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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

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BDS Holiday and Closures and Schedule Changes

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 our upcoming holiday closure schedule.

BDS Service Level Update

SERVICE UPDATE
November 20, 2017

BDS Holiday and Closures and Schedule Changes

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services is providing advance notice of our upcoming holiday closures and schedule changes. 

  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving) and
  • Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 (Day after Thanksgiving)

All Bureau of Development Services will be closed 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 (DELAYED OPENING – Yearly Bureau-wide Family Gathering Event)
    1st and 2nd Floors – open at 9 a.m.
    5th Floor Reception – open at 9 a.m. 
  • Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 (Christmas Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services will be closed 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
    Development Service Center 1st floor closed
    Permitting Services Office 2nd floor closed
    All other Bureau of Development Services Office will be open for regular business and requested daily inspections will be performed. 
  • Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 - No Residential Permit Night 
  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (New Year’s Day Holiday, Observed)
    All Bureau of Development Services will be closed

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.

City to allow RVs, tiny homes on wheels on private property with conditions

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades..."

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
October 16, 2017

Commissioner Eudaly Statement Regarding Tiny Home and RV Enforcement

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades. As the City Commissioner with responsibility for the Bureau of Development Services, which enforces local building codes, I have asked the bureau to deprioritize enforcement against tiny homes and people sleeping in RVs parked on private property effective immediately.” BDS staff will begin work on developing code language to permanently allow tiny homes in conformance with recently passed HB 2737 and will continue to deprioritize enforcement against sleeping RVs on private property throughout the housing emergency.

BDS staff will use the following guidelines to continue to uphold safety and health standards aimed at protecting occupants of tiny homes and RVs as well as residents and neighbors:

Parking lots of non-residential occupied structures (religious institution, place of worship, business, or public entity)

  • Property owner may grant permission for up to three vehicles (vehicle, motorhome, camper trailer, etc.) for sleeping.

Properties with Single Family Structures or Duplexes

  • Property owner and tenant may grant permission for one vehicle for sleeping.
  • Vehicles must be located in legal parking areas on the property. (meet Zoning Code requirements)

General requirements for all overnight sleeping arrangements

Sanitation

  • Property owner shall make available sanitary facilities. 
  • Options include using sanitary facilities within the structure, pumping holding tanks off-site or having vendor pump out holding tank, or permitting and installing a legal sanitary dump station on site.
  • Portable toilets (with ongoing service and maintenance) are only allowed at non-residential properties.

Electrical

  • Property owner shall make available electrical connections. 
  • Options include extension cords from an approved outlet in the home or permitting and installing a pedestal for plug in. 
  • No hard connections are allowed.
  • Use of generators is not allowed.
  • Property owner shall subscribe to and pay for garbage, recycling, and composting service.

City may enforce Title 29.50.050 if it determines that the camping activity on the property constitutes a nuisance or other threat to the public welfare.

Additional Restrictions

  • Accessory Short Term Rental operations may not be operated out of vehicles (tiny homes, RVs, camper trailers, motorhomes, etc.)
  • Tiny homes and RVs continue to be subject to restrictions noted in PCC 24.50.065 Recreational Vehicles located in Areas of Special Flood Hazard or Base Flood Zones.

For more information, please contact David Austin at David.Austin@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-1365. 

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Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Corrections

Effective November 1, 2017

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
September 26, 2017

Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Correction Effective November 1, 2017

The Planting and Establishment Fee in Lieu was updated to $325/inch in our FY 18 fee schedule. However, the Preservation Fee in Lieu (per tree), which is calculated using a formula incorporating the Planting and Establishment Fee, was not updated at that time. We are correcting that now and those corrections are scheduled to be effective November 1st.

Fee Current Correction
Preservation, Fee in Lieu (per tree):    
Trees ≥12 and <20 inches diameter $1,200.00 $1,300.00
Trees ≥20 and <36 inches diameter $2,400.00 $2,600.00
Trees ≥36 inches diameter               $300.00 per inch $325.00 per inch

 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/655647

For more information, please contact Urban Forestry at trees@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-TREE (8733). 

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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. 503-823-7300 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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Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
September 22, 2017

Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

Residential Inspections is providing “Day Certain” scheduling. This means the IVR system will offer customers the first available inspection date and your inspection will occur on that day. If you need to schedule inspections 487 (BES On‐Site Stormwater Facility Evaluation) or 507 (Tree Preservation) please call 503‐823‐7388 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you need to schedule inspection 842 (Decommission Septic System) please call 503‐823‐6892 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Residential Inspection Routes List is posted each day by 8:15am

Tree Inspections will not show up on this schedule. Please call 503‐823‐8733 (TREE) for more information.

Residential Inspections contact information:

Name  Title  Phone Number
Janell Piercy Section Manager N / NE 503-823-4735
Tim Morris Section Manager NW / SW / SE 503‐823‐7456
Joe Discascio Sr. Building Inspector/Special Inspections  503‐823‐4904
Jim Bechtel Sr. Plumbing Inspector  503‐823‐7386
Dave Scranton  Sr. Electrical Inspector  503‐823‐2910
Lyle Bohnet  Sr. Mechanical Inspector  503‐823‐7401
Cynthia Kotaniemi  Permit extensions & expirations  503‐823‐9258
Support Staff    503‐823‐7388

 

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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. 503-823-7300 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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Tenant Improvement Permits: Timing of Core/Shell and TI Permits

BDS has determined that TI permits may also be issued when a core/shell permit meets Substantial Completion Guidelines.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
July 27, 2017

Tenant Improvement Permits: Timing of Core/Shell and TI Permits

In the past, tenant improvement permits (TIs) associated with a core/shell permit could be issued only if the core/shell permit had received final inspection approval, a certificate of occupancy or a temporary certificate of occupancy. Exceptions were made on a case by case basis. However, there are situations where a temporary certificate of occupancy is not an option, or where final inspection of the entire core/shell building will not occur until a later time. BDS has determined that TI permits may also be issued when a core/shell permit meets Substantial Completion Guidelines. Establishing Substantial Completion guidelines will help ensure more consistent expectations for both customers and staff, and allow projects to progress at a timely rate without negatively affecting compliance with fire, life safety, structural, and other requirements.
 
In summary, TI permits associated with a core/shell building permit can be issued if:

  1. The core/shell permit also establishes the Occupancy, and a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued;
  2. The core/shell does not establish occupancy, but a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued indicating completion but that does not authorize actual physical occupancy of the structure/building; or
  3. The core/shell permit meets the new Substantial Completion Guidelines, as determined by the building inspector. 

Substantial Completion Guidelines: 

  1. Structure must be framed and dried in.
  2. Elevator, stair, exit passage ways must be framed and wallboard/core board installed, inspected and approved.
  3. HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler and fire alarm system must be rough in for the core shell permit, inspected and approved with systems available for TI work to connect to those systems.
  4. Fire stopping of the core and shell permitted work within the TI area must be completed, inspected and approved.
  5. No core/shell permit revisions that overlap with the TI area may be Under Review (not yet issued). Shell permit revisions that overlap with TI’s Issued or Under Review, will require work to be stopped on the TI (or delay TI review) until such time as core/shell permit revisions are Issued. Core/shell permit revisions that impact TI’s will require TI re-review prior to re-start of TI work.
  6. The TI permit must include a clear statement that occupancy will not be approved until the core and shell work is completed, inspected, approved and at a minimum a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
  7. Specific circumstances of the project and building may be considered at the inspector’s discretion.

Early communication necessary
To effectively utilize the options available for issuance of TI permits prior to final inspection of the core/shell building, early communication with BDS is essential. Customers should communicate their intent at pre-construction meetings or before, if possible.
 
Contact:
Mitch Nickolds, BDS Inspection Services Manager 503-823-1054
Andy Peterson, BDS Plan Review/Permitting Services Manager 503-823-7883

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.
503-823-7300 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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