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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 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Insurance & Bond Requirements for Permits in the Right-of-Way

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, staff are currently working from home.  Staff are not available by phone at this time, and there may be an increase in processing time.

This section covers insurance and bond requirements for temporary street-use permits, street-opening permits, sewer connection permits, minor construction, and utility installation in the right-of-way.

Insurance and bond documents are processed by the Utility, Construction & Inspection Insurance & Bond Group, and must be approved by the city attorney prior to issuance of any permits.  Please see links below for general requirements and sample additional insured endorsements.

Insurance Documents (PDF Format) - Insurance is required when a lane, street or sidewalk is closed.

Bond Documents (PDF Format) - A Street Opening Bond is required for excavation or sewer work in the right-of-way.

Phone is not currently available.  Please email: with submissions or questions.  Please allow 5-7 business days for processing once documents meeting requirements are received.

Insurance requirements for street and sidewalk use permits: The insurance documents are intended to protect the city from any liability it may incur as a result of granting the requested permit. The City of Portland requires the a certificate of liability insurance AND an additional insured endorsement for Street and Sidewalk Use Permits. The certificate and endorsement must be approved by the City Attorney before a permit can be issued. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing. Documents that contain missing or incorrect information will require a longer processing period.

1. A standard certificate of liability insurance.  The certificate shall contain the following:

City of Portland Utilities, Construction & Inspection (UCI) named as the Certificate Holder as follows: 

City of Portland

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Attn: UCI

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331

Portland OR 97204

Minimum Coverage Requirements for Liability Insurance:

Per Occurrence coverage not less than $1,000,000 (one million dollars) per occurrence.

General Aggregate coverage not less than $2,000,000 (two million dollars).

  • Notification of Cancellation: 

The City of Portland requires 30 (thirty) days written notice from the insurance company prior to cancellation of the policy.

  • In the “Description of Operations...” Section of the Certificate:

Indicate the type of permit requested (All Operations, Street/Lane/Sidewalk Closure, Street Opening, Sewer Connection, Banner, Sidewalk Café, Vending Cart, Community Event, Block Party, etc).  Please list the premise location(s) for Sidewalk Cafés and Vending Carts.

If the insured requests permits for varying locations and dates, indicate “All Operations”. Do not list each permitted location/date. If you do, a new certificate and endorsement will be required for each permit. For sidewalk Cafes and Vending Carts, please list premise location(s).

2. An additional insured endorsement form:

The City of Portland accepts endorsements referring to permits and state or political subdivisions.  The following endorsements are accepted: CG 20 12 04 13; “Additional Insured - State or Political Subdivisions – Permits” or BP 04 52 07 02; “Additional Insured - State or Political Subdivisions – Permits” or an equivalent endorsement.

Policy Number: If the form has a designated space for the policy number, the policy number must be listed OR a schedule of forms and endorsements must be provided.  | If there is no space for the policy number on the endorsement, then the endorsement must be listed in the description section of the certificate OR a schedule of forms and endorsements must be provided. 

Schedules: “The City of Portland and its officers, directors, employees, and agents” should be listed in any schedules provided.  Alternately, the schedule may read, “Any state or governmental agency or subdivision or political subdivision that issues permits or authorizations to the insured”.

Please note: We do not accept endorsements limiting coverage to work the insured performs for the additional insured.  The insured is not performing work FOR the City.  They are requesting a permit FROM the City to utilize the public right-of-way.  Premise-based endorsements are also not accepted.  We issue permits for the public right-of-way, not for premises.