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 the Permit Center 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.
The bureaus/review groups that will check your project vary depending on the scope of work and may include:
- Planning and Zoning Review
- Life Safety Review
- Structural Review
- Residential Subsurface Evaluation—Site Development Review
- Bureau of Environmental Services
- Portland Department of Transportation
- Urban Forestry Review
When the last technical review is approved, your permit will be issued. If the permit can be approved “over the counter”, you would pay the full amount at that time. If the permit is taken in for review, you would pay a partial amount covering the review fees, and the balance of the fees when it is ready to pick up. You will be contacted and given your final fee total when your permit is ready.