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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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Apply Online

Begin the process by selecting application.

What to expect:

PBOT will be checking for new applications every business morning, and throughout the business day. 

Once you submit your application, our staff will review it for completeness. If additional information is necessary, you will be promptly contacted by PBOT staff to assure fast-tracking of your request continues.

For your records, an acknowledgement of the application submittal will be sent to the email address that you provide in the application.

Within one business day, you will receive an invoice for payment of the permit. The invoice will also be sent to the same email address that you provide in the application.

Also for your records, you will receive an automated payment approval (receipt) at time of payment. PBOT will also be notified that this has occurred. Your issued Minor Improvement Permit (MIP) will be email to you within one business day of payment approval, or on the same day when possible.

Permit Fee information:

  • For all Minor Improvement Permits, there is a minimum processing fee of $60.00
  • Voluntary Minor Improvement Permits have a maximum fee of $200.00
  • Permit Fees for additional information.

How soon can I begin work?

Once your issued Minor Improvement Permit is received and you have also provided notification online of your sidewalk closure dates, the work can begin!  If you need to reserve on-street parking or close a travel lane, you'll need to obtain those permits via

Make sure your sidewalk closure follows the guidelines in the PBOT Traffic Control Manual, as well as the guidelines for safe pedestrian access.

MIP Application or 503-823-7002 option No. 3 with any questions that you may have.