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Plans Examiner - July/August 2014 Issue

Plans Examiner - July/August 2014

  • 2013-2014 Landlord Training Program Recap

    The 2013-2014 series of the City of Portland’s Landlord Training Program marks the fifteenth training series coordinated by the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services, Neighborhood Inspections Team.

  • City Reducing Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit Fees

    Effective immediately, the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services will be reducing the fees for Prescriptive Residential Solar Permits from $554 to $263, a 52% fee reduction.

  • ITAP Updates

    The ITAP Team continues to make progress developing specifications for configuring the future base permitting software (Infor Public Sector, or IPS) according to the workflows of individual permit types, such as trade permits, land use reviews, etc.

  • Budget & Financial Plan Update

    Mayor Hales’ FY 2014-15 Proposed Budget was released May 1st and was approved by the full City Council (with some changes) on May 28, 2014.

  • BDS Organizational Assessment & Strategic Plan Update

    Over the last several years, BDS has undergone significant organizational changes as a result of the dramatic swings in the national and local economy.

  • Zoning Code Changes July 11, 2014

    Amendments to the Portland Zoning Code took effect on July 11, 2014. The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) includes more than 30 Zoning Code amendments and significant changes to four chapters.

  • DRAC Happenings

    BDS is now moving forward with implementation of a voluntary demolition notification process based on recommendations from the DRAC.

  • BDS Career Opportunities

    Have you considered a career with the Bureau of Development Services? BDS is currently recruiting for the following positions with more opening in July. Follow the links for more information on the positions and how to apply.

  • BDS Customer Survey Coming Soon

    BDS strives for continuous improvement to our services. Towards that end, over the next two months we will reach out to our stakeholders via email to invite participation in an online customer survey.

  • Current Service Level Updates from BDS

    The Bureau of Development Services has been very busy since the May/June addition of the Plans Examiner. Below is a list of Press Releases, Customer Notifications, and blog postings in case you have missed them.

  • Stormwater Corner

    Commercial Projects: Private Stormwater Treatment Systems Require Two Permits and Environmental Services will Limit Refunds of Sewer Connection Permit Fees.

  • BES names several Alien Plant Invaders and asks for help controlling them

    Message from BES: Invasive species affect us all. They damage our forests, streams and rivers, and property. Nationwide, damages associated with invasive species are estimated to be $120 billion each year...

  • Make your property, office or home more resilient

    Make your property, office or home more resilient, Ideal for building professionals and facility managers

  • Preview proposed land use changes for the new Comprehensive Plan in a new interactive map

    Soon you can view a preview of the proposed land use changes for Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. The Map App preview will show work-in-progress on new land use designations throughout the city.