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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 are Code Enforcement Liens?

  • A lien is a fee or fine attached to a property that is out of compliance with the City of Portland’s building, property maintenance and/or zoning codes.
  • Property owners receive multiple notifications, deadlines and waiver options before a lien is assessed.
  • If a property has a lien on it, it may be difficult to sell, refinance or borrow against it.
  • Liens do not expire; they are recorded on the City’s Lien Docket, and must be paid in full before they are satisfied and released by the City.
  • If a lien is not paid within 365 days of assessment it is placed on the City of Portland’s pre-foreclosure list.
  • The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services has $34,171,680 in outstanding liens.
  • In 2018, BDS investigated 7,901 compliance cases and assessed 1,205 code enforcement liens.