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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

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Do You Know How Code Updates to Implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan May Affect You?

Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect on May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. It’s a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 15, 2018
Contact: Matt Wickstrom, Matt.Wickstrom@portlandoregon.gov; (503) 823-6825

Do You Know How Code Updates to Implement the
2035 Comprehensive Plan May Affect You?

2035 Comprehensive PlanPortland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect on May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. It’s a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments.

Staff at various City bureaus have been working on projects to implement the Comprehensive Plan. These early implementation projects include significant updates to the Zoning Map and Portland Zoning Code, which create entirely new base zones and change development standards in Portland.

Learn about the magnitude of changes as well as other upcoming projects that implement the Comprehensive Plan on our website under Upcoming Regulatory Changes. We hope that the information on this page can help customers and community members with developing project schedules, participating in public involvement activities and learning about upcoming regulatory changes.

The website includes a video presentation talking about the big picture of changes to the zoning code, as well as summaries of the various upcoming and recent projects that affect other codes. It also includes new and updated forms that will be in effect on May 24, 2018.

We’re here to help you. If you have any questions, please contact our planners at 503-823-7526 or visit the Development Services Center.

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Online Appeals Payment Portal

Effective March 1, 2018 – The Bureau of Development Services is announcing a new online payment portal for building code appeals, in an effort to be more helpful to customers who qualify for an appeal.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
 
March 1, 2018

Online Appeals Payment Portal


Effective March 1, 2018
– The Bureau of Development Services is announcing a new online payment portal for building code appeals, in an effort to be more helpful to customers who qualify for an appeal.

The new portal adds two payment options for appeals: credit card and electronic check. In the past, the only way to pay for appeals was either through U.S. Postal Service mail or in-person at the bureau’s Development Services Center in downtown Portland.

Beginning March 1, customers will be able to go to the payment portal and enter their IVR number, along with the payment amount.

To get the IVR number and the amount due, send an email to the Appeals Secretary with your appeal ID number and the building address. We will send you the IVR number and what you owe promptly. Customers can then enter their information to make the payment in a safe and secure way.

Learn more about BDS building code appeals.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us online or subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notifications.

Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Trees in Development Situations, Become Effective March 16, 2018

The amendments to Title 11 were approved by the Portland City Council on Feb. 14, 2018 and will go into effect on March 16, 2018.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Feb. 16, 2018
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov; (503) 823-7828

Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Trees in Development Situations,
Become Effective March 16, 2018

These changes were approved by the Portland City Council on Feb. 14, 2018 and will go into effect on March 16, 2018

The amendments to Title 11 and results for customers are summarized as follows: 

  • Trees are subject to the preservation requirements of PCC 11.50, Trees in Development Situations, ONLY IF ground disturbance impacts the Root Protection Zone of at least one regulated tree. Removal of trees through a development permit is no longer allowed if no regulated tree faces an impact by the development.

  • Clarifies that if not subject to 11.50, Trees in Development Situations, removal of regulated trees must be approved through Urban Forestry Tree Permit subject to 11.40, Tree Permit Requirements. 

  • Existing trees must still be shown on the site plan for all development permits to document tree sizes, species and resulting root protections zones, UNLESS there are no Private Trees 12 inches or greater, no City Trees six inches or greater, no Street Trees three inches or greater, and the Tree Density requirements do not apply. 

  • The appeal process for 11.50, Trees in Development Situations is codified and allows for an Administrative Review by City Forester or BDS Director, as appropriate, with appeal to Code Hearings Officer. 

If you have questions about how these changes apply to a specific development situation, please call the Bureau of Development Services Planning & Zoning Hotline at 503-823-PLAN (7526) or visit the Development Services Center (DSC). For questions about trees in non-development situations or in the street, please call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733). 

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Deferred Submittals for Manufactured Roof Truss Engineering Effective February 1, 2018

BDS will only accept the deferred submittal after the main building permit has been issued. The deferred submittal will not be accepted prior to this stage in the permitting process.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 24, 2018
Contact: Christy Pierce, Bureau of Development Services, (503) 823-7916

Deferred Submittals for Manufactured Roof Truss Engineering
Effective February 1, 2018

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will continue to allow deferred submittals for manufactured roof truss engineering on projects utilizing the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC). 

Applicants must indicate this choice at the point of intake for the permit on the “New Single Family Residential Minimum Submittal Checklist and Sample Site Plan” form (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/454949). There is an additional fee for the processing and review of these deferred submittals. The deferred submittal application is available at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/141277.

BDS will only accept the deferred submittal after the main building permit has been issued. The deferred submittal will not be accepted prior to this stage in the permitting process. BDS is discontinuing any practice of allowing the deferred submittal to be turned in while the main permit is still under review.

For simplicity and ease of processing, BDS encourages customers to submit a full residential permit application, including the truss engineering, at the initial intake of the project. 

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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New State Building Codes

The State of Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD) released new editions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and the Oregon Plumbing Code. Any permits issued in 2018 must meet the new code requirements, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 8, 2018

The State of Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD) released new editions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and the Oregon Plumbing Code. Any permits issued in 2018 must meet the new code requirements, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

BDS staff are diligently working to update documents, code guides and titles that are affected by the changes. Download our partial list of notable code changes.

The State provides training from January-March after the code changes take effect, so additional information will be provided to BDS staff and applicants as it becomes available. 

You can view the 2017 specialty codes in their entirety on the BCD website. For more information about the codes, please contact the BCD main number at 800-442-7457 or email bcd.info@oregon.gov

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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