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Chapter 24.55 Building Demolition


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(Chapter amended by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.100 Demolition - Debris - Barricades - Nuisances.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 171455, 187017 and 189012, effective June 13, 2018.)  It is unlawful for any owner or persons in control of any such structure which is being demolished, or which has been damaged by fire, to leave any portion of the structure unsupported for more than 1 hour, if such section is liable to collapse or is in any way a danger to the public.  In no event shall a portion of the structure be left unsupported for more than 24 hours.  Suitable barricades shall be provided to prevent access to the vicinity of any unsupported section of the structure.  Any permanent structural supports provided as a result of application to this section shall be designed by a structural engineer registered to practice in the State of Oregon and hired by the applicant.  All such designs, calculations, drawings, and inspection reports shall be approved by the Director.

All combustible debris or material shall be removed from the premises on which the demolition is carried out within 30 days from the completion of the demolition, or from the stoppage of the work thereon if the work remains uncompleted.  All non‑combustible debris or material resulting from demolition shall be removed within 30 days after the completion of the demolition or stoppage thereof, unless the Director extends the time therefore because of weather, terrain, or other special circumstances, but such extension shall not exceed 3 months.  It is unlawful for any owner or person in possession of real property to permit the debris to remain on the property without disposal in excess of the periods mentioned above or of any specific extension thereof as set forth above.

Any of the above-mentioned things existing while there is a duty to remove or correct the same, shall constitute a public nuisance.  Any unsupported portions of a building or structure existing beyond the periods set forth above shall be subject to summary abatement by the City.  The abatement shall be in accordance with the procedure set forth in Title 29, Chapter 29.60, Administration and Enforcement.

All structures to be demolished shall be taken down in a safe manner.  The streets or sidewalks shall not be littered with rubbish and shall be wet down, if necessary.  During any demolition work, all receptacles, drop boxes, shafts, or piping used in such demolition work shall be covered in an appropriate manner.  After removal of any structure all foundations that are not to be used for new construction shall be removed and all excavations filled in compliance with Chapter 24.70 of this Title, to a level of the adjoining grade.  Plans shall be submitted for any new construction proposed, utilizing the remaining foundations.  Any remaining foundations approved for further use shall be barricaded by a fence no less than 6 feet high maintained until the new construction has progressed sufficiently to remove any hazards to the public.  Such period of time is not to exceed 30 days.  For regulations on the use of public streets and protection of pedestrians during demolition see Chapter 24.40 of this Title.


24.55.150 Definitions.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187017; amended by Ordinance Nos. 188802, 189012 and 189078, effective July 18, 2018.)

A.  Demolition.  Demolition means removal of all exterior walls above the foundation.

B.  Major Residential Addition.  Major residential addition means adding more than 500 square feet of new interior space and expanding the structure’s footprint or envelope.  The new interior space does not include areas of existing space within the building envelope.

C.  Major Residential Alteration.  Major residential alteration means removing 50 percent or more of the exterior walls above the foundation.

D.  Recognized organization.  Recognized organization includes neighborhood coalitions and neighborhood associations recognized by the Portland Office of Community & Civic Life.

E.  Demolition Manager.  Demolition manager means the person designated by the property owner or demolition permit applicant who will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the Demolition Plan and who will be the contact person for BDS and other regulatory agencies regarding the Demolition Plan.  The Demolition Manager must have knowledge regarding erosion and sediment control, site control, and proper handling of materials generated from the demolition activities.  The Demolition Manager is a “responsible party” as defined in this Section 24.55.150.

F.  Demolition Plan.  Demolition plan means the plan signed by the Demolition Manager that outlines the techniques and equipment that the Demolition Manager will use on the demolition site to control dust and debris generated during the demolition activities.  The Demolition Plan must also include the anticipated timeframe for the demolition, a description of the site control measures set forth in Section 24.55.205 C. and monitoring processes that will be followed on the site before, during, and after the demolition activities, details of pedestrian protection where required, and a description of how the site will be secured against accessibility by any unauthorized persons.  The Demolition Plan must include erosion and sediment control measures required by this Chapter 24.55, Title 10 and Chapter 17.39 of the Portland City Code, the City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, the City of Portland Source Control Manual, and any other City of Portland regulations governing erosion, sediment control, stormwater control, or wastewater generated from the demolition activities covered by this Section 24.55.205.  The Plan must also include contact information for the Demolition Manager.

G.  Mechanical demolition activities.  Mechanical demolition activities means pulling down any part of a structure using mechanical tools such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators, rams, or similar heavy machinery.

H.  Deconstruction.  Deconstruction means demolition via the systematic dismantling of a structure or its parts, typically in the opposite order it was constructed, which can include the selective use of heavy machinery. 

I.  Full deconstruction.  Full deconstruction means systematically dismantling 100% of the building, including finishes, core, shell, frame, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fixtures and only using machinery to move and process materials once they are removed.

J.  Lead-containing.  Lead-containing means paint or other surface coatings that contain lead equal to or exceeding 1.0 milligram per square centimeter, 0.5 percent by weight, or 5,000 parts per million (ppm).

K.  Responsible party.  Responsible party means the property owner or person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf and any person causing or contributing to a violation of this Title.


24.55.200 Residential Demolition Delay - Housing Preservation.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 171455, 176955, 187017, 187711, 188259, 188802 and 189012, effective June 13, 2018.)

A.  Purpose.  The residential demolition delay provisions are intended to allow an adequate amount of time to help save viable housing in the City while recognizing a property owner’s right to develop or redevelop property.  The regulations provide an opportunity for public notice of impending residential demolitions and coordination of the efforts of various City bureaus.  The regulations also encourage seeking alternatives to demolition.  The provisions accomplished this through a two part process:

1.  a 35 day notice period during which demolition is delayed, and

2.  a possible 60-day extension of the demolition delay period.

B.  Where the delay applies.  The residential demolition delay regulations of this Section (24.55.200) apply to sites with residential structures that are regulated under the Oregon Residential Specialty Code and that are located in areas with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.  The regulations only apply to applications for demolition of residential structures.  They do not apply to demolitions of accessory structures such as garages or other outbuildings.

C.  Application for building permit for demolition.

1.  Signed statement.  The application for a building permit for demolition must include a statement signed by the owner(s) of the property.  The statement must acknowledge that the owner(s) are aware of the primary uses permitted under the current zoning on the site without a conditional use, zone change, Comprehensive Plan Map amendment, or other land use approval and that such an approval will be required before other uses will be permitted on the site.  The statement may be on forms that the Director may make available.

2.  Delay in issuing.  The building permit for demolition will not be issued except as provided for in this Section (24.55.200).

D.  Notification.

1.  Mailed notice.  Within 5 days of receipt of a complete application for a residential demolition permit, the Bureau of Development Services will mail written notice of the demolition request to all properties within 150 feet of the site to be demolished, to the recognized organization(s) whose boundaries include the site, to the Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation, Inc., and to the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, dba Restore Oregon.  A complete application means when the Bureau of Development Services has received a complete permit application, project plans and the intake, review and notice fees have been paid.  The notification letter will contain at least the following information.

a.  Notice that the site has been proposed for demolition,

b.  The date the application for demolition was received,

c.  Notice that there is a demolition delay period of 35 days which may be extended upon request from the recognized organization(s) whose boundaries include the site or an interested party,

d.  The contact information of the applicant,

e.  The last day that requests for extended delay may be submitted, and

f.  The location where more information is available.

2.  Posted notice.  Not more than 2 weeks nor less than 72 hours before demolition activity commences, the applicant must post door hangers provided by the Bureau of Development Services on all properties within 300 feet of the site to be demolished.  The notice must contain all of the following information.

a.  Name and phone number of the Demolition Manager.

b.  Notice that the site has been proposed for demolition,

c.  The demolition permit number,

d.  The approximate date demolition activity will commence,

e.  Contact information of the agencies that regulate asbestos and lead-based paint,

f.  Contact information for the applicant,

g.  Recommended safety information for surrounding properties, such as closing windows and keeping children away from the site, and

h.  The location where more information is available.

E.  35-day notice period.  The building permit for residential demolition will not be issued during the 35-day notice period.  The notice period begins on the day the complete permit application is received and all intake fees have been paid.  If no written request to extend the demolition delay is received during the 35-day notice period as provided in Subsection 24.55.200 F. below, then the Bureau of Development Services will issue the building permit for demolition. 

F.  Requests for extension of demolition delay period.  Requests to extend the demolition delay period may be made as follows:

1.  Who may request.  Requests to extend the demolition delay period an additional 60 days may be made by a recognized organization whose boundaries include the site or any other interested party.

2.  How to request.  The request to extend the demolition delay period must be made in writing, on forms provided by the Bureau of Development Services.  The request must be submitted to the Bureau of Development Services by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the initial 35-day notice period.  The request must be accompanied by an appeal of the demolition permit application submitted to the Bureau for a hearing before the Code Hearings Officer, as provided in Subsection 24.55.200 H. below, along with the appeal fee or a waiver of the fee and a copy of the letter requesting a meeting with the property owner as described in Subsection 24.55.200 H.1. below.  A fee waiver will only be granted to recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site.

G.  60-day extension of residential demolition delay period.  If a signed request for extension of the demolition delay is received as provided in Subsection 24.55.200 F. above, issuance of the building permit for demolition will be stayed until the Code Hearings Officer has rendered a decision of the appeal filed as provided in Subsection 24.55.200 H. below.

H.  Appeal of the residential demolition permit application.  An interested party may appeal issuance of the demolition permit by completing an appeal application on forms provided by the Bureau.  The appeal application must be accompanied by the appeal fee or a fee waiver, along with a copy of the letter requesting a meeting with the property owner as described in Subsection 1. below.  Appeals will be forwarded to the Code Hearings Officer and will be governed by the provisions in Chapter 22.10, unless there is a conflict between Chapter 22.10 and this Section, in which case this Section shall apply.  The provisions of Chapter 22.03 shall not apply to appeals under this Section, except for Sections 22.03.050 (Hearing Procedure), 22.03.080 (Evidence), and 22.03.110 (Orders).  The appeal may be filed any time within the initial 35-day delay period.  The demolition permit may not be issued from the time the Bureau receives an appeal application and the fee or fee waiver, until the Code Hearings Officer has rendered a decision or the 60-day extension period has expired.  If the fee waiver is denied, the appealing party must submit the appeal fee to the Bureau within three business days of the denial or the appeal will be rejected.  The appealing party has the burden of proving that it is actively pursuing an alternative to demolition and must demonstrate all of the following by submitting evidence to the Code Hearings Officer, either with the appeal application or at the appeal hearing:

1.  The requesting party has contacted the property owner or property owner’s representative to request a meeting to discuss alternatives to demolition by sending a letter to the property owner by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested;

2.   The particular property subject to the demolition permit application has significance to the neighborhood.  Evidence of the significance may include, but is not limited to, architectural significance, the age and condition of the structure or other factors;

3.  The requesting party has a plan to save the structure; and 

4.  The requesting party has a reasonable potential to consummate the plan within 95 days of the date the Bureau accepted the complete demolition permit application by providing a proposed budget and either evidence of funds on hand or a fund raising plan sufficient to meet the financial requirements of that budget.  “Consummate the plan” as used in this Subsection means coming to an agreement among the parties within the 95 days; it does not mean that the plan itself must be completed in that time.

I.  Moving as an alternative.  If the applicant decides to move the structure instead of demolishing it, then the demolition notice period and/or extended delay period becomes moot.  The demolition delay period is automatically terminated when a building permit to move the structure from the site and a building permit to relocate the structure to another site are issued.

J.  Findings of the Code Hearings Officer.  If the Code Hearings Officer finds that the requesting party has demonstrated that it is actively pursuing an alternative to demolition and has met all of the criteria in Subsection 24.55.200 H. (1. – 4.) above, the Code Hearings Officer may grant an extension of the demolition delay for up to 60 additional days from the date the initial 35 day delay period has expired.  If the Code Hearings Officer finds that the requesting party has not met its burden, then the Bureau may issue the demolition permit immediately upon receipt of the decision, provided that all other requirements for issuing the demolition permit have been satisfied.

K.  End of the extension period.  If the Code Hearings Officer has not rendered a decision within the 60-day extension period as provided in Subsections 24.55.200 H. and J. above, the building permit for demolition may be issued any time after 60 days have elapsed since the expiration of the initial 35-day notice period.  In no event will the permit issuance be delayed more than 95 days from the date the Bureau received the complete demolition permit application if all other requirements for issuing the demolition permit have been satisfied.

L.  Exceptions to demolition delay.

1.  The provisions of this Section (24.55.200) do not apply to applications for building permits for demolition that are required by the City to remove structures because of a public hazard, nuisance, or liability.  The structure must be subject to a demolition order from the City, or be the subject of enforcement proceedings for demolition and be stipulated by the owner as a dangerous building, in order to be exempt from the demolition delay provisions.

2.  The provisions of this Section (24.55.200) do not apply to applications for building permits for demolition of structures that are subject to the demolition review provisions of Title 33.  In this situation, the provisions of Title 33, Planning and Zoning, apply to the application.  Any application not subject to the demolition review provisions of Title 33 is subject to the demolition delay provisions of this Section (24.44.200).


24.55.205 Site Control Measures in Residential Demolitions.

(Added by Ordinance No. 188802; amended by Ordinance No. 189012, effective June 13, 2018.)

A.  Scope.  The provisions of this Section 24.55.205 apply to demolitions involving the following, regardless of zoning or Comprehensive Plan Map designation:

1.  Structures used for residential purposes with four or fewer dwelling units, including mixed use structures.  “Mixed use” for purposes of this Section 24.55.205 means the combination on a site of residential uses with commercial or industrial uses. 

2.  Any detached accessory structures with a floor area over 200 square feet on a site with a structure covered by Subsection 1. above.  “Accessory structure” for purposes of this Section 24.55.205 means a structure not greater than 3,000 square feet in floor area, and not more than two stories in height, the use of which is accessory to and incidental to that of the main structure.

B.  Documentation Required.  A permit to demolish a structure within the scope of this Section as defined in Subsection A. above will not be issued until the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has received all of the following:

1.  A copy of the asbestos survey required under Oregon Revised Statutes 468A.757 and Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 248, as each of these is amended from time-to-time.

2.  If asbestos is identified in the asbestos survey:

a.  For friable asbestos removal, a copy of the ASN1 (friable notification form) and a close-out letter from the licensed asbestos abatement contractor verifying all of the asbestos identified in the asbestos survey has been abated; and

b.  For non-friable asbestos removal, a copy of an ASN6 (nonfriable asbestos notification form), and a copy of the ASN4 (asbestos waste shipment form).

3.  A Demolition Plan as described in Section 24.55.150.

4.  If the structure to be demolished was built before January 1, 1978, it will be presumed to contain lead-based paint, unless a copy of lead-test results conducted by an “inspector” or “risk assessor,” as those terms are defined on OAR 333-069 and as that section is amended from time-to-time, that shows the structure does not have lead-containing materials is submitted to the Bureau of Development Services with the application for a demolition permit. 

5.  Unless the lead-test results outlined in Subsection 4. above show that the structure does not have lead-containing materials, if the structure to be demolished was built before January 1, 1978, and the person performing the demolition is a contractor, as defined in ORS 701.005 (5)(a), the person performing the demolition must submit proof to BDS verifying that the person has one of the certifications specified in OAR 333-068-0070, as that section is amended from time-to-time, or has hired a person with one of the specified certifications to perform the mechanical demolition activities or deconstruction on the site.

C.  Requirements for Demolitions

1.  Accredited inspector, certified worker, or certified supervisor.  An accredited inspector, certified worker, or certified supervisor as those terms are defined in OAR 340-248-0010, must be present during all mechanical demolition activities and deconstruction on the site, unless Comprehensive Asbestos Inspection and Testing, as that term is defined in the BDS administrative rules, has been completed on the structures to be demolished or deconstructed and asbestos test results certified by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor is included with the asbestos survey provided to BDS, along with evidence that all identified asbestos-containing material has been abated as required by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

2.  Lead hazard reduction.  Prior to commencing mechanical demolition activities, all painted exterior non-structural surfaces, including, but not limited to, doors, windows, railings, soffits, trim, exterior porches (except for concrete or masonry materials), and all layers of siding (unless such surfaces have been tested as set forth in Section B.4. above and found not to contain lead-containing paint) must be removed, and all such materials must be placed in 6 mil plastic and deposited in a covered container.  During the removal of these exterior painted materials, 6-mil plastic sheeting or equivalent must be placed at the base of the exterior shear wall and extend at least 10 feet beyond the perimeter of the structure or work area, whichever is greater.  If a property line prevents 10 feet of ground covering, vertical containment must be erected to protect neighboring properties.

3.  Dust suppression.  During mechanical demolition activities, including transfer and loading of materials, the structure, equipment parts that come in direct contact with building materials, and debris must be continuously wetted with a water spray sufficient in volume and force to prohibit airborne emission of dust and particulates from leaving the site.  In addition, the entire demolition site and all debris piles must be wetted down each day prior to commencing mechanical demolition activities and at the end of each day during which mechanical demolition activities have occurred.

4.  Wind speed.  Mechanical demolition activities must be suspended when winds exceed 25 MPH, verified regularly during mechanical demolition activities by using a hand-held anemometer prior to commencing mechanical demolition activities each day and any time wind speeds noticeably increase. Only deconstruction or other activities that do not generate dust may be conducted on the site when winds exceed 25 MPH.

5.  Containment of demolition debris on-site.  Containment measures to prevent suspect asbestos-containing material, lead-based paint, and any other pollutants, as defined in the City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, from running off the site must be employed consistent with Portland City Code Title 10 and the Solid Waste and Materials Management provisions of the City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual.  If stormwater or any other water generated on the site pools or is collected onsite, including but not limited to water generated from dust suppression activities, then written authorization from the City is required to discharge into a City storm, sanitary, or combined sewer system, unless the Demolition Manager arranges to have the water pumped and hauled off-site for proper disposal.  The site will be required to employ approved best management practices, such as settling and filtration, prior to discharge per Portland City Code Subsections 17.34.030 B. and 17.39.040 C.10., and City of Portland Sanitary Discharge and Pretreatment Program Administrative Rules, ENB-4.03(3)(B) and (C).

6.  Demolition debris.  Any non-salvageable materials and debris generated from demolition activities, including deconstruction, that is deposited into any receptacle, drop box, dumpsters shaft, or piping and any debris left on the site, must be covered at the end of each work day with non-permeable plastic.

7.  Exceptions for Full Deconstruction.  If the structure to be demolished will be fully deconstructed in accordance with the deconstruction requirements outlined in Portland City Code Subsection 17.106.040 B. and the Portland Deconstruction Administrative Rules adopted October 31, 2016, Parts 4.1 and 4.2, as amended from time-to-time, then the lead hazard reduction requirements in Subsection 2., except the requirement for horizontal and vertical plastic protection; the wetting techniques outlined in Subsection 3., except the requirement to wet mechanically transferred and loaded materials; and the wind restrictions in Subsection 4. above do not apply during deconstruction activities.

8.  Exemption for Unsafe or Hazardous Structures.  An applicant may request an exemption from the lead hazard reduction requirements in Subsection 2. above if the structure is structurally unsafe or otherwise hazardous to human life to the extent that the activities described in Subsection 2. above could not be safely executed.  The request must accompany the application for the demolition permit, unless the unsafe or hazardous condition is not discovered until after the permit application has been submitted.  Reasons for exemption consideration could include, but are not limited to, extensive fire damage, drug manufacturing, or severe structural issues that cannot be mitigated without complete mechanical demolition.  Request for an unsafe or hazardous structure exemption must be submitted to the Bureau of Development Services and include all of the following:

a.  A letter on company or organization letterhead from one of the following professionals stating that performing the lead hazard reduction requirements would not be safe:

(1)  Structural Engineer licensed in the State of Oregon.

(2)  Bureau of Development Services.

(3)  Hazardous material professional with credentials to perform work in the State of Oregon.

b.  A statement by a professional listed in Subsection a.(1) or (3) above who provides a letter indicating that neither the professional, a relative of the professional, nor a business entity with which the professional is associated has a financial or other interest in the property or project.  “Relative” means the spouse, parent, stepparent, child, sibling, step-sibling, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of the professional.

c.  Supporting evidence documenting the condition of the structure and reasons why the lead hazard reduction activities are not recommended due to safety concerns.

9.  Notification and Posting.  All demolitions that are subject to the provisions of this Section 24.55.205 must comply with the notification requirements in Subsection 24.55.200 D.2.  All such sites must also be posted with a sign during demolition activities that meets the requirements of Portland City Code Subsection 10.30.020 B.8.a. and includes the name and telephone number of the Demolition Manager, in addition to the information required in Subsection 10.30.020 B.8.a.

D.  Demolition-Related Inspections

1.  BDS will conduct an initial pre-demolition site assessment to determine whether the site control measures outlined in the Demolition Plan, erosion control measures, sediment control measures, and site security are adequate based on specific site conditions or other City regulations.  The initial site assessment will be used to review the Demolition Plan, including final site grading and any necessary permanent site control measures.  In addition, the initial site assessment will ensure that there is a Demolition Manager and that a copy of the Demolition Plan is on site.

2.  BDS will conduct an inspection during demolition activities to confirm the Demolition Plan is being properly implemented and maintained during the demolition process, and any dust-suppression and other site control equipment described in the Demolition Plan are on-site.

3.  BDS will conduct a post-demolition inspection to verify that site grading has been completed, permanent soil stabilization measures are in place, and the premises is secure as detailed in the Demolition Plan.

E.  Enforcement

1.  Stop Work Orders.  When necessary to obtain compliance with this Section 24.55.205, the Director may issue a stop work order as described in Portland City Code Section 3.30.080 requiring that all work, except work directly related to elimination of the violation, be immediately and completely stopped.  Any person subject to a stop work order may seek administrative review of the order and may appeal the Director’s administrative determination as provided in Portland City Code Section 3.30.080.

2.  Citation Process and Fines 

a.  Citation Process

(1)  Correction Notice.  If BDS finds the demolition project does not comply with any provision of this Section 24.55.205, BDS will issue a correction notice stating the provision(s) violated and the required correction(s) to bring the project into compliance.

(2)  Citation for Violations. If a violation for which a correction notice has been issued is not corrected, or if the same responsible party is found to have violated any provision of this Section 24.55.205 on a different project within the City, BDS may issue a citation to the responsible party for such violation.  For the purposes of this Section 24.55.205, the responsible party is defined in Section 24.55.150.

(3)  Citation service.  A citation may be personally delivered to the responsible party, or may be served by Registered or Certified Mail to the responsible party.  For purposes of this Subsection, service by Registered or Certified mail is complete and effective when a correctly addressed notice is deposited with the postal service after being either certified or registered by the postal service.

(4)  Fines and corrections.  The citation will state the section of this Section 24.55.205 violated, the fine imposed, and the corrective action required.

(5)  Corrections not made.  If corrections are not made and the violation(s) continue, BDS may impose additional citations or pursue other enforcement remedies as authorized under Portland City Code Section 3.30.040, including assessment of Administrative Enforcement Fees and revocation of issued demolition or building permits.

(6)  Citation appeals.  Issuance of a citation may be appealed by requesting an Administrative Review, see Subsection G below.

b.  Fines.  Fines are established for violations of this Section 24.55.205 as set forth in the Enforcement Fee and Penalty Schedule as adopted by the City Council.  These fines will be assessed as a result of an issued citation for violations of this Section 24.55.205 and are in addition to any other fines authorized by law.

  1st Offense – a first offense is based on a single inspection, even if there are multiple violations.  For any subsequent offenses, a separate fine may be assessed for each violation of this Section 24.55.205.

  Additional violations after the first offense will be set at the maximum amount per individual violation allowed by the fee scheduled adopted by the City Council, unless the Director finds mitigating factors that justify a lesser fine.  Multiple citations can be issued to the responsible party for continued violations of this Section 24.55.205, and each day of non-compliance may be considered a separate violation.

  Fines must be received by the Bureau of Development Services within 15 calendar days of the date on the citation, or within 15 calendar days of the final administrative review of the Director or the published decision of a citation appealed to the Code Hearings Officer, unless the Code Hearings Officer specifies a different date.

  If the citation fine is not paid within 15 calendar days, the fine(s) indicated on the citation will double and the unpaid citation amount may, at the discretion of the Director, be assessed as a City lien against the property.

F.  Demolition Permit Compliance Prerequisite for New Building Permit.  No building permit for a new structure on the site that is subject to the demolition permit (including all lots in a land division or lot confirmation) will be issued until the final inspection for the demolition permit has been completed and approved.

G.  Administrative Review and Appeals.  If a responsible party has received a stop work order or written citation and the responsible party believes the order or citation has been issued in error, the responsible party may request that the order or citation be reviewed by the Director or designee.  The responsible party must submit a written request for an Administrative Review within 15 calendar days of the date of the order or citation.  An Administrative Review appeal fee, see current BDS Enforcement fee schedule, is due when the written request for an Administrative Review is requested.  This fee will only be refunded if it is determined that all of the contested violations were cited in error.  A written Administrative Review determination will be served on the responsible party by regular mail.

A responsible party may appeal the written Administrative Review determination to the City Code Hearings Office in accordance with Chapter 22.10 of the Portland City Code.


24.55.210 Major Residential Alterations and Additions.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187017; amended by Ordinance No. 189012, effective June 13, 2018.)

A.  Purpose.  The delay provisions are intended to provide notice of a major residential alteration or addition to recognized organizations and to surrounding neighbors.  The dust suppression measures are intended to minimize exposure to neighboring properties from dust that may be generated from mechanical demolition activities during major alteration work.

B.  Where the provisions apply.  The major residential alteration and addition delay applies to sites with residential structures that are regulated under the Oregon Residential Specialty Code and that are located in areas with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.  If heavy machinery is used in a major alteration project, then the dust suppression measures described in Subsection 24.55.205 C.3. must be implemented during the mechanical demolition activities, as that term is defined in Subsection 24.55.150 H.  The delay and dust suppression provisions do not apply to accessory structures such as garages or other outbuildings.

C.  Delay in issuing.  The building permit for a major residential alteration or addition will not be issued except as provided for in this Section (24.55.210).

D.  Notification.

1.  Emailed notice.  At least 35 days before a building permit is issued for a major residential alteration or addition, the applicant for the permit must email a letter to the recognized organization(s) whose boundaries include the site that contains at least the following information.

a.  Notice that an application for a major alteration or addition has been or will be submitted to the Bureau of Development Services,

b.  The date the application was filed, if applicable,

c.  A general description of the proposed alteration or addition,

d.  Notice that there is a delay period of 35 days from the date the notice is sent, and

e.  The contact information of the applicant.

2.  Posted notice.  At least 35 days before the building permit is issued for the major residential alteration or addition, the applicant must post door hangers provided by the Bureau of Development Services on the 10 surrounding properties from the site of the project.  See Figure 210-1 below for a typical configuration.  The notice must contain all of the following information.

a.  Notice that an application for a major alteration or addition has been or will be submitted to the Bureau of Development Services,

b.  The permit application number, if an application has already been filed,

c.  The approximate date the construction activity will commence,

d.  Contact information of the agencies that regulate asbestos and lead-based paint, and

e.  Contact information for the applicant.

E.  Required information prior to permit issuance.  Prior to issuing a major alteration or addition permit, the delay period must expire and the applicant must submit to the Bureau of Development Services:

1.  A copy of the sent email and a list of the names and email addresses of all recognized organizations that received the notification and the date the notifications were emailed, certified by the applicant or the owner or owner’s agent, and

2.  A copy of the door hanger and a list of addresses of all properties that received the notification and the date the notifications were posted, certified by the applicant or the owner or owner’s agent.

F.  End of the delay period.  The building permit for the major alteration or addition may be issued any time after the end of the 35-day notice period.

G.  Expiration of permit application.  If for any reason, the permit application for a major residential alteration or addition expires prior to issuance of the permit or if an issued permit expires prior to the project being commenced, a new permit application, notification and delay period will be required.

FIGURE 210-1

Figure 210-1


24.55.250 Enforcement.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.300 Referral to the Hearings Officer.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.350 Appeals.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.400 Rehabilitation and Repair under Direction of Council.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.450 Contracts to Repair or Demolish.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.500 Warehousing of Structures.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.550 Interference with Demolition or Repair Prohibited.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.600 Demolition - Debris - Barricades - Nuisances.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.650 Demolition Permits - Investigations.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 163608, effective November 7, 1990.)


24.55.700 Demolition Delay - Housing Preservation.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.750 Administrative Review

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.800 Appeals to the Code Hearings Officer.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)


24.55.850 Dangerous Building Enforcement Fees.

(Repealed by Ordinance No. 171455, effective August 29, 1997.)