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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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Apply Online

Begin the process by selecting application.



Due to mandatory restrictions and furloughs of PBOT staff, we ask for your patience regarding the requests and processing of permits. 

It will take approximately 10 business days for Voluntary Minor Improvement Permits (VMIPs) to be processed.  

All email communication will be sent to the email address provided on the application.

You will receive instructions via email on how to pay for your permit through the city’s online payment portal, Development Hub PDX (DevHub). Once payment is made, an automated payment confirmation will be provided via email. The Development Hub PDX User Manual can be found here..

  • 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.