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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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Structures, Sewers, Utilities

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.


Structural Plan Reviews

Transportation Engineering & Development reviews all building plans to ensure that structures built in the public right-of-way conform with City standards and governing codes for all improvements whether built by public or private interests. Structure types include structural driveways, retaining walls, poles, private bridges, fences, tanks, underground vaulted spaces, and tunnels. The plan review of structures provides that facilities are safe to use, durable, and have a long life.

Contact:  Structural Plan Review
Phone:  503-823-7002, option 3

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Local Street Improvements

Sewer Connections

All sewer and storm work on public and private property require a permit and inspection. The City keeps detailed records of all connections to the City sewer system. These records are made possible by permit and inspection and protect public health and safety. You must get a permit through the Development Service Center to connect to the city sewer system.

Contact: Development Services Center
Phone: 503-823-7310

Sewer Locates

All utilities doing work in the right of way need to know where the sewer lines are located. Inquiries about sewer locates need to go to the Bureau of Maintenance. A description of the area may be faxed to 503-823-4043.

Contact: Maintenance Operations
Phone: 503-823-1779

Utility Permits

The City of Portland issues permits for the placement of underground utility mains, services, structures, and poles. Our main responsibility is to ensure that the proposed utility placement is located at a proper depth and sufficient horizontal distance from curbs, water lines, and sewers and that the street surface is repaired to accepted standards. City Code reference for this program is Title 17.56.  Permits are also issued for service cuts, repairs, and boring/test holes in the right-of-way.

Click here for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Permit Fee Schedule for utility construction in the public right-of-way.

Contact:   PBOT Utility Permits   



PBOT Underground Wiring Districts

For more information about underground wiring districts, click here

PBOT Underground Wiring Districts