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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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Adjustment Review

Adjustment review approved over-height fence in front building setback.The regulations of the Zoning Code are designed to implement the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan. These regulations apply city-wide, but because of the city’s diversity, some sites are difficult to develop in compliance with the regulations. The adjustment review process provides a mechanism by which the regulations in the Zoning Code may be modified if the proposed development continues to meet the intended purpose of those regulations. Adjustment reviews provide flexibility for unusual situations and to allow for alternative ways to meet the purpose of the regulation.

When preparing an adjustment application, the approval criteria require you to specifically address the purpose statement of the standard being adjusted. The purpose statement is found preceding the development standard in the relevant chapter.

Adjustment Procedures

A request for an adjustment is processed through a Type II procedure and results in an administrative (staff) decision. Below is the process for a Type II Adjustment:

  • Pre-Application Conference - Optional unless it is a specific requirement of a review.
  • Completeness - Staff notifies applicant of any missing information or materials within 14 days of submittal.
  • Public Notice - Upon receipt of a complete application, public notice is mailed to all property owners within 150 feet and to the recognized organizations within 400 feet of the site. At least 21 days are allowed for public comment.
  • Decision - Made administratively by staff within 28 days after the application is determined to be complete.
  • Appeal - To local hearings bodies, such as the Adjustment Committee or the Hearings Officer, depending on the land use review.