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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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Plan Review Process

Some simple permits can be reviewed and issued "over the counter” in the Development Services Center.  You will meet individually with city staff from different departments.  Each staff person will review your plans with you to verify that the proposed construction meets requirements. If information is missing or if corrections are needed, you will be asked to update your plans. In this case, another trip to thePermitCenter may be needed.

If the project is more complex and a review cannot be completed over the counter, the plans will be taken in for further review. You will be sent a checksheet requesting any clarifications or corrections. For additional information on the review process, see the permitting process overview flowchart.

If your project qualifies as a Major Addition, then the required notification delay can overlap with the time the permit is being reviewed. However, the permit cannot be issued until 35 days after the neighborhood notification requirements have been met.

The bureaus/review groups that will check your project vary depending on the scope of work and may include:

  • Planning and Zoning
  • Life Safety
  • Structural
  • Site Development Review
  • Bureau of Environmental Services Review
  • Bureau of Transportation
  • Urban Forestry Review
  • Water Bureau