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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

Parks System Development Charge (SDC) program will be proposing updates to the Parks SDC code (Chapter 17.13) by taking an ordinance to City Council in fall 2018. The proposed code updates will not change the SDC Methodology, rate structure, or SDC-CIP list that Council previously adopted through Ordinance 187150, as amended, and Ordinance 187770.

The primary goals of the code updates are to:

  • Ensure code language is clear and precise
  • Correct inconsistent and outdated code language
  • Simplify code language (example: reference other Portland City Code or Oregon Revised Statute language rather than paraphrasing or re-stating in the Parks SDC Code)
  • Update eligibility criteria and increase transparency in SDC credit process
  • Update decision-making authorities and process

Proposed draft SDC code updates (underscore indicates additional language, strike-through indicates deleted language) are online here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Parks SDC Program Manager:
Sarah Huggins
1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2200, Portland, Oregon 97204

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