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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Park System Development Charge

System Development Charges for Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas

System Development Charges (SDCs) are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the cost of providing specific types of public infrastructure required as a result of this development. Park SDCs help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.

If you have a question about SDC fees, please call 503-823-5105 or send an email with your request to The Parks 2015 Methodology Update was adopted by City Council on May 27, 2015. Methodology changes took effect July 1, 2016

Code Update and Fee Index Delay Heading to Council April 8, 2020

The Parks System Development (SDC) program is bringing an ordinance to Council to change how our annual fee index is applied. The proposed changes to the code section 17.13 can be viewed here at

Due to the economic uncertainties, the ordinance also includes a delay in implementation of the next fee index, with fees not indexed again until July 1, 2021. This would mean that the Parks SDC fees for fiscal year 2020-2021 will be the same as they were in fiscal year 2019-2020.

The following changes will be requested:

  • We will remove the Multnomah County Assessor as a data input for the fee index.
  • We will shift the Seattle Construction Cost Index from an annual percentage change to the change in a 3-year moving average. This is anticipated to smooth the fee index year to year.
  • We will change the maximum fee index increase from 12% over a two-year period to a 6% maximum annual increase.

In addition to the annual fee index change, we are removing one item from the SDC exemptions. This exemption for non-residential development that does not add square footage or change use is not needed, as it describes permit activity that would not generate a Parks SDC fee at all under today’s code. Other exemptions listed would generate a Parks SDC fee if they were not specifically exempted.

Please contact the Parks SDC Program with any questions.

Sarah Huggins, System Development Charge Program Manager
503-823-3385   |

 Update to residential addition SDCs starting July 1, 2018. Read more.