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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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Applicant FAQ

1. What type of work can be done under the Facility Permit Program?
The program is limited to interior tenant improvements, and maintenance and repair work.

2. Does participation in the Facility Permit Program eliminate the need for individual Trade Permits?
No. Each trade contractor should make application for permit by directly contacting their team inspector. FPP is designed to streamline the permit process, not eliminate it.  We've found that issuing a permit is the best way to inform builders that the project construction has been authorized. 

3. How do we begin with a new project?
Visit the Applying for my Permit page

4. Where should I submit my project plans and application?
Plans and applications can be submitted to the 2nd floor of the Development Services Building located at 1900 SW 4th Ave. Alternatively, you can submit your plans and application to your inspector on-site for a fee. If you have questions, give us a call. 

5. How many sets of plans are required upon application for permit and what information needs to be on our plans?
Link to Minimum submittal requirements

6. How do I schedule inspections?
Inspections are scheduled by calling the inspector's desk phone.  If the inspector does not answer, simply leave the inspection information and a contact phone number on his/her voice mail. Often, if you call PRIOR to 8:00 a.m., you can receive your inspection the same day.

7. How can I check the status of my permit application?
Inquiries regarding the status of your permit should be made directly to your inspector/ plan reviewer by phone or e-mail or contact one of our Permit Tech's. Link to Portlandmaps/our website

8. How do I know if a building is registered under the Facility Permit Program, and who the inspector is?
The information is available on our web site under the heading of Customer and Building List, or you may contact the FPP Manager directly. Link to Customer and Building List.

9. Who is responsible for calling for inspections on Facility Permit projects?
Each permittee is responsible for calling for the work on their own job.

10. Can I schedule a pre-application meeting, or a site job consultation meeting prior to permit application submittal?
Absolutely, job consultations and pre-application meetings are common place and have become a means of significantly reducing plan review time on complex project submittals. See our Customer and Building list to determine your building inspector and contact them for scheduling your pre-application meeting. Link to Customer and Building List.

11. What information do I need to submit application for a Facility Permit?
Link to minimum submittal requirements

12. What is a Project Reference Number or "Billing Identification Number?"
Link to Project Reference number page