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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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About the Program

Regulatory Improvement is an ongoing program designed to continuously improve the City’s development code regulations, procedures, and customer service.  The improvements are made through a combination of policy initiatives, code improvements that fine tune existing provisions, monitoring and evaluation of regulations, and improvements to the permit processing system.  The program is a coordinated effort between the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Development Services, and can involve other City bureaus as well. 

The Regulatory Improvement work program was established by Resolution of the City Council in 2002. The purpose of the work program is to “update and improve City building and land use regulations that hinder desirable development”. Since then, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) in conjunction with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has worked on nearly a dozen regulatory projects to improve the city’s zoning and other codes.  These projects have ranged from the ongoing Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages (RICAPs), to other targeted code projects such as the Original Art Murals, and Code Maintenance, a precursor to the RICAPs.  Access to these past projects can be found on the Documents Page.  

As part of the regulatory improvement program, BPS maintains a database of Regulatory Improvement Requests (RIR). This database consists of suggestions for code improvements from city staff, citizens and businesses on a wide variety of code issues, ranging from small technical corrections to broad changes in policy. Suggestions for code improvements can be submitted using this form. These suggestions are reviewed and ranked by BPS and BDS staff. Technical corrections and matters of minor policy changes make up the bulk of our RICAP projects, while major requests help inform other BPS legislative projects that involve the zoning code.

RIR Database: Browse the Regulatory Improvement Request Database; suggest a code fix or identify an issue.

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