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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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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. Mar 16

  2. Mar 11

  3. Mar 5

  4. Jan 16

    BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

    The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for people interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

  5. Dec 11

    Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019

    This fall, Portland City Council appointed 27 Portlanders with diverse backgrounds and interests to a new work group on unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. On December 17, the URM Building Work Group will hold its first meeting, kicking off a new City initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings.

Service Updates View all »

  1. Mar 29

  2. Mar 27

    COVID-19 Response - Service Level Update


  3. Mar 27

    Residential Inspections Procedures: COVID-19 Response

    Residential Inspections is putting new business practices in place during the COVID-19 health emergency to protect the health of our inspection staff and customers.

  4. Mar 2

    Updated Pedestrian District Boundaries and Classifications Take Effect March 6, 2020

    The new pedestrian classifications include changes to Pedestrian District boundaries to align with all designated “Centers” and major Transit Station Areas, as defined by Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

  5. Feb 21

    BDS to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

    On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020.

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