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Eclipse Traffic Impacts on Inspection Services

The Bureau of Development Services will be open and providing inspection services the day of the eclipse (August 21st) and the following day (August 22nd). However, due to the anticipated traffic congestion on August 21st and 22nd, delays are anticipated in traveling to each inspection site.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
August 16, 2017

Eclipse Traffic Impacts on Inspection Services

The Bureau of Development Services will be open and providing inspection services the day of the eclipse (August 21st) and the following day (August 22nd). However, due to the anticipated traffic congestion on August 21st and 22nd, delays are anticipated in traveling to each inspection site. These traffic delays will impact the number of inspections each inspector can complete each day. In order to avoid scheduling more inspections than we can perform those days, the Inspection Services Division is reducing the daily inspection capacity to 50% of the normal capacity to account for these delays Monday through Wednesday August 21-23.   

It is likely even residential and side streets will become congested as drivers take alternate routes to avoid gridlock on main streets. If traffic gridlock occurs inspectors will prioritize inspections in the downtown core and travel via Max and Street Car. Also, for minor work requiring inspections and cover please contact your inspector for alternative methods such as submitting video and photos. 

Thank you in advance for your patience!  

Contact:
Mitch Nickolds, BDS Inspection Services Manager 503-823-1054

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

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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.

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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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Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County.

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SERVICE UPDATE
June 19, 2017

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

Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County. Instead of requiring applicants to record decisions after a land use review has been approved, land use services staff will be working directly with the county to record decisions. This includes paying for the cost of the recording. This costs ranges from $56 to over $100 per land use review. This will be a cost savings for applicants, save time from having to go to the county recorder office and eliminate a step that was required before applying for a construction permit. This change will also reduce staff time that was taken to reissue lost recording documents or to explain the confusing process to applicants new to the process.

Projects may or may not require a land use review depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed. Land use reviews are required when the zoning code "triggers" a review for a specific use or development project. Regulations directing a proposal to a land use review can be found in the base zones, overlay zones, plan districts, and other sections of the zoning code, as well as within conditions of approval from past land use approvals at the site. Most review "triggers" are located in the zoning code chapter addressing a particular topic.

Find additional information about Zoning and Land Use here: 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/35881

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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New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

BDS Press Release letterhead

SERVICE UPDATE
June 12, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer, at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-4268

New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Information gathered at these meetings will assist the applicant in developing appropriate and complete submittal documents for their project, which should help streamline the permitting process.  
 
The Tier 1 meetings will be scheduled for simpler projects, and two meetings have been reserved for Monday afternoons starting June 26th. Typically, “retail only” shops can receive the information they need through this Tier 1 Preliminary Life Safety meeting. BDS and the Fire Bureau will provide consistent staff at these meetings (Life Safety Plans Examiner, Mechanical Engineer, Fire Plans Examiner).  In addition, a City Planner will attend these meetings to provide zoning information. The fee for the meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.  Staff require a minimum of 5 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting. To schedule a Tier 1 meeting, businesses need to submit a complete Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545
 
The Tier 2 meetings are for larger, more complex cannabis businesses such as production (growing), processing (extraction), wholesale operations, or some combination of these business types. BDS will offer reserved consecutive Early Assistance (EA) and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings on Thursday mornings beginning June 29th. The Early Assistance – Zoning and Infrastructure meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to the zoning code, as well as the infrastructure bureaus (Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parks Bureau). The Preliminary Life Safety meeting will be offered in conjunction, and will provide consistent staff including a Life Safety Plans Examiner, a Mechanical Engineer, and a Fire Plans Examiner. Offering back to back Early Assistance meetings and Preliminary Life Safety meetings should provide these larger, more complex projects with a full picture of the requirements related to their proposal. These larger projects may trigger significant improvements beyond the building footprint itself, and these can be identified earlier through the EA meeting rather than at the building permit stage, when large budget items can severely impact project viability.  To schedule a Tier 2 meeting, businesses must submit both the Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application and the Preliminary Life Safety Meeting application. When submitting the information and scheduling the package of consecutive meetings, please be aware that staff require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date. The meetings will be scheduled first come first served, based on availability.   

There are two information packets that need to be submitted to schedule the two meetings. The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting Packet should be submitted first and will be reviewed for completeness.  Please contact Cassandra Scholte at cassandra.scholte@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6856 to schedule an appointment to submit the Life Safety Meeting Request materials. The Early Assistance application will be submitted in person in the Development Services Center. The fees will be paid for both meetings, and the meeting can be scheduled at that time. 

The fees for the consecutive meetings are: 
Preliminary Life Safety meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.    
Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure meeting is an additional $2,074. Please note these fees will increase at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1st.

The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet can be found here: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545
The Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application can be found here: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/136435.

It is important that applicants continue to work with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) in the cannabis registration and licensure program: www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/67575.

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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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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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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