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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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Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Bureau of Development Services and all City Offices will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 for Thanksgiving.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
November 18, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Bureau of Development Services and all City Offices will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 for Thanksgiving. 

Access to Development Hub PDX for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

We appreciate your business and hope you enjoy the holiday!

 

ProjectDox Version Update Occurring Friday, November 8th

The Electronic Plan Review system (ProjectDox) will be unavailable starting at noon on November 8, 2019 for a version update. ProjectDox should be fully functional on Monday, November 11, 2019.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
November 4, 2019

ePlans Users: ProjectDox will be Unavailable at
Noon on November 8th for Version Update

The City of Portland’s vendor for ProjectDox ePlans, Avolve, has released a version update to the application for improved performance and bug fixes. The ProjectDox system will be temporarily unavailable starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 8th during the upgrade. Customers planning to upload plans to ProjectDox on November 8th must do so before noon. Similarly, City staff amidst review in ProjectDox will need to exit the application and save work on November 8th before noon. 

The ePlans Team will be in communication with the vendor to determine the timeline for testing the new version into production over the weekend. ProjectDox is anticipated to be fully functional on Monday, November 11.

Questions? Please contact Angie Tomlinson with the ePlans Team.  To learn more about ProjectDox and ePlans, click here.

  


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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Bicycle Parking Code Update & Proposed Fee Increase

The need for the LUS fee increase is from covering the cost of increased time to review building permit plans for the new bike parking regulations. The fee increase is proposed to take effect on March 1, 2020, when the bike parking regulations take effect.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
November 4, 2019

Bicycle Code Update & Proposed Fee Increase

As part of the Bicycle Parking Code Update ordinance to be heard by Portland City Council on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 for changes to Title 33 Bike Parking regulations, BDS will also be including a proposed 5% fee increase for LUS plan checks from $2.12 to $2.23 per $1,000 valuation. The need for the LUS fee increase is from covering the cost of increased time to review building permit plans for the new bike parking regulations. The fee increase is proposed to take effect on March 1, 2020, when the bike parking regulations take effect. BDS LUS has not increased the plan check fee since July 1, 2013.

For more information and to view the proposed changes to BDS fee schedules, please click here. For more information about the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project, please visit PBOT’s website.

  


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
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New Deadline on Building Code Appeal Applications

Effective Thursday, November 7, 2019 the deadline for submitting a building code appeal changes from Monday to Thursday. The City must be in receipt of a building code appeal application no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday for an appeal request to be reviewed by the board the following Wednesday.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
October 23, 2019

New Deadline on Building Code Appeal Applications

Effective Thursday, November 7, 2019 the deadline for submitting a building code appeal changes from Monday to Thursday. The City must be in receipt of a building code appeal application no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday for an appeal request to be reviewed by the board the following Wednesday.

Building code appeals are an administrative review led by the City’s Building Official and reviewed every Wednesday morning. The appeal board reviews requests to provide an alternative construction method to any of the following codes:

  1. Oregon Structural Specialty Code
  2. Oregon Residential Specialty Code
  3. Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code
  4. Oregon Electrical Specialty Code; and the
  5. Oregon Plumbing Code

The appeal process provides an opportunity for customers to submit development proposals that will meet the intent of the building code when compliance with the letter of the code is not feasible. Building code appeal meetings at this level are closed to the public. 

The current application deadline to request an appeal is 9 a.m. on the Monday immediately preceding a Wednesday review. The new Thursday deadline provides two additional business days for staff to review and comment on an appeal request and applicants to submit additional materials when needed. The proposed change will offset the impacts associated with the following issues:

  1. An overall increase in the number of building code appeal applications;
  2. Increased complexity in the types of appeals requested;
  3. Insufficient time for staff to review and submit comments on appeal requests;
  4. Insufficient information and/or incomplete appeal applications; and
  5. Insufficient time for applicants to submit additional materials to support an application when needed.

For more information, please visit the building code appeals website.

Questions and comments should be sent to appealss@portlandoregon.gov, or to Terry Whitehill at 503-823-7639.  


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
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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.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
October 8, 2019

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

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (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. The ‘exemptions’ section of the rule also clarifies that PBOT will not require permittees to build concrete curb extensions on a subset of city streets identified for near-term capital improvements intended to provide protected bicycle lanes (or any curb tight bicycle facility) or enhanced transit priority lanes. The full text of this rule can be found here. Please see the Updates to Transportation Administrative Rules webpage for more information.

A 30-day comment period will be held for this administrative rule change. Comments on the administrative rule may be submitted to pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov and will be reviewed by PBOT staff.

A public hearing will be held on from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in room 513 of the Sixth + Main building (1050 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204). Please see the above webpage for more information and any updates. This public hearing is by request only. PBOT will cancel the hearing if it receives no requests by October 31, 2019. A cancellation notice will be posted on the PBOT website and sent to this notification list should this occur. Requests may be sent to pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov.

Hard copies are available upon request

For questions, please contact us at pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov


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
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