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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Street, Parking, & Right of Way Permits

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.

Vacating a Street

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.

Sidewalk Café Permits

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

Street Closures

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

Insurance and Bond Requirements

Dedicating Streets and Granting Easements

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.

Vending Carts

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.

Structures, Sewers, Utilities

Structural plans and permits for underground utility mains and services, structures and poles, and sewer connections.

Construction Inspections

Street inspections for street improvements and right of way use

Driveway, Parking Strip and Sidewalks

Issues permits for: sidewalks, driveways, carriage walks, tree wells, and retaining walls within the public right-of-way.

Use and Construction in the 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.

Sidewalk Café Violations

Report a sidewalk café violation

Moratorium : Holiday Season and Rose Festival

Moratorim (restrictions) on street use during the Holidays and Rose Festival

Pre-Approved Vaults

Structurally Pre-Approved Vaults for Use in the Right of Way

Leasing the Public Right-of-Way: Exclusive Utility Vaults

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.

Environmental Assessment Information Packet 17-18

Permit to remove underground storage tank, soil boring and testing, monitoring well installation

Approved Metal Non-slip Surface

Metal slip resistance

Street Naming Process

Information on street naming, street designation, and property numbering

Plat and Subdivision Conditions

If you are planning to submit a proposed plat to the City of Portland click here.

Publication Boxes

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

Rose Festival Moratorium Letter 2017

Events in Portland's Streets

All the information needed to plan and get a permit for your local event.

Permits for Temporary Use of Parking Spaces, Sidewalk or Travel Lanes

It may be possible to reserve space in the public right of way under certain circumstances.

Rose Festival and Other Parade Events

Call the Parade Event Access Hotline at 503-823-2633 for info on the Parade Event Marking Ordinance.