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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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BES AutoCAD Files

CAD Support for Capital Improvement Projects


Starting May 15th 2020, the design software version used for BES projects is AutoCAD Civil 3D 2021. All styles and templates are updated to this version.

For templates and support for the previous version, contact Dan Perde-Zundel at


The CAD tools and templates below are intended for use with Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) only.

1) For each new project, download the most recent BES AutoCAD Drawing template and tools from this page.

2) Coordinates: All BES CAD drawings (including reference drawings) shall be drawn using the Oregon Coordinate Reference System (OCRS) Portland Zone, based on Lambert Conformal Conic projection (single parallel) North American Datum of 1983. 

  • Label “CITY OF PORTLAND DATUM AND OCRS PORTLAND ZONE” in the lower right corner of the cover sheet.
  • Keep drawing coordinates to the Oregon Coordinate Reference System, Portland Zone,  NAD83, International Feet.
  • Provide survey cogo points in a separate text file. No need to include survey cogo points in the drawing itself.

3) All drawings (including reference drawings) shall be drawn with units as FEET, not inches.

4) Attach all reference drawings as “overlays,” not “attachments.”

5) In addition to typical topographic features and utilities, the following must be included in each basemap or GIS reference drawing:

  • Building Outlines
  • Street Addresses
  • Parcel Lines
  • Right-of-Way (ROW) Lines
  • Curb Lines 

6) Do not use any other fonts other than those provided in the most recent BES AutoCAD template and tools files.

CAD Support for Public Works Permits

Use the following link to find CAD tools appropriate for use with Public Works Permit (PWP) projects.