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City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
June 22, 2016

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

City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) collects fees under various fee schedules to fund Bureau operations including inspections, plan review, permit issuance, land use review, customer assistance meetings, and other functions. Since 1988, construction-related programs operating at BDS (approximately 95% of bureau budget) have been primarily self-supporting. BDS is committed to keeping fees as low as possible while still meeting cost recovery goals and supporting staff levels sufficient to meet customers’ needs.  

This commitment, coupled with significantly improved permit revenues over the last few years, is enabling the Bureau to reduce building and site development permit fees by 3% for all projects over $500 in valuation. However, the Environmental Soils fee will increase by 10% as the last of a multi-year agreement correcting a significant historical funding issue in that program.

BDS worked with the Fees & Regulations Subcommittee of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) to determine which fees could be reduced, and to what extent. Factors considered included:

  • Forecasted BDS expenditures and personnel growth
  • Current and future economic conditions
  • Revenue projections
  • Current financial positions of individual programs.

**NOTE: Many development fees, including System Development Charges (SDCs), charged by other City of Portland bureaus including Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services, Transportation, and Water will be changing on July 1, 2016. See the System Development Charges website for how to contact those bureaus for more information.

The BDS fee schedules are available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds. If you have questions about the Bureau of Development Services fee changes, please contact Deborah Sievert Morris, BDS Business Operations and Finance Services Manager, at (503) 823-7338 or deborah.sievertmorris@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers.

BDS Service Level Update

SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
June 21, 2016
 

Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

 

The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. (See service level update from May 3rd, 2016.) In an effort to increase productivity and efficiency, the Life Safety Plan Review section is implementing a Completeness Checklist to be required with building permit applications for Commercial and Multifamily projects. This form will increase transparency for customers ready to submit for permit and will allow staff to quickly verify that plans are complete and ready to review.   

The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers. It does not increase the amount of information that is needed for a project. To learn more about submitting for a commercial building permit, please see https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/36659

The Completeness Checklist for Commercial Projects is now available online at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/571544. The form is required to be completed prior to meeting with a permit technician for application setup.   

Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Matt Rozzell, Life Safety Plan Review Manager, at Matthew.Rozzell@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5097.

Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

BDS Service Level Update

SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
May 26, 2016
 

Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions (MRAA) for Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Structures with a Residential Comprehensive Plan Map Designation

 

Since recent changes to Portland City Code Chapter 24.55 Building Demolition went into effect April 20, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services has implemented the requirement of a 35-day delay and/or notification prior to issuing permits for demolitions and major alterations and additions to non-accessory residential structures with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.

Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

This change to the applicability of the delay and/or notification requirements is based on the definition of residential structure in the Portland City Code (PCC), which is not restricted to single-family dwellings and duplexes. (See PCC 24.15.140.) The Code applies to all residential structures with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. (PCC 24.55.200(B) and 24.55.210(B).)

BDS recognizes and appreciates our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide. Customers are encouraged to review and consider these delay and notification requirements as they prepare to apply for permits. Information on these building codes and the permitting process is available on BDS’ Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information webpage. For more information contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3622.

Do you have feedback on the Demolition and MRAA Ordinance? Submit them to the Comments, Questions, Suggestions, and Concerns webpage set up to gather feedback from the community and construction industry on this topic.

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

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Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

January 20, 2016. The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Residential Combination Building Permit allows the combination of proposed structural/building work and associated Trade work (electrical, plumbing, mechanical) be combined into one permit application. Currently, subcontractor information for Trade work is not required at the time of Residential Combination Permit application, and is allowed to be added after the permit is issued. Adding subcontractor information after a permit is issued often causes confusion for BDS staff, applicants, contractors, and homeowners that results in lost time and delay in the permit inspection process.

Effective February 1, 2016, the following changes will be implemented to make the Residential Combination Building Permit application and inspection process more efficient:

                 • Applications for Residential Combination Building Permits are required to include completed 
                   Trade permit applications with sub-contractor information and required signatures

                 • If Residential Building Permit applications do not have completed Trade permit
                   applications at the time of submittal, Trade permits must be applied for separately

                We understand that this change will cause some level of inconvenience in the short-term and
                appreciate your understanding and patience during this transition phase. In the long-term, it will 
                allow the City and customers to operate more efficiently and reduce unneeded delays to the
                inspection process. 

Benefits of Residential Combination Building Permits
We strongly encourage permit applicants for residential projects to comply with the above requirements, so that they can realize the benefit of the Residential Combination Permit. The three primary benefits are: 

                  • Ability to use one IVR (permit) # to call for ALL inspections
                  • Ability to pay for ALL permits at one time
                  • Streamlines the permitting and inspection process

Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3622.

FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Clients
This change does not affect the FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Program’s permit and inspection processes. Please contact your FIR Inspector with any questions.

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

Updated: Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option and Changes to the BDS Online Permitting System

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option and
Changes to the BDS Online Permitting System

Updated September 10, 2015. The City of Portland is currently responding to a Payment Card Industry (PCI) audit. In an effort to mitigate issues identified in the audit findings, some Bureau customers will experience an interruption to services that involve credit card payments. As part of these efforts, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is working with its credit card payment vendor to improve the security features of our system, protect our customer’s personal and financial information, and reach compliance for future PCI Audits. This work will temporarily impact the ability to pay for additional inspections using the Interactive Voice Request (IVR) system and Building Code Appeals. 

Updated: This work will also impact the Bureau’s online permitting system for simple trade permits. The system will be unavailable on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM while upgrades to the system are in progress. 

Starting September 1, 2015: 

Updated: Starting September 4, 2015

  • On Friday, September 4, 2015, the BDS Permits Online webpage received upgrades that enhanced security and brought it into compliance with PCI standards. Because of this, the system will not save your credit card information – you will have to enter it with each transaction.
  • Minor additional changes to the webpage are described on the home page for BDS Permits Online.

Improvement to our credit card payment system is scheduled to be completed in June 2016. BDS will then resume payment features through the IVR system.
 
While these services are not available:

  • Customers who have requested the allotted number of inspections for their permit and need to purchase additional ones must call 503-823-9291 to arrange purchase of the additional inspections. After making these arrangements, payment must be made in the BDS offices at the Development Service Center (DSC) or by mailing a check in to BDS Offices. To call for hours of operation of the DSC phone 503-823-7310, and select option 1. Customers will not be able to pay for additional inspections using the IVR system
     
  • Building Code Appeal Fees can be paid by mailing a check to the BDS offices at the address listed on the form, or accepted at the 5th floor reception area at 1900 SW 4th Avenue. If paying in person, a check can be dropped off between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. If payment is to be made by credit card, please visit during the Development Services Center hours of operation. Please see the Building Code Appeal webpage for details. 

BDS recognizes our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, and apologize for any inconvenience this temporary change in service creates. For more information contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4268.