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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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BDS Service Updates


Electronic Plan Review Available for All Process Managed Permits

The Bureau of Development Services has rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
July 11, 2019

Electronic Plan Review Available for All Process Managed Permits

PDX ePlans provides a convenient central hub for development project stakeholders (including applicants, contractors and City reviewers) to communicate and complete the entire plan review process online, from submitting the initial application, to getting final approved plan sets electronically.

The Bureau of Development Services has rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019. Using ePlans, customers can submit their plans online to be reviewed electronically.  The reviewers’ mark-ups and comments are applied in layers on the screen, so each reviewer can see the mark-ups and comments from all other reviewers.  Staff at BDS and our partner bureaus can review the plans simultaneously on their computer screens. And if customers need to make a correction to their plans, they can submit those corrections online for re-review, saving a trip to the Development Services Center.  Once the permit is issued, the applicant prints a set and has it available on site for the inspectors.

If you are interested in submitting your Process Managed project through ePlans, please contact your BDS Process Manager directly, or email BDSProcessManagement@portlandoregon.gov.

Not submitting a process managed project? Stay tuned! ePlans is working to be rolled out to all commercial new construction permits in 2020.

With questions, please contact: Angie Tomlinson, Electronic Plan Review Manager, by email (angie.tomlinson@portlandoregongov) or by phone (503) 823-7663.  



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Try Development Hub PDX Now!

Our new online permitting tool, Development Hub PDX, is now available to customers! DevHub will fully replace Permits Online as of August 1st.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
July 1, 2019

Streamlined online permitting is available now on Development Hub PDX!

Development Hub PDX is live starting July 1, 2019! Development Hub PDX (DevHub) is our new and improved customer portal. The Bureau of Development Services is introducing DevHub as part of the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS). DevHub expands our online permitting capabilities beyond trade permits (electrical permits, plumbing permits, etc.) —using DevHub, customers can now apply for more permit types online, schedule inspections for trade permits obtained online, pay for various fees with more flexible payment options, make multiple payments at once, and download billing statements and receipts. Check out the full functionality below. 

Our old system, Permits Online, was developed back in 2005.  Available technology has advanced beyond what Permits Online was able to do, and we can now offer our new expanded system, DevHub, which offers so much more!  Both systems are available to use until noon on August 1st, so customers will have time to get comfortable with the new system before we retire the Permits Online system. Customers and staff can still use Permits Online until August 1, 2019 at 12 p.m.   

 

Ready to try Development Hub PDX now? Click here. 

Have questions? Email popscommunication@portlandoregon.gov and our staff will get back to you!



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
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Inspections Scheduling System Updated to Include Details on Erosion Control Inspection Requirements

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is updating the interactive voice response (IVR) Inspection Request system message to include important details on Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200), effective today.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
June 4, 2019

Inspections Scheduling System Updated to Include Details on
Erosion Control Inspection Requirements

 

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is updating the interactive voice response (IVR) Inspection Request system message to include important details on Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200), effective today. BDS ensures compliance with Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations as defined in Portland City Code Title 10.

If you have an issued permit for ground disturbing activity, a Pre-Construction Erosion Control Inspection (IVR Inspection #200) is required before you can request or schedule other inspections through IVR. The Pre-Construction Control Inspection covers the temporary erosion, sediment and pollutant control measures required to be installed and inspected prior to any ground disturbance for the project (excluding ground disturbance necessary for the installation of the erosion, sediment and pollutant control measures). 

Pre-Construction Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200) must be completed and approved before other inspections can be scheduled. If the Pre-Construction Erosion Control Inspection is not approved prior to another scheduled inspection, all other inspection requests will be cancelled and must be rescheduled within the IVR system. Please note: IVR Inspection #210 (Permanent Erosion Control Measures) must also be completed and approved before scheduling IVR Inspection #999 (Final Permit).

If you have questions about the Property Compliance Division or scheduling inspections, visit our webpage.

For more information on Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations, check out Portland City Code Title 10.

Need to contact the Bureau of Development Services? Give us a call at 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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New Program from BDS: Remote Video Re-inspections (RVR)

The Remote Inspection Program provides an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections.

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The Bureau of Development Services is working to make simple construction re-inspections as efficient as possible for both customers and staff. The new Remote Video Re-Inspection Program (RVR) provides an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections. Using Skype and a mobile device, you can connect with BDS inspectors to complete simple re-inspections. We are currently piloting this project to ensure proper functionality before making remote video re-inspections available to all BDS customers. 

The RVR Program has several benefits:

  • It saves time for you and BDS staff;
  • It lets you schedule the video re-inspection for when it’s convenient for you;
  • It saves fuel and reduces emissions by reducing vehicle trips.

Watch our quick video tutorial to see just how easy a remote video re-inspection can be:

Types of inspections that qualify (mechanical/plumbing/electrical/building).

To participate, customers must use the Skype application on a mobile device to interact with the City inspector. Download and Install Skype (NOT Skype for Business). You’ll need:

  • Mobile device (smartphone, iPad, or other tablet). Please be aware that older mobile devices or mobile devices with older operating systems and lower resolution cameras may not work properly with the RVR program.
  • Strong Wi-Fi connection or Reliable data service (4G/LTE internet). Wi-Fi connection is preferred. If you have a limited cell data plan your service provider may charge you for data used during the re-inspection.

You can schedule an appointment online using AppointmentPlus. Chrome, Firefox and/or Safari are preferred browsers when using AppointmentPlus.
Please note: Only customers who receive a remote video re-inspections brochure directly from a BDS Inspector are eligible for the Remote Video Re-Inspections pilot program at this time. 

Book an appointment with City of Portland

For more information about the RVR program, visit our webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/rvr.

  


 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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Holiday Closure: Independence Day 2019

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
April 10, 2019

Independence Day 2019 Hours of Operation

The Bureau of Development Services and all City Offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 for the Independence Day holiday. 

On Friday, July 5th the Development Services Center (1st Floor) and Permitting Services (2nd Floor) will be closed. All other Bureau offices and services will be open and operating on July 5th and scheduled inspections will be performed.  

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

We appreciate your business and hope you enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July holiday!