Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

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

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View Less

BDS Service Updates


BDS Adopts Interim Demolition Administrative Rule

BDS has adopted an Interim Demolition Administrative Rule, effective February 10, 2020, that revises the inspection requirements for demolitions of structures used for residential purposes with four or fewer dwelling units and any detached accessory structures with a floor area over 200 square feet on the same site.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 24, 2020

BDS Adopts Interim Demolition Administrative Rule

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has adopted an Interim Demolition Administrative Ruleeffective February 10, 2020, that revises the inspection requirements for demolitions of structures used for residential purposes with four or fewer dwelling units and any detached accessory structures with a floor area more than 200 square feet on the same site. 

The Interim Rule requires the Demolition Manager or Lead-Based Paint Certified Person to meet with the inspector at the #200 inspection, in addition to the other requirements. The Rule also requires two #205 inspections that must be requested and scheduled through the City’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.  The first of these inspections now requires that the Demolition Manager or Lead-Based Paint Certified Person is on-site during the inspection and that the exterior painted surfaces have been removed. The second #205 inspection must be scheduled so that the inspector is on-site when mechanical demolition begins in order to verify the effectiveness of the dust suppression wetting system and the wind speed. The second #205 inspection may be conducted via a live-streaming inspection using live video streaming technology pre-approved by BDS. There are no changes to the #210 inspection.  

The Interim Rule will be effective for 180 days from February 10, 2020.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
  | 

Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 23, 2020

Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

QUESTION: When grouped together in a building, congregate living facilities can look like dwelling units. What is the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code?

2019 OSSC DEFINITIONS:

DWELLING UNIT. A single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES. A building or part thereof that contains sleeping units where residents share bathroom or kitchen facilities, or both.
SLEEPING UNIT. A single unit that provides rooms or spaces for one or more persons, includes permanent provisions for sleeping and can include provisions for living, eating and either sanitation or kitchen facilities but not both. Such rooms and spaces that are also part of a dwelling unit are not sleeping units.

RESPONSE: The places in which we reside are a higher fire safety risk than most other occupancies for many reasons. For example, the occupants are asleep approximately one third of every 24 hour period and unaware of developing fires. Also, within their own homes occupants often let fire hazards go unabated, so the hazards can accrue and go unnoticed. As a result, the building code requires fire and sound separations to compartmentalize the hazards and insulate occupants from each other.

2019 OSSC sections 420.2 and 1206 require fire and sound separation between dwelling units. Separations are also required between sleeping units when they are not part of a dwelling unit. Therefore, a congregate living facility would need to have fire and sound separations between the sleeping rooms, but bedrooms in a dwelling unit would not need to be separated from each other.

To capture the protections put in place for occupants, the City of Portland has determined that congregate living facilities are a collection of independently leased sleeping rooms for persons not of the same family group with shared cooking and/or bathroom facilities. By contrast, a dwelling unit is leased as a whole to one or more persons.

The building code does not provide a prescriptive definition (area limitation or maximum number of bedrooms) to distinguish a dwelling unit from congregate living. The building code requirements are based on how the unit will be used. Therefore, when a dwelling unit has more than 6 bedrooms, the City of Portland will review them as sleeping units.

The City of Portland may consider an administrative appeal that includes a memo from the owner or property management company that states the leasing arrangement. The memo must identify whether the individual bedrooms are being leased separately and independent of each other (congregate living facility), or if the entire space including all bedrooms are being leased under a single rental agreement (dwelling unit).

The occupant load of the dwelling unit or congregate living facility will be determined in accordance with OSSC Section 1004.5 using the occupant load factor of one occupant per 200 square feet of floor area. However, the occupant load is permitted to be designed for an increased number of occupants, provided that all other requirements of the code are met based on the modified number (1004.5.1).

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination.

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
  | 

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting and Inspections services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 a.m.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 13, 2020

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

Click here to view the full February 2020 schedule.

On February 10, 2020, the City of Portland will start using a new version of AMANDA, the software used to manage the permitting process. As we transition to upgraded AMANDA software, our services will be available according to the schedule below. Please note: Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting and Inspections services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10. 

To schedule an inspection to occur on Thursday, Feb. 6 or Friday, Feb. 7, please call and reserve that inspection slot before Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation!

The Development Services Center (1st floor of the 1900 Building) and Permitting Services (2nd floor counter) will be closed to the public every Thursday in February as we transition. Online services will still be available on all Thursdays in February other than Thursday, Feb. 6. 

Here's a look at the two-week span of our migration and Go-Live period:

To download a full calendar of February 2020 hours and availability, click here. 

To learn more about the AMANDA Migration and Portland Online Permitting System (POPS), click here.  

We appreciate your patience as our staff begins using upgraded software! 

About AMANDA 

The Bureau of Development Services is partnering with the Bureau of Technology Services and the City’s Interagency Partner Bureaus on the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) program. POPS is delivering five different projects that will help streamline the permitting process for City staff and customers with new web-based tools. Chief among these projects is the migration from the current TRACS permitting software to AMANDAthe most current version of the system available 

The current version of TRACS that we are using was implemented in 1999 and is no longer supported by our vendor. Upgrading to AMANDA, specifically version 7.4.4.3, will provide the City of Portland with flexibility and a modern interface that can be easily updated as new versions of the software become available. 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
  | 

City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 10, 2020

City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the resolution. Read the adopted resolution here. More information about the projects directed in the resolution is forthcoming.

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
  | 

Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 6, 2020

Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings
ORSC 202 Definition of Dwelling Unit

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the requirements for when an accessory kitchen can be built within a single-family dwelling unit. It also includes an example of the covenant that would be required as part of the approval of the additional kitchen.

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

RESPONSE: The Oregon Residential Specialty Code doesn’t limit the number of kitchens in a single-family dwelling. However, the 2017 ORSC defines a dwelling unit as, “A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.” (ORSC R202). BDS seeks to avoid illegal conversions of single-family dwellings into duplexes or multi-family structures. Such conversions create fire and life safety issues for the residents because the structures do not comply with the ORSC requirements for multiple dwelling units in a single structure or attached structures. In order to accomplish this goal, BDS will require a building permit to install a new kitchen within a single-family dwelling and will impose certain conditions outlined in this document. In order to install an additional kitchen:

  1. The accessory kitchen may be located in a portion of the building that would meet the definition of a dwelling unit only if that portion of the building is not and will not be separated from the rest of the building by walls or closing a door.
  2. The accessory kitchen may not be located in a detached structure with a bathroom.
  3. Any additional accessory kitchen installed in a single-family dwelling must comply with all of the same Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Code requirements as the main kitchen.
  4. The home owner must complete and record an “Additional Accessory Kitchen Covenant” prior to a building permit being issued. That Covenant is the property owner’s acknowledgement that the structure will remain a single-family dwelling and that the accessory kitchen will not become part of an additional dwelling unit without obtaining a building permit for the creation of the additional dwelling unit. A copy of the recorded Covenant must be provided to BDS as a condition of permit Issuance.

NOTE: This Building Official Determination may not be utilized for structures containing Accessory Dwelling Units, structures that are considered a duplex or multifamily structures per the ORSC.

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination which also includes the Covenant.

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
  |