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Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Updates to BDS Webpages and Informational Documents

Webpages:

  • Codes/Rules/Guides – Previously called “Codes”, this webpage was renamed to more clearly describe the breadth of its contents. It is a one-stop location to access codes and administrative rules, from both the City of Portland and the State of Oregon, related to construction and development activities. This page also links to BDS code guides and program guides that aid in understanding how BDS applies these regulations.

  • Current Service Levels and Workload Measures – New webpage with information on service level goals, permit/case review and inspection turnaround timelines, and demand for bureau services.

  • Upcoming Regulatory Changes – New webpage with upcoming policy changes shown in chronological order with contact information for the agency leading each project.

  • Open Housing and Dangerous Building and Open Sewer Break Cases – New webpage with lists of open Housing, Dangerous Building and Sewer Break cases, updated monthly. 

  • Residential Inspections Frequently Asked Questions – Three new articles were published to this webpage on November 1:  Smoke Alarm Locations, Online Electrical Permits, Woodstove and Fireplace Insert certifications.

Documents:

Code Guides:

Program Guides:

  • Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electric Generators Installed on Commercial Buildings – This program guide was revised to incorporate recent changes to height and setback standards for free standing solar electric systems as a result of changes in the Zoning Code, elaborate on when systems design review or historic design review requirements, update code references as a result of the solar code being incorporated into the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), add requirements for ballasted systems and systems using wind tunnel testing, and include revisions to the prescriptive path checklist.

  • Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electric Generators Installed on One and Two Family Dwellings This program guide was revised to incorporate recent changes to height and setback standards for free standing solar electric systems as a result of changes in the Zoning Code, elaborate on when systems design review or historic design review requirements, update code references as a result of the solar code being incorporated into the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), add requirements for ballasted systems and systems using wind tunnel testing, and include revisions to the prescriptive path checklist.

Service Updates, Upcoming Changes, and Public Notifications: