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Proposed Administrative Rules to Make Temporary Public Works Permitting Rules Permanent

City of Portland Requests Public Comments
on Making Temporary Public Works Permitting Rules Permanent

September 2016

The City of Portland’s Public Works Bureaus (Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Water Bureau) ask the public to comment on proposed administrative rules that would make permanent certain elements of the City’s Public Works Permitting Program that were piloted starting in July 2013. A public works permit is a permit issued by the City of Portland to a person to construct property or developer-initiated improvements in a public right-of-way located within the City.

The goal of the proposed rules is to increase the predictability of public works permit fees and timelines associated with the design phase of public works projects. The proposed rules are the culmination of several years of collaborative work by the City’s public works bureaus, representatives of the development community, and City Council. The proposed rules and a fact sheet are available for review and download on the website of the City’s Public Works Permitting Program.

Public comments on the proposal will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. on September 26, 2016, to 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016. Please submit comments in writing by emailing them to Public Works Permitting staff at

No request for a hearing was made by the publicized deadline to request a hearing, so the City has cancelled the proposed hearing that had been tentatively scheduled for October 13, 2016.  A hearing cancellation notice has also been posted on the Public Works Permitting Program page for this rulemaking.

For more information, please see the fact sheet and proposed rules at the webpage linked above. You may also email or call Public Works Permitting staff at 503-823-1987.

Fact Sheet

Overview of the proposed rules