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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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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
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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!

 

New Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program Webpage

Are you a contractor who performs routine alterations and additions on one-or-two family dwellings or accessory structures or construction of new detached accessory structures? Are you a homeowner look for a contractor for your home remodeling project? The Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) might be right for you!

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
April 8, 2019

New Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program Webpage

Person with paperwork and hard hat on a desk.Are you a contractor who performs routine alterations and additions on one-or-two family dwellings or accessory structures or construction of new detached accessory structures? Are you a homeowner looking for a contractor for your home remodeling project? The Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) program might be right for you!

The Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) program is designed to serve contractors that perform recurring alteration and addition work as well as new construction of accessory structures. The FIR program pairs contractors with a Senior Combination Inspector from the Bureau of Development Services, who are certified to do plan review and inspections to assist with your projects from conception to completion. To participate in the program contractors must be registered to participate.

Starting today, homeowners can see what type of projects qualify for the program and a complete list of all registered contractors to help in selecting a contractor for their project. Contractors interested in the FIR program can learn about the program requirements and determine if being a part of FIR would be the right fit for their business.

For more information about the FIR program, visit our webpage.

  


 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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Deadline to Finalize ADU Permits Submitted for Review Prior to July 31, 2018 is June 30, 2020

To encourage development and increase housing stock, the Portland City Council began waiving SDC fees assessed to ADU permits in 2010. Last year, City Council revised the SDC waiver and reaffirmed a June 30, 2020 deadline for previously approved ADUs to complete construction.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
April 1, 2019

Deadline to Finalize ADU Permits Submitted for
Review Prior to July 31, 2018 is June 30, 2020

The Portland City Council views construction of Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) as an essential component of meeting the City of Portland’s housing density goals. Building permits submitted to the Bureau of Development Services that include new dwelling units are charged System Development Charges (SDC).  These fees, which are assessed by the Water Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Bureau of Transportation, are to help offset the impact that project will have on the City’s infrastructure. To encourage development and increase housing stock, the Portland City Council began waiving SDC fees assessed to ADU permits in 2010. Last year, City Council revised the SDC waiver and reaffirmed a deadline for previously approved ADUs to complete construction.

If you applied for a permit to construct an ADU on or before July 31, 2018, your project must be constructed and receive final inspection approval by June 30, 2020. If your ADU project completion occurs on or after August 1, 2020, you will either need to pay SDC fees or comply with newly adopted rules of the ADU SDC Waiver Programs.  If you intend to use the completed ADU, or any other structure on the lot, as an accessory short-term rental within the first 10 years of the final approval of the building permit, you will not be eligible for the SDC ADU Waiver Program and City Bureaus may collect applicable SDC fees.   

When planning your project, please be mindful of this deadline. Although ADUs are typically smaller than single family residences, construction and inspections of an ADU does not happen on a shrunken schedule.

Participation in the SDC ADU Waiver Program requires a $400 processing fee paid to the City’s Revenue Division of the Office of Management and Finance. The SDC ADU Waiver Program also requires a Restrictive Covenant to be recorded with the Multnomah County Recorder’s Office stating that you agree not to use any structure on the lot (including the ADU) as an accessory short-term rental for 10 years after final approval of the building permit. If the ADU is used as an accessory short-term rental at any time during the 10-year period, any waived SDC fees must be repaid at 150% of the then-current SDC rate.  Specific guidelines on the new ADU SDC Waiver Program may be found here.

Zoning regulations related to ADUs, where they can be constructed and applicable design parameters are available in the Portland Zoning Code, Chapter 33.205. More information of System Development Charges can be found here.

Have questions about whether your ADU project is subject to the deadline for final inspection approval? Contact Christy Pierce at 503-823-7916 or 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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Revisions to Program Guide on Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations

The Bureau of Development Services made updates to the Program Guide on Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations in November 2018. After having used the guide for a few months, staff and customers have identified several opportunities for clarification.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 15, 2019

Revisions to Program Guide on
Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations

The Bureau of Development Services made updates to the Program Guide on Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations in November 2018. After having used the guide for a few months, staff and customers have identified several opportunities for clarification. Updates to the guide include:

  • For permits under review, changed the maximum extension time for commercial permits from 90 days to 180 days to comply with the pending 2019 edition of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC).
  • Clarified that the extensions are granted for a specific number of days from the date the permit is set to expire (as opposed to the date the extension is granted).
  • For permits under review, clarified that even if there is an incomplete checksheet response, or delays caused by other city processes, an extension request must still be submitted to keep the permit active, consistent with long-standing practice.
  • For permits under review, added language that within the last 30 days before expiration, ALL checksheet responses must be submitted to keep the permit active, consistent with long-standing practice.
  • Added a statement, consistent with city code, that permits are automatically extended each time it receives an approved inspection.

To view the updated Program Guide, click here.

Contact: Emily Sandy (Code & Policy Development) Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828.

 

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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