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Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming holiday closure.

SERVICE UPDATE

SERVICE UPDATE
May 22, 2017

Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017

Holiday Closure: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming holiday closure. 

All Bureau of Development Services and Interagency Offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

Effective May 1, 2017 - Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
April 26, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

Effective May 1, 2017 -  Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process. Examples of Batch Track Projects could include three townhouse units, or three or more single-family homes on one tax lot. These projects necessitate Batch Track processing due to unique Planning and Zoning requirements, which differ from those for standard single-family development. In addition, projects involving multiple structures on one lot require a separate Site Development permit for the common infrastructure elements such as driveways, utilities, bicycle and pedestrian amenities and landscaping. 
 
To improve the efficiency of the intake process and the permit review process, the Batch Permit intake process will incorporate the following change as of May 1, 2017. The initial Life Safety intake review will determine whether the documents provided meet minimum intake requirements. If the intake requirements are not met, a deficiency report will be generated and sent to the applicant identifying the missing required information. At any time the applicant may schedule a Life Safety Preliminary Meeting to assist with the intake process. If the submittal requirements are not met with the 3rd attempt to provide the minimum required information, the applicant will be required to schedule and attend a Life Safety Preliminary Meeting as part of the next intake attempt.
 
Find the New Single Family Minimum Submittal Requirements & Batch information here: 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/184903
 
Find the LIFE SAFETY PRELIMINARY MEETING REQUEST PACKET here:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 21, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

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As part of an ongoing effort to increase accessibility, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will host a Residential Permit Night for 1 & 2 Family Dwellings in the Development Services Center (DSC). Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects. The DSC is located at 1900 SW 4th Ave at Harrison Street on the first floor.

City staff will be available to answer general questions about the permitting and land use processes, help homeowners and tenants understand what plans and documents will be required for review, and identify the necessary permits and inspections for a successful project.

“Traditionally, regular business hours make it somewhat difficult for working people and their families to get to the City for permits,” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who is in charge of BDS. “These new hours will make things more accessible to the larger community.” BDS Director Paul Scarlett added, “The City is excited to restart this important program after it was put on hold in January 2009 as a result of the recession.”

Development Services Center

City's Development Service Center located at 1900 SW 4th Ave

Residential Permit Night is focused on helping homeowners and tenants, whether they are planning simple “Do-It-Yourself” projects, or major renovations or additions. Homeowners and tenants can research residential permit records at the Resource Records counter and get residential plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits at the Trade Permits counter. When residential building permit plans and documents are ready to submit, they can get the process started with the goal of issuing a permit, when possible. New single family and detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits will need to be submitted during regular business hours, due to the additional staffing requirements for those projects.

You can learn more about Residential Permit Night online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/ResidentialPermitNight.

Note: Staff who can assist with transportation, sewer/stormwater, and water requirements related to residential permits will only be available the first and third Thursdays of each month.

Residential Permit night is dedicated to homeowners and tenants with questions and applications for residential 1 & 2 Family Dwelling permits only; assistance with commercial projects will not be available. Permits can only be issued to the homeowner or with the homeowner’s permission.

BDS can arrange for language translation services. When possible, please contact us at 503-823-7300 or bds@portlandoregon.gov at least three (3) business days before you plan to visit.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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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.
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Beginning March 31, 2017 Violations of City Short Term Rental Requirements will be Issued Citations

The adopted Administrative Rule provides BDS the authority to issue citations for violations of the Portland Zoning Code ASTR regulations.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
February 15, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Beginning March 31, 2017 Violations of City Short Term Rental
Requirements will be Issued Citations

On February 9, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) adopted an Administrative Rule for the enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rentals (ASTR) in the City of Portland. The adopted Administrative Rule provides BDS the authority to issue citations for violations of the Portland Zoning Code ASTR regulations. On March 31, 2017, BDS will begin issuing citations for ASTR violations in order to allow for communication of the new enforcement approach to interested parties. Violations of the ASTR regulations will be issued citations ranging from $1,000-$5,000 per occurrence. Citations are effective immediately and do not provide a compliance period prior to the assessment of fines. The citation can be reviewed administratively and then appealed to the Code Hearings Officer.

“I am very pleased BDS is increasing enforcement options for Accessory Short Term Rental violations within the City,” said City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who has responsibility for BDS. “I have been very concerned about illegal full time commercial short term rentals in residential zones and I believe the new citation authority will assist BDS in responding to these egregious violations and improving compliance rates.”

In August 2014, the City of Portland adopted amendments to the Portland Zoning Code to allow Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) operations in residences. These rules were focused on a permitting process for applicants that ensured guests were safe during their stay, and included limitations on the operations of the rental in an effort to ensure that properties continue to retain a primarily long-term residential use. BDS has received increased complaints regarding properties operating without the legally required ASTR permit, as well as complaints regarding properties with issued ASTR permits. Complaints include allegations that some ASTR operations are renting out more bedrooms than allowed by permit, allowing more than 5 overnight guests, or operating the business without a primary long-term resident at the property. BDS is also receiving complaints of short-term rental that are resuming illegal operations after a BDS enforcement case has been closed.
 
On December 16, 2016, a public hearing regarding the Administrative Rule was held. It was attended by more than 40 members of the public. In addition, BDS received 189 written comments regarding the proposed Administrative Rule with an overwhelming majority of comments- 78 percent -supporting the proposed rule.
 
“I am confident that the Administrative Rule provides an enforcement approach that is necessary to ensure that compliance with the ASTR permit requirements are met, which establish minimum safety standards for overnight guests as well as protects livability by limiting the amount of commercial activity in our neighborhoods,” said BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett.
 
BDS will be working closely with various online platforms that facilitate short term rental hosting in order to best reach short term rental operators in the City of Portland. Additionally, BDS will be sending notification to ASTR permit holders as well as operators that have ASTR permit applications on file that have not been approved due to an incomplete application submittal.
 
The adopted Administrative Rule can be found on the BDS website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/628271

Please visit our Accessory Short Term Rental Permits webpage to learn more about the permitting process and requirements.

Questions or comments? Please contact, Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at ross.caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.4268. 

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
  

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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.
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Updated with Potential Service Impacts: Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017.

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SERVICE UPDATE
January 26, 2017

Updated with Potential Service Impacts: Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The following projects are subject to the new requirements:

  • New buildings with 20 or more dwelling units; and
  • Alterations to existing buildings that add 20 or more dwelling units.

Effective Date of Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program Requirements
The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017. For background information on the new requirements, visit the Inclusionary Housing Program website and for information about the related changes to the zoning code, see the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project website

BDS anticipates greater than normal activity in the Development Services Center (DSC) during the last few days of January resulting in longer than usual wait times. If your project is not impacted by Inclusionary Housing Program requirements, please consider visiting the DSC on or after February 1, 2017.

The zoning code provides three alternative ways to meet the requirements:

  • Provide the required affordable dwelling units on the site of the project;
  • Provide the required affordable dwelling units off-site; or
  • A fee in lieu of providing the affordable dwelling units must be paid.

The percentage of dwelling units required to be affordable, and the minimum rates of affordability vary. These requirements are found in the zoning code, in chapter 33.245: 
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/621866

Vesting A Project Under Existing Zoning Code Regulations
To learn more about how changes in land use regulations may affect Land Use Review and Building Permit applications please see our Vesting FAQ

Minimum Submittal Requirements

  • Commercial Building Permit Application Submittal Requirements. For information on minimum submittal requirements and fees for commercial building permits please visit our Commercial New Construction and Additions webpage or contact our Permitting Services Section by visiting the Development Services Center (hours of operation) or calling 503-823-7357 (calls returned in one-to-two business days).
     
  • Land Use Review Application Submittal Requirements. For information on minimum submittal requirements and fees for land use review applications please contact our Planning and Zoning Section by visiting the Development Services Center (hours of operation) or calling 503-823-7526 (calls returned in one-to-two business days). 

We encourage Land Use Review and Building Permit applicants interested in vesting projects under current Zoning Code requirements to contact us with questions and submit applications as early as possible. This will help ensure that minimum submittal requirements are met, the application can be deemed complete and intake review fees can be paid. To ensure multi-family projects conform with minimum submittal requires, until February 1, 2017, BDS is temporarily suspending the use of the “Straight to Intake Form” for all multi-family projects with 20 or more units. 
  

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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.
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