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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

  • Get the job done online with Development Hub PDX Apply, pay and schedule inspections for some permits online using DevHub

  • Interested in getting a bathroom permit without drawing plans? With Simple Bathroom Permits, installing a bathroom in an existing area in your house has never been easier. Click here to learn more!

  • Remote Video Re-inspection (RVR) You can complete simple re-inspections via a Skype video call with City of Portland Inspectors!

  • Watch The Life of A Permit to learn how permitting works!

  • BDS Online Fee Estimator Obtain a Cost Estimate for your Residential and Commercial Projects.

  • Visiting the Development Services Center? Please check the Development Services Center Business Hours and Service Availability webpage before visiting. We look forward to serving you!

  • Read the latest news about BDS We publish the "Plans Examiner" to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies and events in the City of Portland.

  • Apply for Trade Permits Online Apply for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review.

  • Translated Documents The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access to the benefits of municipal programs and services for all Portland residents, regardless of their proficiency in English.

  • Land Use Notices, Hearings, Decisions and Pre-Application Conference View public notices, hearings, pre-application conferences and other public meetings.

  • Learn more about POPS The Portland Online Permitting (POPS) program will modernize our current permitting system into an online, enhanced customer service delivery system.

Our Mission Statement

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

News & Events View all »

  1. Aug 28

    Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

    BDS is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207.

  2. Aug 23

    Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations.

    A new proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

  3. Aug 19

    City Seeking Input on the City of Portland Erosion Manual and Sediment Control Manual

    BDS, together with BES, wants your input on the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual in preparation for an update to the manual.

  4. Aug 13

    Civil Disturbance Possible in Downtown Portland on August 17, 2019

    City officials are preparing for a large protest on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the downtown core of Portland. The protest is expected to remain in the downtown area, although activity may extend to adjacent areas, such as the Central Eastside. The timing of the event is not certain. A large police presence will be downtown to secure public safety.

  5. Aug 13

    Proposed Administrative Rule on Specifications for On-Site Notices (Signs) on Future Development Sites

    On May 8, 2019, City Council adopted amendments to Portland City Code Title 33 relating to the Neighborhood Contact Requirement for certain projects. The updated code goes into effect on December 2, 2019.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Oct 8

    Notice of New Portland Bureau of Transportation Administrative Rule TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions

    PBOT is seeking to adopt a new administrative rule. TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions clarifies under what conditions curb extensions will be required in relation to corner reconstruction.

  2. Oct 3

    Neighborhood Contact Process

    The purpose of the Neighborhood Contact requirement is to provide an informal sharing of information between the applicant of a development proposal and the people who live, work and pass by the site on a regular basis.

  3. Sep 3

    2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Building Code (OSSC) to be adopted Effective October 1, 2019

    The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

  4. Aug 19

    New Code Guide for Additional Dwelling Units within Townhouses

    Effective September 16, 2019: BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses.

  5. Jul 18

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

    Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and information, call 503-823-7300, TTY 503-823-6868, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, come to 1900 SW 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Portland, OR 97201, or email bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Hours of Operation

General Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Development Services Center Review Counters, including interagency partners (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

*Hours may vary per specific interagency partner, please click link for specific interagency desk hours

Development Services Center 1st and 2nd Screen Submittal Counters (1st floor)*

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:30 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

7:30 am — 12:00 pm

Permitting Services (2nd Floor)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am — 12:00 pm

Residential Permit Night:

Extended service hours for homeowners, tenants and their residential permits only (1 & 2 family dwellings)

1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month 5 — 7:30 p.m.