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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

More Contact Info

  • Development Hub PDX is live!

  • Lunch & Learn - Introducing Streamlined Online Permitting with Development Hub PDX!

  • Watch The Life of A Permit to learn how permitting works!

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions and Pre-Application Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects.

  • Visiting the Development Services Center? Please check the Development Services Center Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting. We look forward to serving you!

  • Read the latest news about BDS (Plans Examiner June 2019) A bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • Translated Documents The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access to the benefits of municipal programs and services for all Portland residents, regardless of their proficiency in English.

  • Learn more about POPS The Portland Online Permitting (POPS) program will modernize our current permitting system into an online, enhanced customer service delivery system.

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

News & Events View all »

  1. Jul 8

    Title 4 Original Art Murals, Recommended Amendments

    The Bureau of Development Services, in partnership with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will propose a set of code amendments to the Portland City Council on August 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The amendments are intended to allow murals in more locations around the City. Read the recommended code changes and administrative rule updates for more information.

  2. Jul 1

    BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

  3. Jun 18

    Request for Feedback: Draft of New Administrative Rule on Requirements for Notification Signs on Future Development Sites

    The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) wants your input on the first draft of an administrative rule outlining requirements for signs posted on future development sites.

  4. Jun 6

    Structural Advisory Board Meeting • June 12, 2019

    The Structural Advisory Board will meet on June 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. to discuss the appeal for the proposed Atomic Orchard project located at 2510 NE Sandy Blvd.

  5. Apr 3

    New Code Guide for Conducting Slope Hazard Evaluations Effective May 28, 2019

    A new code guide has been developed to provide guidance to Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists that conduct required slope hazard evaluations. The building code sections pertaining to slope hazard evaluations in the ORSC, OSSC, and the Portland City Code Title 24 do not include specific requirements for slope hazard evaluations.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Jul 18

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

  2. Jul 17

    News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants

    News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants Effective immediately, there are changes to the process for Property Line Adjustments (PLAs) for new applications or submitted applications that have not already received a checksheet.

  3. Jul 11

    Electronic Plan Review Available for All Process Managed Permits

    The Bureau of Development Services has rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019.

  4. Jul 1

    Try Development Hub PDX Now!

    Our new online permitting tool, Development Hub PDX, is now available to customers! DevHub will fully replace Permits Online as of August 1st.

  5. Jun 4

    Inspections Scheduling System Updated to Include Details on Erosion Control Inspection Requirements

    The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is updating the interactive voice response (IVR) Inspection Request system message to include important details on Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200), effective today.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Hours of Operation

General Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Development Services Center Review Counters, including interagency partners (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

*Hours may vary per specific interagency partner, please click link for specific interagency desk hours

Development Services Center 1st and 2nd Screen Submittal Counters (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Residential Permit Night:

Extended service hours for homeowners, tenants and their residential permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)

1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month 5 — 7:30 p.m.