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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


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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Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 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.

BDS Service Level Update

  Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 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 offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Observance of Presidents’ Day.

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

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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Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 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.

BDS Service Update

SERVICE UPDATE
January 10, 2017 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017

 

Holiday Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 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 Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

Beginning February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 21, 2016


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

Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

Currently, the City’s permitting software program does not actively expire or void trade permits per State Code and instead shows them in “Issued” or “Under Inspection” status indefinitely. This creates confusion for customers, the public and City employees about the actual status of a trade permit. To address this issue, on February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes, per the table below.

State and City code require that issued trade permits that have not had an approved inspection within 180 days be expired. Code also states that expired permits may be reactivated within 180 days of expiration. However, after 180 days in “Expired” status, permits must be voided. A voided permit may not be reactivated; and a new permit is required in order for the customer to complete the work and for the City to inspect the work.

To help transition the holders of inactive trade permits through this change, trade permits that have been inactive will be changed to “Expired” and “Void” status in three groups, older permits, more recent permits, and future permits, as follows:

Inactive Permits in Issued or Under Inspection Status
  Older Permits More Recent Permits New Permits
Date Range Permits with expiration dates prior to July 1, 2014 Permits with expiration dates of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017 Permits with expiration dates beginning on February 1, 2017
Expired Status Bypass expired status Automatically expire on February 1, 2017 Automatically expire after 180 days of inactivity in issued or under inspection status
Void Status Automatically void on February 1, 2017 Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status

*As currently allowed, trade permits may be extended prior to their expiration once for up to 180 days, upon request by the customer.

Action Required to Keep Your Permit Active:

Expiration date Prior to July 1, 2014:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before February 1, 2017, OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to February 1, 2017

Expiration date of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before February 1, 2017, OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to February 1, 2017; OR
  • Request reactivation of the permit within 180 days after February 1, 2017 

Expiration date of February 1, 2017 and beyond:

  • Obtain an approved inspection before the expiration date; OR
  • Request a permit extension prior to the expiration date; OR
  • Request reactivation of the permit within 180 days after expiration date.  

How to View A Permit’s Expiration Date 

How to View A Permit’s Expiration Date  

  1. Go to www.PortlandMaps.com and enter the property address.
  2. On the right hand side, scroll down to locate the “Permits and Zoning” heading and select “Permits” button.
  3. On the right hand side, find the appropriate permit and select it.
  4. Locate the expiration date as shown on the screenshot above.

How to Request a Permit Inspection, Extension or Reactivation 

Inspections may be requested through the IVR system by calling 503-823-7000. 

Permit extensions or permit reactivations may be requested in writing which may done online:

If you have questions, please contact our Support Teams:

  • Commercial Inspections — 503-823-7303
  • Residential Inspections — 503-823-7388

Definitions 

  • Issued: Permit issued, no inspections called for.
  • Under Inspection: Permit issued, at least one inspection called for.
  • Expired: Permit expired, but may be reactivated within 180 days of expiration.
  • Reactivate: The act of changing a permit status from “Expired” to “Issued” or “Under Inspection”, beginning a new expiration “clock” of up to 180 days.
  • Void: Permit has exhausted the 180 expiration period, and may not be reactivated.

 

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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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