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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

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The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. To learn more about our services, please explore the information below. 


About Us

BDS Mission, BDS Organizational Chart, Career Opportunities, BDS Operating Plan, BDS Budget & Financial Plan and etc.

Development Services Center

Find out the hours, location and services provided by the Development Services Center.

Portland Online Permitting System (POPS)

The City’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Bureau of Technology Services (BTS) are co-sponsors of the initiative to update the City's legacy permitting and case management software system.

Potential Tree Code Amendments (Spring and Summer 2020)

The City of Portland is seeking public input in developing proposals to strengthen tree preservation during development activities.

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Information

The Bureau of Development Services Structural Engineering Team is responsible for the implementation of the City and State Building Code regulations for the seismic evaluation and retrofitting of new and existing buildings.

Which Bureaus Are Involved in Permitting?

The Bureau of Development Services partners with other City bureaus throughout the development review process. These bureaus all have a role in permitting infrastructure and all have staff co-located in the Development Services Center.

Language Translation

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.

BDS Site Map

Comprehensive guide to our website