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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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Underground Wiring District Code Change

UWD snapshot

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is updating City Code to allow the attachment of wireless infrastructure to the poles in underground wiring districts (UWDs) while not exempting non-city-owned transit infrastructure. The proposed language is as follows:

F.   Appliances or appurtenances on, through or by means of which telecommunications data is wirelessly collected or transmitted, as defined by the City of Portland Wireless Master Plan and Transportation Administrative Rules. Transit and/or transit supporting infrastructure not owned and maintained by the City are not exempted.

This language will amend Chapter 17.60.110 Exemptions under Title 17 Public Improvements.

Maps of Underground Wiring Districts in the City of Portland:

City of Portland Underground Wiring Districts

Northwest and Southwest Underground Wiring Districts

Inner Northeast and Southeast Underground Wiring Districts

NE Airport Way Underground Wiring District

***A City Council hearing was initially scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019. However, this hearing has been postponed. Staff will update this page as soon as a follow up hearing date has been confirmed.***

For those who wish to attend the City Council hearing, metered parking is available in the vicinity of City Hall. MAX, the Portland Streetcar and many buses serve the avenue; call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or go to their website at for routes and times.

To testify at the hearing, the City Auditor’s Office places a signup sheet outside Council Chambers 30 minutes before the scheduled meeting. Written material for distribution to council members may also be submitted. Email written testimony to or mail written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW Fourth Ave., Room 130, Portland, OR 97204. Written testimony should be received the day before the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

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Phone: 503-823-2513

The City of Portland has passed a resolution requesting the FCC to update studies on the potential health risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and to publish those findings. It should be noted that the FCC does not allow local authorities to deny wireless infrastructure permits for health concerns. 

For more information on current health studies, please visit the FCC and American Cancer Society websites. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations, complaints and information, call 503-823-5185, City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Hard copies are available upon request. To request a copy, email or call 503-823-2513.