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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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Do I need a public works permit?

Step 1a. Public Works Permitting - Do I need a public works permit?

Research Land Use Review Public Works Permitting Inspections Plan Review Plan Submittal Land Use Review Public Works Permitting Planning & Zoning

Public Works Permitting - Do I need a public works permit?

When properties develop, public services are needed to serve these developments. Services such as sanitary sewer, water, street improvements and stormwater management are necessary. A Public Works Permit is a permit required for privately funded public improvements constructed in a public right-of-way in the City of Portland. Because these public works improvements are intended for public use, City staff must review and approve plans prior to construction.

A public works improvement and permit may be required as part of a building permit review or as part of a Land Use Review, such as a subdivision. At the time of these reviews, staff will inform an applicant of the requirements. The applicant may also research requirements in advance by visiting the Development Services Center (DSC) and speaking with a representative from PBOT or Public Works, or scheduling a Public Works Inquiry Meeting.

Projects that typically require a Public Works Permit include: 

  • Curb and street pavement construction
  • Sidewalk reconstruction
  • Street lighting
  • Stormwater facilities for street drainage
  • Sewer mainline extensions
  • Water main extensions for subdivisions in proposed (new) public rights-of-way

For more information go to the Public Works Permitting Website at or visit the Development Services Center. 

Planning & Zoning - What can I do on my site?

Plan Submittal - What do I need to provide to get a permit?