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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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What was the purpose of the Demolition Delay Ordinance?

The original demolition delay provisions enacted prior to the Demolition Delay Ordinance were intended to bring older apartment buildings and residential hotels up to relevant structural, fire and life safety standards to save them from demolition and to maintain the City’s affordable housing stock. Similarly, the Demolition Delay Ordinance was enacted in 1988 to preserve housing and is entitled, “Demolition Delay – Housing Preservation.” The Demolition Delay Ordinance balances a property owner’s right to develop the property with the desire to preserve viable housing stock by encouraging property owners to move or rehabilitate residential structures that can be preserved as an alternative to demolition.