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BDS Service Updates


"Interim Review" Process Name Change to "Single PDF"

BDS will now refer to the applicant upload process as “Single PDF” instead of “Interim Review.”

BDS Fee Change Update

Prior to the spread of COVID-19, BDS had intended to propose fee changes taking effect July 1, 2020. However, due to COVID-19 and its impact on the local economy, BDS has decided not to pursue fee changes at this time.

Building Code Appeals

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

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.

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.

(Updated) BDS Adopts Interim Residential 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.

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.

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.

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.

Development Services Center and Permitting Services will be CLOSED all day on Thursdays until March 2020

Why this change in our schedule? The Bureau of Development Services and our other agency partners are upgrading the software used to manage the review, permitting, and inspection processes of building and development projects.

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.

Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension

RPN is being temporarily suspended due to the implementation of our new web-based plan review software that is placing additional demands on our staff.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neighborhood Contact Process

The purpose of the Neighborhood Contact requirement is to provide an informal sharing of information between the applicant of a development proposal and the people who live, work and pass by the site on a regular basis.

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.

New Code Guide for Additional Dwelling Units within Townhouses

Effective September 16, 2019: BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses.

Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants

News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants Effective immediately, there are changes to the process for Property Line Adjustments (PLAs) for new applications or submitted applications that have not already received a checksheet.

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.

Try Development Hub PDX Now!

Our new online permitting tool, Development Hub PDX, is now available to customers! DevHub will fully replace Permits Online as of August 1st.

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.

New Program from BDS: Remote Video Re-inspections (RVR)

The Remote Inspection Program provides an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections.

New Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Program Webpage

Are you a contractor who performs routine alterations and additions on one-or-two family dwellings or accessory structures or construction of new detached accessory structures? Are you a homeowner look for a contractor for your home remodeling project? The Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) might be right for you!

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.

Property Compliance Division: Temporary Suspension of Fee-Paid, Residential Fire Inspections

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Property Compliance Division is temporarily suspending residential, fee-paid, fire damage inspections to identify necessary repairs, and specify required building permits. BDS is suspending this service pending a safety review of these inspections.

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.

Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.

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.

Winter Holiday Closure Schedule

In order to better manage customer requests, BDS will have additional closures that coincide with official City holidays during the winter 2018/19 season.

Delayed Opening on Dec. 11, 2018

9 a.m. opening due to our Annual Bureau-wide Employee Gathering & Appreciation event

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.

Daily List of Pre-Issuance Permit Applications is Now Available Online

Are you wondering if your project has made it to the last stage of the permit review process so that you can pay fees, have the permit issued, and begin construction? Now, instead of calling us or visiting the DSC, you can access the list of pre-issuance processing order online.

Development Services Center will be closed the evening of July 5, 2018

The Development Services Center (DSC) is suspending Residential Permit Night on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to staffing issues from the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

Changes Coming to the DSC on May 14 to Reduce Wait Times

Starting May 14, 2018, BDS staff will be piloting a change to help reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC)

Do you have any signs? Changes to Zoning Code and Sign Code may impact you

Changes to the Zoning Code (Title 33) Sign Code (Title 32) to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018. These changes may have important ramifications for you if there are signs on your property or place of business.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Update on SDCs for Residential Additions

Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.

Important deadline for tax credits on Solar energy systems purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2017

The Oregon Department of Energy provides residential homeowners with up to a $6,000 tax credit for their 2017 taxes (with credit taken over four years) for the installation of solar energy systems. In order to qualify for this tax credit, individual projects need to have installation completed and final permits issued by the City of Portland by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Only homeowners who purchased solar systems by Dec. 31, 2017, are eligible for the tax credits.

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