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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Development Services Boards (several)

 Below you will find descriptions of advisory boards for which the Bureau of Development Services is seeking new members. A brief description is provided below. Click the links below the descriptions for more information, desired qualifications, and applications.

Adjustment Committee

The Adjustment Committee consists of seven volunteer members, none of whom may hold public elective office.  The committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in either urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in either engineering, financing construction, management of buildings, or land development. The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Alternative Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)

ATAC assists the Bureau of Development Services in reviewing innovate sustainable building technologies and methods for compliance with the Building Code requirements. The Committee reviews requests submitted by applicants to determine if emerging technologies can be found to meet the building code, as well as promote a positive impact to the earth’s natural systems. 

For more information and to apply, click here.

Building Code Board of Appeals

The Building Code Board of Appeals is authorized under Portland City Code 24.10.080 and the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code. The Building Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of building code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Design Commission

The Design Commission, authorized under Portland City Code 33.710.050, provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and on maintaining and enhancing Portland’s historical and architectural heritage. The Design Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office.  

For more information and to apply, click here.

Development Review Advisory Committee

The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) is a citizen advisory body, authorized under Portland City Code 3.30.030, representing those with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.  The purpose of the Committee is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City’s goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment.  The Committee advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations. 

For more information and to apply, click here

Electrical Code Board of Appeals

The Electrical Code Board of Appeals hears appeals where an applicant is aggrieved by the findings of the weekly Administrative Appeals Board.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Floating Structures Code Board of Appeal

The Board will assist in determining the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction and provide for reasonable interpretation of the provisions of Title 28. In addition, appeals for floating structures shall be heard by and ruled on by the Floating Structures Code Board of Appeal. Members of The Board will be appointed by the Mayor.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Historic Landmarks Commission

The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage. The Commission identifies and protects buildings and other properties that have historic or cultural significance or special architectural merit. The Commission provides advice on historic preservation matters, and coordinates historic preservation programs in the City. The Commission is also actively involved in the development of design guidelines for historic districts.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Mechanical Code Board of Appeals

The Mechanical Board of Appeals determines the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction and provides for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Mechanical Code. The Mechanical Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of mechanical code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board

For more information and to apply, click here.

Plumbing Code Board of Appeals

The Plumbing Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of plumbing code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board.

For more information and to apply, click here.

River Community Advisory Committee (RCAC)

The River Community Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory body, comprised of six members who represent a variety of floating structures interests.  Members will be appointed by the Commissioner-in-charge of BDS and confirmed by the City Council for three-year terms and will serve no more than two complete three-year terms, unless the Director recommends approval of a longer term and the Mayor and City Council approved the extended appointment.  The committee will assist BDS with the development of procedures and administrative guidelines for implementing Title 28.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Structural Engineering Advisory Committee

The board advises the Bureau of Development Services Director and/or the Appeals Board in structural matters relative to reasonable interpretation and to alternate materials and methods of construction. The Structural Engineering Advisory Committee consists of six members licensed in Oregon to practice structural engineering.

For more information and to apply, click here.