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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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Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

As part of an ongoing effort to increase accessibility, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will host a Residential Permit Night for 1 & 2 Family Dwellings in the Development Services Center (DSC). Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects. The DSC is located at 1900 S.W. Fourth Avenue on the first floor.  

Development Services Center

City's Development Service Center located at 1900 SW 4th Ave

City staff will be available to answer general questions about the permitting and land use processes, help homeowners and tenants understand what plans and documents will be required for review, and identify the necessary permits and inspections for a successful project. 

“Traditionally, regular business hours make it somewhat difficult for working people and their families to get to the City for permits,” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who is in charge of BDS. “These new hours will make things more accessible to the larger community.” BDS Director Paul Scarlett added, “The City is excited to restart this important program after it was put on hold in February 2009 as a result of the recession.”             

Residential Permit Night is focused on helping homeowners and tenants, whether they are planning simple “Do-It-Yourself” projects, or major renovations or additions. Homeowners and tenants can research residential permit records at the Resource Records counter and get residential plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits at the Trade Permits counter. When residential building permit plans and documents are ready to submit, they can get the process started with the goal of issuing a permit, when possible. New single family and detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits will need to be submitted during regular business hours, due to the additional staffing requirements for those projects. 

You can learn more about Residential Permit Night online at

Note: Staff who can assist with transportation, sewer/stormwater, and water requirements related to residential permits will only be available the first and third Thursdays of each month.   

Residential Permit night is dedicated to homeowners and tenants with questions and applications for residential 1 & 2 Family Dwelling permits only; assistance with commercial projects will not be available. Permits can only be issued to the homeowner or with the homeowner’s permission. 

BDS can arrange for language translation services. When possible, please contact us at 503-823-7300 or at least three (3) business days before you plan to visit.