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Comment on Draft Code Language for Deconstruction Requirement Through May 18, 2016

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

April 27, 2016


The Bureau of Development Services is providing notification of an opportunity to comment on a proposed deconstruction requirement being brought forth by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

deconstruction workersDeconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials. Draft code language for Portland’s new deconstruction requirement will help shape how certain buildings are removed in Portland. Currently, less than 10 percent of houses that are removed use deconstruction -- the rest are mechanically demolished, sending most materials to the landfill.

BPS is accepting public comment through May 18, 2016 on the proposed code. For detailed information on why the deconstruction amendment was proposed, next steps, benefits to deconstruction, and an overview of the code language being developed visit

The new code language is available for review at the City's website Submit comments by email to The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-5468, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Contact Shawn Wood at or 503-823-5468.