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New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

BDS Press Release letterhead

June 12, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer, at, (503) 823-4268

New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Information gathered at these meetings will assist the applicant in developing appropriate and complete submittal documents for their project, which should help streamline the permitting process.  
The Tier 1 meetings will be scheduled for simpler projects, and two meetings have been reserved for Monday afternoons starting June 26th. Typically, “retail only” shops can receive the information they need through this Tier 1 Preliminary Life Safety meeting. BDS and the Fire Bureau will provide consistent staff at these meetings (Life Safety Plans Examiner, Mechanical Engineer, Fire Plans Examiner).  In addition, a City Planner will attend these meetings to provide zoning information. The fee for the meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.  Staff require a minimum of 5 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting. To schedule a Tier 1 meeting, businesses need to submit a complete Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet:
The Tier 2 meetings are for larger, more complex cannabis businesses such as production (growing), processing (extraction), wholesale operations, or some combination of these business types. BDS will offer reserved consecutive Early Assistance (EA) and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings on Thursday mornings beginning June 29th. The Early Assistance – Zoning and Infrastructure meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to the zoning code, as well as the infrastructure bureaus (Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parks Bureau). The Preliminary Life Safety meeting will be offered in conjunction, and will provide consistent staff including a Life Safety Plans Examiner, a Mechanical Engineer, and a Fire Plans Examiner. Offering back to back Early Assistance meetings and Preliminary Life Safety meetings should provide these larger, more complex projects with a full picture of the requirements related to their proposal. These larger projects may trigger significant improvements beyond the building footprint itself, and these can be identified earlier through the EA meeting rather than at the building permit stage, when large budget items can severely impact project viability.  To schedule a Tier 2 meeting, businesses must submit both the Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application and the Preliminary Life Safety Meeting application. When submitting the information and scheduling the package of consecutive meetings, please be aware that staff require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date. The meetings will be scheduled first come first served, based on availability.   

There are two information packets that need to be submitted to schedule the two meetings. The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting Packet should be submitted first and will be reviewed for completeness.  Please contact Cassandra Scholte at or 503-823-6856 to schedule an appointment to submit the Life Safety Meeting Request materials. The Early Assistance application will be submitted in person in the Development Services Center. The fees will be paid for both meetings, and the meeting can be scheduled at that time. 

The fees for the consecutive meetings are: 
Preliminary Life Safety meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.    
Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure meeting is an additional $2,074. Please note these fees will increase at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1st.

The Life Safety Preliminary Meeting packet can be found here:
The Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure application can be found here:

It is important that applicants continue to work with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) in the cannabis registration and licensure program:

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.


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