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The City of Portland, Oregon

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.


Approved Metal Non-slip Surface

Metal slip resistance

Construction Inspections

Street inspections for street improvements and right of way use

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.

Driveway, Parking Strip and Sidewalks

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

Environmental Assessment Information Packet 2017-2018

Environmental Assessment Information Packet 2017-2018

Events in Portland's Streets

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

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.

Parking Permits

Information about parking permits in Portland.

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

PBOT issues temporary permits to reserve the right of way, including parking spaces, sidewalks, streets and lanes.

Plat and Subdivision Conditions

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

Pre-Approved Vaults

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

Publication Boxes

Publication boxes are free standing and are intended to provide convenient locations for distribution of publications to the general public.

Rose Festival and Other Parade Events

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

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

Sidewalk Café Violations

Report a sidewalk café violation

Street Naming Process

Information on street naming, street designation, and property numbering

Structures, Sewers, Utilities

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

TSUP Notification for City Work

City of Portland employees or subcontractors notifying TSUP about upcoming work

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.

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.