You can find information about development activity throughout the city on PortlandMaps by specific addresses as well as neighborhood or business association. This information includes building permits, land use reviews and enforcement cases since 2005. Learn how to use PortlandMaps:
Pre-made maps can be viewed by selecting the “Gallery” option under the Advanced tab. The Gallery provides city-wide geographical information by calendar year, including permits and land use reviews from 2005 through the present day.
BDS also posts current public notices for land use decisions, which is organized by neighborhood association. You can also call the Zoning Hotline at 503-823-7526 and a planner will return your call in 1 to 2 business days.
Most building permits are applied for using paper drawings. All information that is submitted with a permit is public record, though some material may be copyrighted. To view the plans and any associated information, please visit the Permitting Services office on the second floor above the Development Services Center (DSC).
Once a permit has been issued, the plans are scanned into an electronic database that is accessible via PortlandMaps. For permits that were issued before 2005, visit the DSC’s Resource Records counter to see if microfiche records are available.
Most residential demolitions require demolition delay and notice to immediate neighbors. Learn more on our Residential Demolitions – Overview and Criteria page.