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The following information on the Major Residential Alteration and Addition (Portland City Code Section 24.55.210) permit outlines what a Major Residential Alteration and Addition permit is and what notification and delay requirements apply. There is also information on definitions and links to the Major Residential Alteration and Addition Notification Form that must be submitted prior to permit issuance.
What is a Major Residential Alteration or Addition?
Major residential addition means adding more than 500 square feet of new interior space and expanding the structure’s footprint or envelope.
Major residential alteration means removing 50% or more of the exterior wall above the foundation.
Where Do the Notification and Delay Regulations Apply?
The Major Residential Alteration and Addition delay applies to sites with residential structures in areas with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.
The regulations only apply to applications for major alterations and additions of residential structures. They do not apply to accessory structures such as garages or other outbuildings.
The building permit for a major residential alteration or addition will not be issued until 35 days have passed from the time that the required notice has been sent by the property owner/owner’s representative as described below. The owner/owner’s representative may complete this notice prior to applying for a building permit in an effort to coordinate the permit issuance with expiration of the required 35-day delay period. All notification requirements must be met for the 35-day delay timeline to commence.
Dust Suppression Requirements
If heavy machinery is used in a major alteration project, then the dust suppression measures described in Portland City Code Section 25.55.205(C)(3) must be implemented during the mechanical demolition activities as that term is defined in Portland City Code Section 24.55.150(H). The dust suppression provisions do not apply to accessory structures such as garages or other outbuildings.
If a residential project falls within the criteria above, notice is required to be sent by the property owner applying for the permit or the owner’s representative as follows:
BDS has created a Major Alteration and Addition Neighborhood Notice Certification form to comply with these requirements.
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