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From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Building Code Appeals

We want you to be aware of the building (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and floating structures) code appeal process.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
April 1, 2020

Building Code Appeals

The Bureau of Development Services is committed to protecting public health and is rapidly changing the ways we deliver services in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 while also supporting the economy and people’s livelihoods.

We want you to be aware of the following related to the building (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and floating structures) code appeal process:

Currently, the appeal process is continuing as scheduled; the appeal deadlines (9 a.m. Thursday for both hardcopy and online submittals) still apply. Please submit your appeal using the online submittal system if at all possible, using this link.

If you are requesting a payment slip, payment information and the link to the online payment system will be emailed to you as soon as possible. Please wait until payment information (the IVR number and amount of the fee) is emailed to you to pay the fee.

Please note: There may be a delay in processing appeals submitted via hardcopy and processing payments made via check. Please submit your appeal using the online link and pay the fee online, if at all possible.

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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.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 27, 2020

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Residential Inspections Procedures

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

  • We are limiting daily scheduled inspections to accommodate staff shortages.
  • We are temporarily postponing non-critical inspections that require entry into occupied homes in an effort to protect our staff and customers.
  • If there is anyone exhibiting signs of illness at the inspection site, we ask that customers wait to schedule their inspection until at least 72 hours after symptoms have passed.

 

Inspections will be performed as scheduled on:

  • New construction (structure must be vacated of personnel during Inspection)
  • Remodels/additions where access into the occupied structure is not required (structure must be vacated of personnel during Inspection)
  • Inspections in occupied homes where the customer is able to provide inspection access using FaceTime or Skype

If you previously had an inspection and need reinspections, please use our Remote Video Reinspection program for quick results to prevent project delays.

 


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
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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.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
March 2, 2020

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

On February 5, City Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Transportation System Plan to incorporate new pedestrian classifications. 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.

What changed?

Pedestrian Districts.

  • In some cases, the boundaries of existing Pedestrian Districts have expanded,
  • Some Pedestrian Districts are new, and
  • Some former Pedestrian Districts have been removed because they are no longer classified as Pedestrian Districts.

Pedestrian classifications. Some streets may have a pedestrian classification that is higher or lower than it was before.

How might this impact sidewalk design/ frontage improvement requirements?

The Portland Pedestrian Design Guide uses pedestrian classifications to determine the sidewalk design/ frontage improvement requirements associated with private development. Applications for building or development permits or land use reviews submitted on or after March 6, 2020 must meet frontage improvement requirements associated with new pedestrian classifications, per the existing Pedestrian Design Guide.

How do I check the new Pedestrian District boundaries and new pedestrian classifications?

Scrollable maps of new pedestrian classifications are available here.

What should I expect in Development Review?

During the interim period on or after March 6, 2020 when new pedestrian classifications take effect, and before adoption of an updated Pedestrian Design Guide (anticipated 2021), PBOT Development Review will apply the 1998 Pedestrian Design Guide to new 2020 pedestrian classifications as follows:

2020 Classifications (New) 1998 Pedestrian Design Guide Requirements to Apply (Interim)
Pedestrian District Pedestrian District
Major City Walkway City Walkway
City Walkway City Walkway
Neighborhood Walkway Local Service Walkway
Local Service Walkway Local Service Walkway

What additional sidewalk design/ frontage requirements may come in 2021?

Future updates to the Pedestrian Design Guide may include, but are not limited to, updates to sidewalk design criteria for various pedestrian facilities, including requirements for minimum sidewalk widths, placement of street trees and sidewalk furnishings, and street corner design at crossings.

Questions?

Michelle Marx, PBOT Pedestrian Coordinator
Michelle.Marx@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-4589

 


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
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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.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
February 21, 2020

Updated: Implementation of 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. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot (result of a subdivision or partition), unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

At this time, Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) has not been amended to conform to the requirements of the new state law. Starting Monday, March 2, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law. In addition to the allowances for primary structures in Title 33, development of a primary structure will be allowed as described below. If any of the Title 33 allowances for primary structures in residential zones or plan districts preclude a primary structure based on the characteristics of the site or ownership, the allowances described below prevail. If the lot is precluded under both Title 33 allowances and the allowances described below, a primary structure is not allowed.

Requirements for a Primary Structure on Platted Lots

A primary structure is allowed on a lot that is fully intact as originally platted, except as reduced in size due to right-of-way dedication or condemnation; on an adjusted lot that is larger than the originally platted lot; or a combination thereof, that meets the following:

  1. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in an environmental protection or environmental conservation overlay zone;
  2. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in the special flood hazard area; and
  3. The lot, adjusted lot or combination has an average slope of less than 25 percent.

Note: Title 33 definitions (33.910) and measurements (33.930) apply.

How to Apply

Lot Confirmation: To confirm that a lot is eligible for a primary structure, submit a Lot Confirmation application. Deed information showing the lot meets Title 33 definitions is required for any lot that is not fully intact as platted. More information is on the application form.

Building Permit: Eligibility of existing tax lots for a primary structure can be determined through a building permit review

Questions?


 


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
February 6, 2020

Bureau of Development Services 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. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot, unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is in the process of developing amendments to Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) that, if approved by the City Council, will amend the zoning code to conform to the requirements of the new state law. However, the proposed amendments to the zoning code are not expected to be adopted by the required implementation date. Therefore, during the interim period between Monday, March 2, and the effective date of new City code, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law.

Further guidance on how the state law will be implemented during this interim period will be provided prior to March 2. Questions about this process should be directed to Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6979 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov.

Review the state law here.


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Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
February 21, 2020

Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules
Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

There was no request for a hearing on this proposed administrative rule. Therefore, the hearing scheduled for February 26, 2020 has been cancelled. However, written comments may be submitted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Submit comments to Emily Sandy at Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov.

 


 

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
February 3, 2020

Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules
Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) request comments from the public on proposed new administrative rules to be jointly adopted and administered by BDS and BES. The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement. If a property owner has a recorded legal easement for their private sewer to cross their neighbor’s property and the easement meets the requirements specified in the proposed rules, the City will not issue the neighbor a plumbing permit to cap the other property owner’s sewer line. The proposed rules primarily memorialize, and thereby improve transparency of, existing policies and practices.

The proposed rules and a fact sheet about the rule-making are available below. BDS and BES will accept public comment on this proposal from 8:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020. BDS and BES will hold a joint public hearing by request only from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Conference Room 4(a) (4th Floor) of the Development Services Center, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201. BDS and BES will cancel the tentative hearing if they receive no hearing request by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, and will post a cancellation notice on this page.

Please send comments, concerns, questions, or requests for a hearing to Emily Sandy at emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov. You may also call 503-823-7828 for more information.

Proposed Rules & Fact Sheet

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 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
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