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

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Apply for an Exemption

Upon written request from a building owner, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) may exempt a covered building for a specific year based on one or more of the following conditions:

  1. The building is new construction and energy service has not yet been established for a full calendar year;
  2. The building was wholly unoccupied during the entire calendar year for which reporting would otherwise be required;
  3. A demolition permit was issued for the building during the calendar year for which reporting would be required; or
  4. Due to a special circumstance unique to the building, compliance would cause undue hardship for the owner.

Within 30 days of receiving the exemption request, BPS will provide a written response to acknowledge receipt of the request and determine whether the request is approved or denied.

You may send your request by email to, or by letter to:

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Energy Reporting
1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201