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BDS Service Updates


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.

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.

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.

Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings

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

City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property.

Deconstruction Ordinance Expansion

Portland’s existing deconstruction ordinance is expanding. Effective on and after January 20, 2020 permit applications for demolition of a house or duplex built in 1940 or earlier will be required to deconstruct using a Certified Deconstruction Contractor.

New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

Updated: City Council is Considering Extension of the Sunset Date for Certain Regulations for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

On Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mayor Wheeler proposed an amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations adopted in 2016 to December 31, 2024.

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.

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.

All Permits Must Meet Requirements of Adopted 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Starting January 1, 2020

The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

Electronic Plan Review Available for All Process Managed Permits

The Bureau of Development Services has rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019.

Inspections Scheduling System Updated to Include Details on Erosion Control Inspection Requirements

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is updating the interactive voice response (IVR) Inspection Request system message to include important details on Erosion Control Inspections (IVR Inspection #200), effective today.

Deadline to Finalize ADU Permits Submitted for Review Prior to July 31, 2018 is June 30, 2020

To encourage development and increase housing stock, the Portland City Council began waiving SDC fees assessed to ADU permits in 2010. Last year, City Council revised the SDC waiver and reaffirmed a June 30, 2020 deadline for previously approved ADUs to complete construction.

Revisions to Program Guide on Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations

The Bureau of Development Services made updates to the Program Guide on Permit Extensions, Abandonment, Expiration and Reactivations in November 2018. After having used the guide for a few months, staff and customers have identified several opportunities for clarification.

2019 Residential Permit Night Schedule

Working on a home improvement project? Building a new residence? Can’t make it to the Development Services Center during regular business hours? In 2019, the Bureau of Development Services is offering Residential Permit Night on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.

Unreinforced Masonry Building Ordinance 189201 Requirements

To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. The ordinance was passed on October 10, 2018.

Updated Policies on Permit Extensions, Abandonment and Expiration, and Reactivation Requests and New Online Requests

The program guide for policies on when permits may be extended, when they are abandoned or expire, and when they may be reactivated after expiration has been updated.

Coming Soon: A More Efficient Plan Review Process

Over the next year, the City is phasing in a new more efficient plan review process for all types of building permits. This new process will establish dedicated windows of uninterrupted time for City staff to perform plan review.

Updates to Sign Submittal Requirements

In an effort to improve our customer service interactions, ensure successful sign submittals and reduce review times, the following information is being provided to assist our customers.

Policy for Extensions on Residential Demolition Permits

The following BDS policy is effective October 18, 2018. It outlines the BDS policy for granting extensions on residential demolition permits.

City to allow RVs, tiny homes on wheels on private property with conditions

Commissioner Eudaly said, "Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades..."

Urban Forestry: Fee Schedule Corrections

Effective November 1, 2017

Reduced Inspection Services Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

Inspection scheduling will be affected September 25 through September 29 as our inspection staff will be attending mandatory continuing education training.

Tenant Improvement Permits: Timing of Core/Shell and TI Permits

BDS has determined that TI permits may also be issued when a core/shell permit meets Substantial Completion Guidelines.

Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County.

New Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

Starting in June, the Bureau of Development (BDS) will offer reserved weekly meetings specific to the permitting needs of the cannabis industry. Two different tiers of meetings will be offered, depending on the type of cannabis business being proposed. These meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Batch Permit Submittal and Review Process

Effective May 1, 2017 - Projects with three or more detached dwelling units (designed to the residential code) on a single lot, or three or more dwelling units that are attached to one another, are submitted through the Batch Submittal and Review Process.

Residential Permit Night Returns to the City’s Development Services Center

Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects.

Beginning March 31, 2017 Violations of City Short Term Rental Requirements will be Issued Citations

The adopted Administrative Rule provides BDS the authority to issue citations for violations of the Portland Zoning Code ASTR regulations.

Updated with Potential Service Impacts: Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017.

Expiration and Voiding of Inactive Trade Permits (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)

Beginning February 1, 2017, the City’s permitting software program will begin to expire and void trade permits that are inactive in accordance with state and local codes.

BDS Inspection Delays Due to Inclement Weather

On days when most roads are covered in snow and ice, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) postpones inspections in the interest of the safety of employees.

IVR Credit Card Payment Option Reactivated

Effective December 20, 2016, customers will again be able to pay for additional inspections with a credit card via the City’s IVR system.

Deconstruction Requirements Effective October 31, 2016

The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. Demolition permit applications deemed complete prior to October 31st are not subject to this new requirement.

Permit Submittals that include Copyright Notices

In an effort to partner with the design community and adhere to copyright laws, BDS will no longer accept these plans unless the plans reflect all requirements noted on them, including red stamps where indicated.

UPDATED September 12, 2016: Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) Buildings and Demolition Delay Policy Effective September 1, 2016

After further review the Bureau of Development Services has determined that the 120 day delay period in ORS 197.722 applies to all permit types, not only demolition permits.

Current BDS Service Levels

Growth in the construction industry has outpaced the City’s ability to keep up with related workload and meet many of its goals for timely service delivery.

Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Nonstructural Components and Designated Seismic Systems Effective July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers.

Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

Changes to Residential Combination Building Permit Applications

Residential Combination Building Permit Applications Requiring Sub-contractor Information at Time of Application or Trade Permits Must Be Applied for Separately