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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Permits - Fire Hydrants (Non-Potable Use Only)

Permits and equipment are issued by Water Bureau Meter Shop staff at the Field Operations Center:

Location 1850 N Interstate Avenue, Portland OR
Driving Directions From N. Larrabee Ave, north of N. Broadway, turn right onto N. Hancock St. Turn left at entrance to the Field Operations Center. Follow signs to the Meter Shop.  View online map.
Parking Parking is available outside the Meter Shop.
Phone 503-823-8774
Staff Contact Jonathan Syphard, Hydrant Permit Program
Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All hydrant permit pick-ups and return are now by appointment only. Call 503-823-8774 to schedule an appointment. Please plan accordingly and call ahead for your appointments a minimum of 2 business days in advance.
Payment Payable by Visa or Mastercard.  If you pay with a credit card please allow one to two weeks for equipment deposit to be refunded after job is completed and equipment returned. Payable with one check.  If you pay fees and deposit with one check please allow one to two weeks for equipment deposit to be refunded after job is completed and equipment returned.
Payable with two checks.  If you pay with two checks (one for permit fees and one for equipment deposit) your deposit check will be held and returned when your job is completed and equipment is returned.
Temporary Hydrant Permit
Temporary permit for metered water (not to exceed 90 days):
This minimum charge includes 5,000 gallons or 700 cubic feet recorded by leased Portland Water Bureau meter.
Measured water usage above the minimum charge: each additional 100 cubic feet or part thereof shall be charged the commodity retail rate $4.216
The Portland Water Bureau will require a deposit for hydrant use permits and/or rented equipment. The deposit may be applied to the tag and usage charges and/or equipment lost or damaged and furnished by or rented from the Portland Water Bureau.
Daily rental rate for hydrant valve and/or wrench:
First three (3) days or part thereof:   $10.80
Each additional day or part thereof:       $3.60
The Portland Water Bureau requires a city-owned meter to be installed. The rental rate for meters shall be as follows:
First three (3) days or part thereof:    $10.80
Each additional day or part thereof:    $3.60
The Portland Water Bureau requires an approved backflow prevention device be installed. The rental rate for a 2" double check valve shall be as follows:     
First three (3) days or part thereof:        $10.80
Each additional day or part thereof: $3.60
Annual Hydrant Permit
Annual hydrant permit for tank type vehicle use only; charge for unmeasured water usage for 2 vehicle permit tags (includes 60,000 cubic feet). All tanks must have an approved air gap, and have a current water quality inspection certificate. Permits purchased July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 will expire June 30, 2017. Permits purchased after July 1, 2016 may be discounted $200.00 per month for previously expired full months of same fiscal year. Permit fee will not be pro-rated for partial months or for additional tags for more than two (2) vehicles.
Charge for two (2) vehicle permit tags (includes 60,000 cubic feet water):  $2,825.00
Each additional vehicle permit tag (for tanks under 1,000 gallons): $400
Each additional vehicle permit tag (for tanks over 1,000 gallons):  $835.00


Fire Hydrant Permit Process

Updated: September 2016

BES Sump Testing Policy

(Updated: July 2014)

Hydrant Use Rules & Regulations

Updated: September 2016

Fire Hydrant Equipment

Equipment required for fire hydrant use (Updated: July 2014)

Air Gap Specs & Diagram

Requirements to provide an air gap.

Map to the Meter Shop

Download a map to the Meter Shop