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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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Recent updates to the BDS Webpages and Informational Documents

BDS Webpage Updates: 

Accessory Short Term Rentals - Effective February 13, 2015 the Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) regulations have been extended to include residents of apartment and condo buildings who want to rent bedrooms to outside guests for less than 30 days. Read the Service Level Update our go straight to the BDS Accessory Short Term Rental Permitting in a Multi-Dwelling Structure webpages for more information.

Bureau of Development Services Workload Measures - The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Workload Measures Dashboard includes a number of graphs updated weekly, that provide a general picture of the Bureau’s permitting workload. Updates include:

BDS worked with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) to publish the presentation “ABCs of Land Use Training Information” on their website, take a look for a great overview of Land Use Code Title 33. A link to this page is found on the BDS website Zoning/Land Use, scroll down to find it towards the bottom of the page. BDS Zoning Land Use staff have also been busy editing multiple documents to incorporate the recently implemented Tree Code, which now has its own website. In addition, they worked with BDS and Tree staff to develop these two informational flyers on Tree regulations for both development and non-development situations.

Also recently updated is the New Users tab in the BDS website. Check out the updated graphics in the Development Review Process.

Program/Code Guides:

New Code Guide IBC/29/#1: Minimum Number of Toilet Room Plumbing Fixtures in Small Drinking and Dining Establishments.  

Rescind Code Guide UBC/13/#1-Loose Fill Insulation on Sloped Ceilings. The Oregon Revised Structural Code (ORSC) Section 1104.2, now addresses when loose fill insulation is allowed. Therefore, this code guide is no longer necessary.