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Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately

January 20, 2016. The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Residential Combination Building Permit allows the combination of proposed structural/building work and associated Trade work (electrical, plumbing, mechanical) be combined into one permit application. Currently, subcontractor information for Trade work is not required at the time of Residential Combination Permit application, and is allowed to be added after the permit is issued. Adding subcontractor information after a permit is issued often causes confusion for BDS staff, applicants, contractors, and homeowners that results in lost time and delay in the permit inspection process.

Effective February 1, 2016, the following changes will be implemented to make the Residential Combination Building Permit application and inspection process more efficient:

                 • Applications for Residential Combination Building Permits are required to include completed 
                   Trade permit applications with sub-contractor information and required signatures

                 • If Residential Building Permit applications do not have completed Trade permit
                   applications at the time of submittal, Trade permits must be applied for separately

                We understand that this change will cause some level of inconvenience in the short-term and
                appreciate your understanding and patience during this transition phase. In the long-term, it will 
                allow the City and customers to operate more efficiently and reduce unneeded delays to the
                inspection process. 

Benefits of Residential Combination Building Permits
We strongly encourage permit applicants for residential projects to comply with the above requirements, so that they can realize the benefit of the Residential Combination Permit. The three primary benefits are: 

                  • Ability to use one IVR (permit) # to call for ALL inspections
                  • Ability to pay for ALL permits at one time
                  • Streamlines the permitting and inspection process

Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at or 503-823-3622.

FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Clients
This change does not affect the FIR (Residential Field Issued Remodel) Program’s permit and inspection processes. Please contact your FIR Inspector with any questions.

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