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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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Mechanical FAQ

1. Is a mechanical permit application always required to obtain a mechanical permit?

Yes, a mechanical permit application is always required regardless of the mechanical work being performed.

2. Under the Facility Permit Program, when are plans not required for Mechanical Permits?

Mechanical plans are always required regardless of the mechanical work being performed.

3. Can there be multiple electrical permits on a project?

a. An incomplete application
    • Associated Building permit number not supplied
    • Missing Project Reference number/Billing number
    • Incomplete licensing information
    • Missing address/tenant name/suite number
    • No responsible party signature on the application

4. Can there be multiple mechanical permits on a project?

Yes, each contractor is responsible for obtaining a permit for the scope of the work they are performing. For example, there may be multiple mechanical permits on a project:
    • Roof top units
    • Interior HVAC modifications

light bulbCoordinate the timing of your mechanical inspections, multiple mechanical inspections for the same project can occur simultaneously.
light bulbAll mechanical permits are required to be finaled prior to the building permit being finaled.

5. Who should call for the inspections?

The contractor doing the work should call their Senior Building/Mechanical Inspector/Plans Examiner directly to schedule inspections.

light bulbAlways leave the request on the desk phone of your inspector. Although you can contact your Senior FPP Inspector via email or cell phone, leaving a message on their desk phone ensures your inspection request will be received in a timely manner.

6. What information should be provided as part of the request for inspection?

    • Permit Number
    • Site Address
    • Type of inspection
    • Contractor information
    • Site contact information

7. Can I use a Minor Mechanical Label?

No, the FPP Program Guide does not allow the use of Minor Mechanical Labels. Contact your Senior Building/Mechanical Inspector/Plans Examiner with further questions.