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A street use permit is required for any work or occupation in the public right-of-way. Typical of this work is construction by private contractors, public agencies, vending, block parties, etc. Construction includes but is not limited to sewer, storm, or water extensions or repairs, franchise utility work, driveway, sidewalk, curb and gutter, structures, landscaping, trees, street lighting, paving, or any other excavation or pertinent installation in the right-of-way.
Street Seats allow businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park, also called a parklet.
Vacating street right-of-way removes the public’s interest and returns control of the land to the underlying fee owner(s) – most often, to the abutting property owners.
City Code defines operating a sidewalk café as serving food or beverages from a café or restaurant to patrons seated at tables within the sidewalk area adjacent to the café or restaurant. Operating a sidewalk café in the City of Portland requires a permit
Standards & Notices
There are many circumstances that require use of the public right-of-way to facilitate construction on private property. In each case it is necessary to obtain permits for Temporary Street Closures.
Insurance and Bond Requirements
If you are required to dedicate new street right-of-way or public easements, this service will tell you how we’ll get the right documents prepared for you.
City Code states that it is unlawful for any person to sell any goods or services on any public sidewalk within the City of Portland without first obtaining a permit from the City Engineer.
Structural plans and permits for underground utility mains and services, structures and poles, and sewer connections.
Street inspections for street improvements and right of way use
Issues permits for: sidewalks, driveways, carriage walks, tree wells, and retaining walls within the public right-of-way.
Information on permits for: banners, bike racks, transit shelters, house moves, miscellaneous permits, i.e., minor encroachments, sidewalk cafes, sidewalk/driveways, and vending carts. Permits are also granted for use of the streets.
Report a sidewalk café violation
Moratorim (restrictions) on street use during the Holidays and Rose Festival
Structurally Pre-Approved Vaults for Use in the Right of Way
Effective July 1, 2016, all new applications for building permits with designs that propose to locate exclusive utility vaults within the right-of-way will need to enter into a lease with the City of Portland through its Bureau of Transportation.
Permit to remove underground storage tank, soil boring and testing, monitoring well installation
Metal slip resistance
Information on street naming, street designation, and property numbering
If you are planning to submit a proposed plat to the City of Portland click here.
Publication boxes are free standing and are intended to provide convenient locations for distribution of publications to the general public.
Rose Festival Moratorium Letter 2017
All the information needed to plan and get a permit for your local event.
It may be possible to reserve space in the public right of way under certain circumstances.
Call the Parade Event Access Hotline at 503-823-2633 for info on the Parade Event Marking Ordinance.