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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.

Environmental Assessment Information Packet 15-16

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

Sidewalk Café Violations

Report a sidewalk café violation

Approved Metal Non-slip Surface

Metal slip resistance

Pre-Approved Vaults

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

Insurance and Bond Requirements

Insurance and Bond Requirements

Construction Moratorium - Holiday Season and Rose Festival

Rose Festival and Holidays moratorium on construction permits

Construction Inspections

Street inspections for street improvements and right of way use

Structures, Sewers, Utilities

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

Standard Traffic Control Plans

The City of Portland has standard traffic control plans for traffic lane and street closures in the Central Business District and street closures for Community Events.

Street Vacation Process

Information and forms to facilitate the street vacation process

Rose Festival and Other Parade Events

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

Street Naming Process

Information on street naming, street designation, and property numbering

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.

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

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.

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.

Driveway, Parking Strip and Sidewalks

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

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.

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.

Plat and Subdivision Conditions

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