Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

Design Advice Requests

An applicant may request design advice from the Design Commission or Historic Landmarks Commission prior to submitting a Type III Design Review or Historic Design Review. Design Advice Requests are optional. Design advice requests provide early feedback on projects such as:

  • A typical building types or configurations unable to draw on other prior project approvals to assess approval potential
  • Design Advice RequestProjects which might include elements that do not appear to conform to design guidelines, and which may require a waiver of one or more design guidelines
  • Unique urban design schemes for which interest or support is sought prior to approaching other agencies

Submittal Requirements

Submit your design advice request in the Development Services Center.

Process: Requests will typically be heard by the commission at a public hearing approximately 5 weeks from the submittal date and fee payment. A return [second] DAR is allowed, without additional fees, provided it is within 6-months of the first hearing date. Design advice requests may be made for a project prior to or after a pre-application conference, but do not substitute for a required pre-application conference (see pre-application conference).

Design advice requests may not be made for a specific project or site with an active land use review application.

Results: Responses from the commission will be documented by staff within 2 weeks of the hearing.

Questions? For further assistance with the land use and zoning regulations that apply to your site, please call us at (503) 823-7526, or visit Planning and Zoning Staff in the Development Services Center.


For more information on Historic and Design Reviews, see our Design Review and Historic Review pages.