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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Regulatory Option 4: Designate Existing Units

Applicants can elect to designate affordable units in an existing building (receiving site), separate from the multifamily development subject to the program requirements (sending site).

Eligible Scenarios

  1. 25% of the sending site’s total number of residential units, affordable at 60% AMI in the designated existing receiving site, or
  2. 15% of the sending site’s total number of residential units, affordable at 30% AMI in the designated existing receiving site


  • Sending site retains any FAR bonus (varies by zoning code and plan district; see Maximum Base and Bonus Density/FAR table)
  • Sending site will be exempt from parking requirements as detailed in Title 33

Key Requirements

  • Receiving site remains subject to any additional Inclusionary Housing program requirements
  • Affordable units in receiving site must be reasonably equivalent in size, quality and bedroom count to units in sending site
  • Receiving site must be identified and approved by PHB prior to building permit issuance for sending site
  • Receiving site must be within a one-half mile radius of sending site, or in an area of equal or higher Combined Opportunity Map score*
  • Receiving site cannot be supported by any additional PHB subsidy
  • PHB staff determines whether existing building is compatible with program requirements (if determined incompatible, applicant must choose another option)
  • Affordable units must be made available as set forth in the Regulatory Agreement (or sending site subject to financial penalty). Receiving site also subject to Regulatory Agreement.



*Individual Opportunity map scores can be verified on Search by property address and select ‘zoning and districts’ under the ‘permits and zoning’.