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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 the result of 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 can remain an encumbrance on the property’s title for many years, accruing additional penalties, billing charges, and interest if not addressed by the property owner.
  • Once liens are paid in full the lien is satisfied and removed from the City Lien Docket.
  • If a lien is not paid within 365 days of assessment it is placed on the City of Portland’s pre-foreclosure list.