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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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Commercial Permits

The current state building code governing commercial and engineered residential construction is the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), which is based upon the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) as amended by the State of Oregon.

Wind: Design wind pressures are to be determined using the 3-second gust wind speed and the procedures of the 2016 edition of Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-16) or in accordance with the alternate method contained in the OSSC (if applicable). The design wind speeds 3-second gust for the City of Portland are:

Risk Category Vult (mph)
I 92
II 98
III 105
IV 110

Wind exposure category is site dependent and must be determined by the Engineer of Record based upon site conditions.


  • All locations within or administered by the City of Portland are classified as Seismic Design Category D in accordance with the procedures of the OSSC.
  • Seismic design parameters for specific sites may be determined based upon zip-code or latitude and longitude using the web tool developed by the Applied Technology Council at or OSHPD at
  • City of Portland Title 24.85 governs mandatory seismic upgrades for existing buildings. A seismic upgrade may be required for existing buildings undergoing a change of use or occupancy, addition, renovation, alteration, or URM building re-roof. Please refer to City of Portland Title 24.85 for additional information.

Chapter 24.85, section 24.85.065 (B) of the Portland City code requires certain cost triggers be adjusted annually by the construction cost index. The following are the updated cost triggers.

Table 24.85-C
Building Description Cost of Alteration or Repair in 2-year period
Single story Unreinforced Masonry (URM) building  $66.51
Unreinforced Masonry (URM) building two or more stories, or URM building with special hazards (see Title 24.85.065B) $49.88

The updated costs for required ASCE 41 evaluation report per section 24.85.060 is $290,977.
See Frequently Asked Questions on Title 24.85.

For information about the URM list, please click here.

Five Stories of Wood-framed Residential Construction over a Concrete Podium:
See Frequently Asked Questions on this topic.

Corrugated Metal Shear Walls
Minimum Requirements for the use of Corrugated Metal Shear Walls as a lateral system

Solar Installations

Deferred Submittals
Click here for information, guidelines and requirements for deferred submittals.