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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Applying for my Permit

The following information must be submitted when applying for Facility Permit. Since every project is unique, there may be some situations where you will be asked to provide additional information: 

  • Completed FPP Intake form
  • Project Building Name/Number 
  • Jobsite Address or location
  • Project Name and Description of Work
  • Total Project Valuation
  • Project Reference Number – The "Project Reference Number" (Billing Number) is our authorization to bill the Responsible Party and provides them with a reference number on our invoices that can be used to tie the review and inspection charges for the permit to the corresponding project.
  • General Contractor Information - must be identified prior to the building permit issuance.
  • Drop off plans and application at the Development Services Building, 2nd Floor. Or come to the 3rd floor to talk to FPP Permit Tech staff in person about your submittal.
  • FPP Permit Techs will notify applicant when permit has been setup and when permit has been issued. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Code Summary
Applications must show how they comply with the building code. A code summary is critical to convey design assumptions made for the building. Please see the Building Code Summary Worksheet

Change of Occupancy
Changes of occupancy which create a greater overall relative hazard category determination may be required to go through the standard commercial permit process. Until the project is submitted for permit review a final determination as to whether it can go through FPP cannot be made.

Life Safety Summary
A Fire & Life Safety Summary (FLSS) is required per OSSC 107.3 for buildings with complex fire and life safety systems or when the life safety plans examiner determines it is necessary to clarify how the building will conform to building codes. Examples of buildings where Fire & Life Safety Summaries are required include, among others: hospitals, malls, large assembly buildings, high-rise buildings and buildings with smoke control systems.

A Fire & Life Safety Summary is similar to a code summary, but has more detail about sprinklers, fire alarms, detection systems and other construction information about the building. Please see the handout for Fire and Life Safety Summaries (FLSS) for more information.

Seismic Strengthening Requirements

Portland City Code, Title 24.85 contains criteria that may trigger requirements for additional seismic strengthening when the work involves an existing building.