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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Plans Examiner - January/February 2015 Issue

The Plans Examiner 2015 - January/February Issue

  • Title 11, Tree Code

    All building permit applications submitted to BDS will be reviewed for compliance with the new Tree Code, Title 11, requirements.

  • ITAP Customer Advisory Committee Seeks Additional Members

    The IT Advancement Project’s Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately twelve members who represent a variety of interests.

  • Budget & Financial Plan Update

    BDS staff has been meeting frequently with stakeholder groups as we work to formulate our budget request and updated 5-Year Financial Plan for Fiscal Year 2015-16 (July 2015 – June 2016).

  • DRAC Happenings

    DRAC Happenings highlights the activities of the City’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The DRAC is the City’s primary advisory body regarding development review.

  • BDS Career Opportunities

    This is a very exciting and dynamic time for the bureau! In 2014, the bureau hired 49 employees.* In addition, 18 BDS employees were promoted, and 24 transferred internally to new positions within the bureau.

  • BDS Customer Survey Results Summary

    From 2002 – 2008 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) conducted annual telephone surveys of permit and land use customers as a key part of our effort to continuously improve our services and programs.

  • The Benefits of On-site Stormwater Management

    Recently this year, Environmental Services observed the return of native Coho Salmon to one of our local urban streams that has not been recorded in decades.

  • February Fix-It Fairs

    Save the Date! The 2014-2015 Fix-It Fair season wraps up with its final event February 21, 2015 at David Douglas High School.

  • The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is gathering community input on Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan

    Currently, the Planning and Sustainability Commission is heading into several long work sessions to discuss various issues in the plan, and Portlanders are invited to submit written testimony up until March 13, 2015.

  • Holiday Closure: Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015

    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.