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Major Residential Alteration and Addition Permits: New Permit Category with Notification and Delay Requirements

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

March 12, 2015


Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

In response to community requests for notification when large remodels, addition and alterations occur to existing homes, Portland City Council has approved changes to Title 24, Portland Building Regulations, establishing a new Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit category. MRAA permit applications will require a 35-day notice to specific recognized neighborhood organizations and to surrounding neighbors prior to permit issuance. Creation of this new permit type is related to additional changes to residential demolition delay provisions in City Code section 24.55.200 that will go into effect April 20, 2015. BDS will provide more information on the Demolition Delay and Notification changes at the beginning of April 2015. 

The Bureau of Development Services is providing the following advance notification to the community and potential applicants with projects that fall into the new MRAA permit category:

  • Effective April 20, 2015, all single-dwelling residential permit applications that meet the new MRAA permit category definition will require notification to recognized neighborhood organizations and neighbors 35 days before the permit will be issued.
  • Notification can be provided prior to applying for permits that fall within the new MRAA permit category. In order to avoid delay in the issuance of permits in the MRAA category, notification to relevant neighborhood organization and neighbors will need to be provided prior to the effective date.
  • For example, if you have a project that falls into the MRAA permit category, and apply for the permit on or after April 20, 2015, neighborhood notification is required. Your permit will not be issued until notification is complete and a 35 day delay period has passed. Therefore, if you want to start your project on April 20, 2015, you will need to provide neighborhood notification no later than March 16, 2015.
  • The new MRAA Webpage and Service Level Update provide detailed information on the defining characteristics of the new permit type; details on notification requirements; a link to the Neighborhood Notification form, which is required to be submitted with building permit application; and other information on these new changes and requirements.

For questions please visit the Development Services Center at 1900 SW 4th Ave., or call our general telephone line at 503-823-7300.