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Effective July 1, 2017 Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Non-structural Components and Designated Seismic Systems

BDS will require seismic certification and special inspections only for new construction or on existing buildings when the system is upgraded, equipment is replaced, or a change of occupancy occurs whereby the building is reclassified to a Risk Category III or IV.

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SERVICE UPDATE
June 20, 2017

Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Non-structural Components and Designated Seismic Systems, Effective July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

Background: After a major earthquake, building systems often sustain more damage than the structure itself. Some of these systems are necessary for the building to function after an earthquake, such as key electrical, plumbing, fire and mechanical (gas, heating, ventilating) systems. It is particularly important to ensure the following types of buildings remain functional and allow for continued operation of the building after an earthquake: buildings that represent a substantial hazard to human life such as high occupancy public assemblies; schools, water and waste water treatment facilities; public utility facilities and facilities with large quantities of toxic and explosive materials; buildings that are designated as essential facilities such a hospitals and first responder facilities ; designated emergency operation centers; designated emergency shelters; water storage facilities; and water pump structures needed to maintain water pressure for fire suppression.

Certification requirements will be applicable only to Essential Facilities and High Occupancy structures (Risk Category III and IV per the 2014 OSSC Table 1604.5)

BDS will require seismic certification and special inspections only for new construction or on existing buildings when the system is upgraded, equipment is replaced, or a change of occupancy occurs whereby the building is reclassified to a Risk Category III or IV.

Additional information may be found through the following link to the Code guide on this topic
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/643561
 
Contact Information:
Amit Kumar, Senior Structural Engineer at amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-7561

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.

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Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County.

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SERVICE UPDATE
June 19, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County. Instead of requiring applicants to record decisions after a land use review has been approved, land use services staff will be working directly with the county to record decisions. This includes paying for the cost of the recording. This costs ranges from $56 to over $100 per land use review. This will be a cost savings for applicants, save time from having to go to the county recorder office and eliminate a step that was required before applying for a construction permit. This change will also reduce staff time that was taken to reissue lost recording documents or to explain the confusing process to applicants new to the process.

Projects may or may not require a land use review depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed. Land use reviews are required when the zoning code "triggers" a review for a specific use or development project. Regulations directing a proposal to a land use review can be found in the base zones, overlay zones, plan districts, and other sections of the zoning code, as well as within conditions of approval from past land use approvals at the site. Most review "triggers" are located in the zoning code chapter addressing a particular topic.

Find additional information about Zoning and Land Use here: 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/35881

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

BDS Press Release letterhead

SERVICE UPDATE
June 12, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer, at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-4268

New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Information gathered at these meetings will assist the applicant in developing appropriate and complete submittal documents for their project, which should help streamline the permitting process.  
 
The Tier 1 meetings will be scheduled for simpler projects, and two meetings have been reserved for Monday afternoons starting June 26th. Typically, “retail only” shops can receive the information they need through this Tier 1 Preliminary Life Safety meeting. BDS and the Fire Bureau will provide consistent staff at these meetings (Life Safety Plans Examiner, Mechanical Engineer, Fire Plans Examiner).  In addition, a City Planner will attend these meetings to provide zoning information. The fee for the meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.  Staff require a minimum of 5 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting. To schedule a Tier 1 meeting, businesses need to submit a complete Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545
 
The Tier 2 meetings are for larger, more complex cannabis businesses such as production (growing), processing (extraction), wholesale operations, or some combination of these business types. BDS will offer reserved consecutive Early Assistance (EA) and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings on Thursday mornings beginning June 29th. The Early Assistance – Zoning and Infrastructure meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to the zoning code, as well as the infrastructure bureaus (Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parks Bureau). The Preliminary Life Safety meeting will be offered in conjunction, and will provide consistent staff including a Life Safety Plans Examiner, a Mechanical Engineer, and a Fire Plans Examiner. Offering back to back Early Assistance meetings and Preliminary Life Safety meetings should provide these larger, more complex projects with a full picture of the requirements related to their proposal. These larger projects may trigger significant improvements beyond the building footprint itself, and these can be identified earlier through the EA meeting rather than at the building permit stage, when large budget items can severely impact project viability.  To schedule a Tier 2 meeting, businesses must submit both the Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application and the Preliminary Life Safety Meeting application. When submitting the information and scheduling the package of consecutive meetings, please be aware that staff require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date. The meetings will be scheduled first come first served, based on availability.   

There are two information packets that need to be submitted to schedule the two meetings. The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting Packet should be submitted first and will be reviewed for completeness.  Please contact Cassandra Scholte at cassandra.scholte@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6856 to schedule an appointment to submit the Life Safety Meeting Request materials. The Early Assistance application will be submitted in person in the Development Services Center. The fees will be paid for both meetings, and the meeting can be scheduled at that time. 

The fees for the consecutive meetings are: 
Preliminary Life Safety meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.    
Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure meeting is an additional $2,074. Please note these fees will increase at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1st.

The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet can be found here: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545
The Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application can be found here: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/136435.

It is important that applicants continue to work with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) in the cannabis registration and licensure program: www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/67575.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

Effective May 1, 2017 - Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process.

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SERVICE UPDATE
April 26, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

Effective May 1, 2017 -  Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process. Examples of Batch Track Projects could include three townhouse units, or three or more single-family homes on one tax lot. These projects necessitate Batch Track processing due to unique Planning and Zoning requirements, which differ from those for standard single-family development. In addition, projects involving multiple structures on one lot require a separate Site Development permit for the common infrastructure elements such as driveways, utilities, bicycle and pedestrian amenities and landscaping. 
 
To improve the efficiency of the intake process and the permit review process, the Batch Permit intake process will incorporate the following change as of May 1, 2017. The initial Life Safety intake review will determine whether the documents provided meet minimum intake requirements. If the intake requirements are not met, a deficiency report will be generated and sent to the applicant identifying the missing required information. At any time the applicant may schedule a Life Safety Preliminary Meeting to assist with the intake process. If the submittal requirements are not met with the 3rd attempt to provide the minimum required information, the applicant will be required to schedule and attend a Life Safety Preliminary Meeting as part of the next intake attempt.
 
Find the New Single Family Minimum Submittal Requirements & Batch information here: 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/184903
 
Find the LIFE SAFETY PRELIMINARY MEETING REQUEST PACKET here:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/94545

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects.

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SERVICE UPDATE
March 21, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

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As part of an ongoing effort to increase accessibility, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will host a Residential Permit Night for 1 & 2 Family Dwellings in the Development Services Center (DSC). Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects. The DSC is located at 1900 SW 4th Ave at Harrison Street on the first floor.

City staff will be available to answer general questions about the permitting and land use processes, help homeowners and tenants understand what plans and documents will be required for review, and identify the necessary permits and inspections for a successful project.

“Traditionally, regular business hours make it somewhat difficult for working people and their families to get to the City for permits,” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who is in charge of BDS. “These new hours will make things more accessible to the larger community.” BDS Director Paul Scarlett added, “The City is excited to restart this important program after it was put on hold in January 2009 as a result of the recession.”

Development Services Center

City's Development Service Center located at 1900 SW 4th Ave

Residential Permit Night is focused on helping homeowners and tenants, whether they are planning simple “Do-It-Yourself” projects, or major renovations or additions. Homeowners and tenants can research residential permit records at the Resource Records counter and get residential plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits at the Trade Permits counter. When residential building permit plans and documents are ready to submit, they can get the process started with the goal of issuing a permit, when possible. New single family and detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits will need to be submitted during regular business hours, due to the additional staffing requirements for those projects.

You can learn more about Residential Permit Night online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/ResidentialPermitNight.

Note: Staff who can assist with transportation, sewer/stormwater, and water requirements related to residential permits will only be available the first and third Thursdays of each month.

Residential Permit night is dedicated to homeowners and tenants with questions and applications for residential 1 & 2 Family Dwelling permits only; assistance with commercial projects will not be available. Permits can only be issued to the homeowner or with the homeowner’s permission.

BDS can arrange for language translation services. When possible, please contact us at 503-823-7300 or bds@portlandoregon.gov at least three (3) business days before you plan to visit.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

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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.
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