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On February 12, 2015, Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 24, Building Regulations, eliminating demolition delay exemptions and increasing public notification and delay for residential demolitions. The Code changes also create a new Major Residential Alterations and Additions (MRAA) permit category that requires advanced notification. In addition, the bureau is requiring applicants to complete a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form and submit prior to issuance of a MRAA permit.
These changes go into effect April 20, 2015.
This document summarizes the new 35-day delay and notification requirements for residential projects that fall within the MRAA permit category. More information on the changes can be found on the BDS Major Residential Alteration and Addition webpage and by viewing Ordinance 187017.
Permitting of all projects within the new MRAA permit category will require a 35-day delay in issuing the permit from the time properties are posted with door hangers and email notification is provided to the recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site. These notification requirements can be initiated and completed prior to a permit application being submitted for review.
Major alteration or addition is defined as any of the following:
Construction industry professionals and homeowners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the definition above, so that they can meet the mandatory notification requirements for projects that fall into the MRAA permit category. It is strongly recommended that, if the project will fall within 10% of any of the thresholds defined above, the neighborhood notification process be voluntarily enacted to minimize neighbor’s concerns about the scope and size of the projects and avoid additional delays.
Notification requirements for major alteration/addition projects include two main components:
Compliance with these notification requirements is required to be documented by the owner or owner’s representative using the Neighborhood Notification form. The form is required to be submitted to BDS prior to the issuance of a permit. Please visit the Major Residential Alteration or Addition webpage for specific notification requirements and forms.
For information on notification requirements, the Neighborhood Notification form, and downloadable door hanger, visit BDS Major Residential Alteration or Addition webpage. You can also visit the Development Services Center or call 503-823-7300.