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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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Voluntary Sidewalk Repair – Minor Improvement Permit (MIP)

Minor Improvement Permits (MIPs) for Voluntary Sidewalk, Driveway, and Curb Repairs are now available online!

 

 

STARTING ON APRIL 1 2018

PBOT WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDING VOLUNTARY MIPs AT THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CENTER

 

 

Save Time and Apply Online!

 

For information on permits to close portions of the right-of-way (reserve parking, close sidewalks, lanes, etc), visit Temporary Street Use Permitting.



 

Overview

If you own property within the City of Portland, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of any sidewalks, driveways, and curbs adjacent to the property that you own. Before beginning any voluntary demolition or repair work in the pedestrian sidewalk corridor, you or your contractor must have a Minor Improvement Permit (MIP) from the Bureau of Transportation.

Repairs at multiple sites require one permit per site; for example, repairs at two adjacent house frontages would require one permit for each home. The amount of work that can be completed under this permit is limited and some larger repairs may require a different type of permit. 

MIPs are not available for properties that have been "posted" by Transportation Maintenance Operations for mandatory repairs; please visit the Sidewalk Maintenance Program webpage if your property has received a Sidewalk Repair Notice or for more information on this program.

Apply online

You can apply for a Voluntary MIP from PBOT online.

Applications that are received, approved, and paid for by 3pm will be issued via email within the next business day. Learn more about this faster and more convenient process.

Apply in-person at the Development Services Center (DSC)

If you're a property owner looking to acquire a MIP for your private frontage and are unable to take advantage of the online processing, you can apply for your Voluntary MIP in-person at the DSC. Please be aware that there can be long wait times, as it is not uncommon for the DSC to process hundreds of customers on a first-come first-serve basisGet directions to and see hours at the DSC.

Permit fees

See an alphabetical list of current Fiscal Year Fees for PBOT. The most common MIP repairs are:

  • CULVERT
  • CURB
  • RAIN DRAIN
  • SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY
  • TREE WELL

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/405864

 All voluntary MIPs have a minimum processing fee of $60 and maximum fee of $200. MIPs are only available for up to a total of 100 lineal feet of frontage repairs to sidewalks and 50 lineal feet of curb replacement.

Permit Refund Policy

If your permit:

  • has a change in scope of work, 
  • has an error in the permit’s calculation, you may be able to request a refund from PBOT.

If we approve your refund on a same day invoice payment, PBOT will void the MIP and your credit card account won't be charged.

If the permit invoice has been processed through the bank, you'll need to complete and email a refund request for PBOT approval. PBOT sends approved refunds via check from the City of Portland, payable to the name listed on the Credit Card used for paying the MIP invoice. Refunds may take up to 60 days to process and are at the discretion of PBOT.

All refunds shall be at the discretion of Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Learn more about the Refund Policy on Permits Issued by Street Systems Management

Request a refund – Please email the request listing the MIP information and payee’s information, an application will be provided by staff PBOTsidewalkpermit@portlandoregon.gov

Inspections & Consultations

All repairs and construction within the public right-of-way require a passing final inspection before the permitted work is considered complete. An MIP requires an inspection of the concrete forms or pavement base before pouring concrete or paving and a second inspection after completing the permitted work. In some cases, your inspector may require any additional inspections that they deem necessary.

If tree roots are exposed by your repair and the tree roots or tree base would need to be cut or otherwise impacted to a make the repair then you will also need an inspection by the City Forrester before you build your concrete forms or place your base. Based on their inspection, it may not be possible to cut or disturb the tree roots. If unable to cut the tree roots then you will need to consult with your Minor Improvement Permit inspector before you build your concrete forms or place your base.

The Minor Improvement Permit inspector is available for consultations before you get your permit by calling 503-823-7002x1. You can get answers to questions such as how extensive of a repair might be required, what areas of sidewalk don't meet City maintenance standards, and how to solve unique problems or address specific conflicts with existing infrastructure. The City Forestry inspector can be reached for questions regarding trees at 503-823-4489.  

Pictures of Common Repairs and Damage

diagram for identifying and measuring sidewalk

 

 

Driveway reconstruction 

 

Replacement of damaged sidewalk panels

 

Replacement of damaged curb

 

Repair of curb-tight sidewalk

 

Damage caused by tree roots

 

Standard Drawings

The below standard drawings provide a reference for design and construction of sidewalk, curbs, and driveways. There are multiple standard drawings for driveways and the appropriate standard for your location will be selected City staff. The final design and construction details are determined by the inspector for your permit.

Curbs

 

Detailed Information

This document has more detailed information regarding sidewalk repairs, permits, work types, inspection, and other items.

Contact

If you have any question or need to contact us we can be reached by telephone at 503-823-7002 option 3 or by email at PBOTsidewalkpermit@portlandoregon.gov.