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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

  • Holiday Closure - Thursday, July 4 • Partial Closure - Friday, July 5 Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781

  • Learn more about POPS The Portland Online Permitting (POPS) program will modernize our current permitting system into an online, enhanced customer service delivery system.

  • Development Review Process & Life of a Permit Video

  • Translated Documents The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access to the benefits of municipal programs and services for all Portland residents, regardless of their proficiency in English.

  • Visiting the Development Services Center? Please check the Development Services Center Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting. We look forward to serving you!

  • View the Latest Edition of the Plans Examiner (June 2019) A bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland.

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions and Pre-Application Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

News & Events View all »

  1. Jun 18

    Request for Feedback: Draft of New Administrative Rule on Requirements for Notification Signs on Future Development Sites

    The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) wants your input on the first draft of an administrative rule outlining requirements for signs posted on future development sites.

  2. Jun 6

    Structural Advisory Board Meeting • June 12, 2019

    The Structural Advisory Board will meet on June 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. to discuss the appeal for the proposed Atomic Orchard project located at 2510 NE Sandy Blvd.

  3. Apr 3

    New Code Guide for Conducting Slope Hazard Evaluations Effective May 28, 2019

    A new code guide has been developed to provide guidance to Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists that conduct required slope hazard evaluations. The building code sections pertaining to slope hazard evaluations in the ORSC, OSSC, and the Portland City Code Title 24 do not include specific requirements for slope hazard evaluations.

  4. Mar 29

    New Simple Bathroom Permit Program

    Beginning on April 1, 2019, The Bureau of Development Services will launch a new program to simplify bathroom permits for small projects.

  5. Mar 28

    1-Day Training Course (April 23, 2019): Seismic Assessment & Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings

    Are you interested in seismically retrofitting your home? Are you interested in seismically retrofitting your home? PBEM is offering a FREE training on FEMA retrofit guidelines. Register here: https://bit.ly/2YzU9Fl

Service Updates View all »

  1. Jun 4

    Inspections Scheduling System Updated to Include Details on Erosion Control Inspection Requirements

    The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is updating the interactive voice response (IVR) Inspection Request system message to include important details on Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200), effective today.

  2. Apr 29

    New Program from BDS: Remote Video Re-inspections (RVR)

    The Remote Inspection Program provides an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections.

  3. Apr 10

  4. Apr 8

    New Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program Webpage

    Are you a contractor who performs routine alterations and additions on one-or-two family dwellings or accessory structures or construction of new detached accessory structures? Are you a homeowner look for a contractor for your home remodeling project? The Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) might be right for you!

  5. Apr 1

    Deadline to Finalize ADU Permits Submitted for Review Prior to July 31, 2018 is June 30, 2020

    To encourage development and increase housing stock, the Portland City Council began waiving SDC fees assessed to ADU permits in 2010. Last year, City Council revised the SDC waiver and reaffirmed a June 30, 2020 deadline for previously approved ADUs to complete construction.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Hours of Operation

General Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Development Services Center Review Counters, including interagency partners (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

*Hours may vary per specific interagency partner, please click link for specific interagency desk hours

Development Services Center 1st and 2nd Screen Submittal Counters (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Residential Permit Night:

Extended service hours for homeowners, tenants and their residential permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)

1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month 5 — 7:30 p.m.