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Deconstruction Requirements Effective October 31, 2016

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October 21, 2016

Contact: Shawn Wood, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, (503) 823-5468  

Deconstruction Requirements Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. Demolition permit applications deemed complete prior to October 31st are not subject to this new requirement. 

Explore Deconstruction

Explore Deconstruction

Visit the City of Portland’s website for more details about the new deconstruction policy and to find a Certified Deconstruction Contractor that can perform the work covered by the new rules.

To find information about what year a building was constructed:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the building address
  3. “Year Built” is the first item in the list of information about the property

To find out if a building as designated historic resource, call the Bureau of Development Service’s Planning & Zoning Hotline at 503-823-7526.

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For more information Contact: Shawn Wood, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, at or 503-823-5468.

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