

For more information on Residential Permit Night and the services available, 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
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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Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 18, 2018

Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) offers early support meetings for the cannabis industry. If you would like to start a cannabis business and build, modify or use a portion or all of a building, there are zoning and building code requirements that you may need to meet before you can occupy it. Participation in BDS Early Assistance (EA) and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings can help identify significant issues and streamline the permitting process.

Early Assistance Meeting

The Early Assistance – Zoning and Infrastructure meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to the zoning code, as well as the infrastructure bureaus (Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parks Bureau). For meeting packet, click here. When submitting the EA information and scheduling a meeting please be aware that staff will require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date. For additional information, click here.

For Early Assistance, application is to be submitted in person in the Development Services Center. The fees can be paid, and the meeting scheduled at that time.

Preliminary Life Safety Meeting

The Preliminary Life Safety Meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to life safety, mechanical and fire. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting. For meeting packet, click here. When submitting the Preliminary Life Safety information and scheduling a meeting please be aware that staff will require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date.
For a Preliminary Life Safety Meeting please contact Gloria Harrison (503-823-3261) to schedule an appointment to submit the Life Safety Meeting Request materials. The fees can be paid, and the meeting scheduled at that time.

Fees

Preliminary Life Safety meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.

  • Early Assistance - Zoning-only meeting is $500.
  • Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure meeting without street vacation is $2,458.

Meeting Packet

The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet can be found here.
The Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application can be found here.

BDS Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit our website and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

Office of Community & Civic Life Program

It is important that applicants continue to work with the Office of Community and Civic Life in the cannabis registration and licensure program, 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
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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Unreinforced Masonry Building Ordinance 189201 Requirements

To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. The ordinance was passed on October 10, 2018.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 14, 2018

City Council to require Unreinforced Masonry Building (URM) Owners to
Placard and Notify Tenants Per Ordinance 189201

To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. The ordinance was passed on October 10, 2018. Notifications to owners of Public buildings informing them of the requirements of the ordinance and how to comply with these requirements were mailed December 7,2018. Notifications to other owners will be sent beginning the first week in January 2019.

Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements 

The ordinance requires that: 

  • A placard be posted on all URM buildings that reads: “This Building is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake.”
  • The building owner must notify existing tenants that the building is an unreinforced masonry building, and unreinforced masonry buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. 
  • In addition to a placard, every lease or rental agreement entered into or renewed after the timeline for placarding noted below, must contain a statement that: “This Building is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a Major Earthquake.” 
  • Building owners must record an agreement not to remove the placard and acknowledgment of compliance with tenant notification requirements. 

The ordinance requires URM owners to post a placard according to the following timeline 

  • Publicly-owned buildings: On or before January 1,2019 
  • Non-profit buildings: On or before November 1, 2020 
  • All other buildings: On or before March 1, 2019 

The URM placard must: 

  • Be at least 8”x10” inches 
  • Have lettering in at least 50-point bold font 
  • Be posted in a conspicuous location on the exterior at the main entrance with the following language: “This Building is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake.”  

It is not required to post the placard in languages other than English, but if the building serves people who are not fluent in English, it is recommended to post the information in those additional languages.  

The placard should meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sign Installation Guidelines. The ADA requirements are also explained in this Quick Reference Guide.  

Exceptions to Placarding and Tenant Notifications 

Buildings that have been retrofitted to the following standards will not require a placard or tenant notification: 

  • Collapse prevention standard for BSE-2 seismic hazards or life safety for BSE-1 seismic hazard as defined in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 41-17 or ASCE 41-13 are not required to post a placard or notify tenants 

For buildings that were retrofitted before January 1, 2018, either:  

  • Life Safety standard using FEMA 178, FEMA 310, or ASCE 31; or 
  • Oregon Structural Specialty Code 1993 edition or later 

Enforcement 

Portland Fire and Rescue will inspect the placement of placards as part of their inspection program and will work with BDS Enforcement Section to enforce the requirements for placards. 

BDS Enforcement Section will use its existing enforcement program and authority to enforce the requirements for placarding and tenant notification. 

Appeals 

Building owners who receive notice to place placards and notify tenants but believe that their building is not a URM, or that the URM building has already been retrofitted to meet the standards above, may file an appeal.  See frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and tenant Notification Requirements for URM Buildings for more information. 

Additional Information  

  • Instructions for how to bring a URM building into compliance with Ordinance 189201 are available here.
  • BDS will create administrative rules that clarify how to provide documentation to show compliance with the new regulations.
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements for URM buildings here.  

Contact: Amit Kumar, Senior Structural Engineer, Engineering Plan Review Services 

 

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
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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Winter Holiday Closure Schedule

In order to better manage customer requests, BDS will have additional closures that coincide with official City holidays during the winter 2018/19 season.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 13, 2018

Winter Holiday Closure Schedule

In order to better manage customer requests, BDS will have additional closures that coincide with official City holidays during the winter 2018/19 season.

  • All City offices will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25, 2018) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2019).
  • The Development Services Center (1st floor) and Permitting Services Center (2nd floor) will be closed all day on Christmas Eve (December 24, 2018) and New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2018).
  • Residential Permit Night will be canceled on December 20 and 27, 2018 and January 3 and 10, 2019.
  • Outside of official holidays (December 25 and January 1), BDS will be open for regular business and requested daily inspections will be performed.

2018 Holiday Schedule

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website.

Contact: Front Desk, bds@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7300.

 

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
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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Delayed Opening on Dec. 11, 2018

9 a.m. opening due to our Annual Bureau-wide Employee Gathering & Appreciation event

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 7, 2018

Delayed Opening on December 11, 2018
Annual Bureau-wide Employee Gathering & Appreciation Event


The Development Services Center (1st floor)


 Permitting Services Center (2nd floor)


 Reception Desk (5th floor)


CH2M Reception Desk (2020 SW 4th Ave - 10th floor) 


 will open at 9 a.m.

 

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website.

Tech Support for Permits Online will also be delayed until 9 a.m.

 

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
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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