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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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How do I have a say in what gets built?

1. When policies or zoning rules are written

In general, the Zoning Map and regulations in the Zoning Code are the result of long-range planning projects conducted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).

2. At a required Neighborhood Contact meeting

Certain projects require an applicant to schedule and host a public meeting prior to submitting for a land use review or building permit. The meeting provides an informal non-binding opportunity for information sharing.

3. In the land use review process

Depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed, a project may require a land use review. Land use reviews are required when the Zoning Code “triggers” a review for a specific use or development project.

4. In the building permit review process

Building permits are non-discretionary land use decisions. This means that permits are reviewed against clear and objective land use standards. An example of such a standard is a height limit of 35 feet.

5. During Pre-Application conferences and Design Advice Requests

BDS offers several types of early assistance meetings before submittal of a land use review or building permit application, including Pre-Application Conferences and Design Advice Requests. These early assistance meetings provide an opportunity for public comment.