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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Relocating or Opening a Small Business

If you are looking for a new business location in Portland, there are many things to consider before you buy or lease a site. What seems like a great value may turn into a huge liability if the building you are considering cannot be altered to fit your business, if it needs major structural work or if the zoning won’t allow your type of business. Don’t rely solely on information provided by sales agents because they may not fully understand zoning regulations or any special requirements your business may have in meeting building codes.
The staff in the Development Services Center can help you find current zoning, allowable uses, past land use decisions and requirements, current occupancy classifications and a history of permits issued for the structure.
  • Find out existing requirements on the site and/or structure and what that could mean in time and money before you make the decision to buy or lease
  • Check the current occupancy classification of the building for compatibility with your business and verify property zoning
  • Review past land use decisions to determine how they will impact your proposed business
  • Look at building records for past permits and code violations
  • Request fire inspection records for past code violations
  • Determine if the property needs to be connected to the city sewer system