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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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Plan Review Process

After you submit your plans they will be reviewed for the minimum submittal requirements by a permit tech. Additional review will be done to confirm the project can be processed through FPP. The plans will either be set up or the applicant will be notified of any additional information that is required. Once the permit is set up the applicant will receive an email notification and the plans will be routed to the appropriate review groups based on the project scope of work. You will be sent a checksheet requesting any clarifications or corrections if needed. For additional information on the review process, see the permitting process overview flowchart

The common review groups include:

  • Life safety/Mechanical review
  • Structural review
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Bureau of Fire and Rescue
  • Planning and Zoning review

Other review groups and Bureaus may also need to review the plans based on the scope of work or valuation of the work being performed.

Checksheets

A checksheet is sent to the applicant when a reviewer needs additional information, or a correction must be made to the plans. When you have gathered the additional information or made the corrections, bring the plans/information to the 2nd floor, Permitting Services. Look for the FPP counter and call 503-823-5996. Reviewers will be notified that a checksheet response has been received, and review will continue

Status Reports

Status reports are available after your project has been assigned to reviewers. Status reports show all reviews and include the reviewer’s name and phone number. FPP permits are easy to identify due to their unique permit designation “FA” at the end of the permit number. To obtain a status report go to PortlandMaps (LINK HERE) or call (503) 823-5996. 

Permit Issued

When the last technical review is approved, your permit will be issued. You will be contacted when your permit is ready.

If your permit is ready for issuance, you may pick up your permit at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR. For more information call (503) 823-5996. Hours of operation are shown on our homepage.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Prolonged reviews can add cost and delays to your project.  The best way to ensure the quickest review time:

  1. Make sure your FPP Intake form is completely filed out, most commonly missed section is the project reference number and project valuation. (link to Project ref# Info)
  2. Provide complete, legible, scannable plan sets- Include:
    a. A site plan (when applicable)
    b. An entire floor plan or a key plan that indicates bathrooms, elevators and exits
    c. Clearly label existing and proposed work
  3. Planning and Zoning code review, Land Use Reviews – (Historic and/or Design) Zoning Nonconforming Upgrades (NCUs). (The requirements are intended to bring sites into conformance over time with zoning standards that may have changed since the original approval of the development.)
  4. Respond promptly to Checksheets.
  5. Permit cannot be issued without contractor information.