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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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Development Services Center will be closed the evening of July 5, 2018

The Development Services Center (DSC) is suspending Residential Permit Night on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to staffing issues from the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
June 12, 2018 

Development Services Center will be closed the evening of July 5, 2018

The Development Services Center (DSC) is suspending Residential Permit Night on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to staffing issues from the Independence Day holiday on July 4. Residential Permit Night, which allows for homeowners and residents to come into the DSC on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 p.m., will resume on July 12, 2018.

Customers will also have access to staff from the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau on July 12 and July 19. Typically, development staff from other bureaus are available the first and third Thursday evenings as part of Residential Permit Night.

DSC and Permitting Services Hours of Operation:

Services Monday-Wednesday, Friday Thursday
New One- & Two-Family Permit intake 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Building Permit submittal, Building Permit review 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits
General Life Safety & Zoning questions
Interagency Partners (BES, PBOT, and Water)
Permitting Services Center (2nd Floor)
Residential Permit Night (resumes July 12, 2018) 5-7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Christy Pierce at christine.pierce@portlandoregon.gov or 
503-823-7916.


 

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Changes Coming to the DSC on May 14 to Reduce Wait Times

Starting May 14, 2018, BDS staff will be piloting a change to help reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC)

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION
May 9, 2018 

Changes Coming to the Development Services Center
on May 14 to Reduce Wait Times

 

Starting May 14, 2018, BDS staff will be piloting a change to help reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC).

Here are the specifics: The Building Code Plans Examiner’s review will no longer be the last review point. Instead, it will be the second review point, immediately following Planning and Zoning. This changes the order in which building permit applications are reviewed and approved to:

  • 1st Screen
  • 2nd Screen
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Building Code Plan Review
  • Interagency (IA) Partners

DSC staff will be available to guide customers through the process improvements made on May 14. We appreciate your patience and cooperation while we work to try and improve the customer experience.  

The upcoming pilot improvements are a part of a larger-scale effort to reduce customer wait times in the DSC based on suggestions from staff and managers from BDS and Interagency Partners who service the DSC. BDS staff are working to implement these changes, evaluate their success, and ultimately make applying for a permit more efficient for customers.

If you have any questions about upcoming changes or ideas on how we can improve services in the Development Services Center, please contact Christy Pierce at christine.pierce@portlandoregon.gov.


 

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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Do you have any signs? Changes to Zoning Code and Sign Code may impact you

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CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION
May 7, 2018 

Do you have any signs? Changes to the Zoning Code and Sign Code may impact you

Changes to the Zoning Code (Title 33) Sign Code (Title 32) to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018. These changes may have important ramifications for you if there are signs on your property or place of business.

  • The Sign Code (Title 32) is being updated to conform to new zones in the Zoning Code that were adopted as part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan in December 2016. While the sign allowances are not changing substantively, changes in zoning for some properties may result in different sign allowances.
  • While sign allowances will not change for the new zones in most cases, there will be some cases where customers will face a change in sign size allowance. Due to zoning changes, some existing signs will be considered non-conforming after May 24. This means any structural change (such as changing the bulb type) will trigger a new sign permit using the new allowances.
  • Sign allowances that were previously approvable will be reduced in some instances, depending on your new zoning. In order to maintain that previous size allocation, customers must have a sign permit under review, with intake fees paid by May 24 at noon, when the Development Services Center closes early for Residential Permit Night. View the DSC hours.
  • To be eligible to use the exception for existing signs, customers with issued sign permits affected by these changes will need BDS-approved final inspections.

To find out if these changes affect you, you’ll need to do some research:

  • First, determine the zoning for your property. Before May 24, you can find your zoning by entering your address on the Map Refinement Project website and looking for changes on the right side. After May 24, you can find this information by entering your address on PortlandMaps and looking at the Zoning field.
  • Next, check the Sign Code allowances for the new zone. View the changes to the actual Sign Code (Title 32).
  • Exception for existing signs: Sign Code provides an exception for existing signs that have been established prior to November 18, 1998, or was allowed when established. Learn more about these allowances in Portland City Code 32.36.030.

BDS is here to help you have a smooth experience with these changes. If you have any questions, please call the BDS Sign Specialist at 503-823-7996. 

 


 

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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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.

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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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