General Information: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
December 21, 2016
Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268
Currently, the City’s permitting software program does not actively expire or void trade permits per State Code and instead shows them in “Issued” or “Under Inspection” status indefinitely. This creates confusion for customers, the public and City employees about the actual status of a trade permit. To address this issue, on 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, per the table below.
State and City code require that issued trade permits that have not had an approved inspection within 180 days be expired. Code also states that expired permits may be reactivated within 180 days of expiration. However, after 180 days in “Expired” status, permits must be voided. A voided permit may not be reactivated; and a new permit is required in order for the customer to complete the work and for the City to inspect the work.
To help transition the holders of inactive trade permits through this change, trade permits that have been inactive will be changed to “Expired” and “Void” status in three groups, older permits, more recent permits, and future permits, as follows:
|Inactive Permits in Issued or Under Inspection Status|
|Older Permits||More Recent Permits||New Permits|
|Date Range||Permits with expiration dates prior to July 1, 2014||Permits with expiration dates of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017||Permits with expiration dates beginning on February 1, 2017|
|Expired Status||Bypass expired status||Automatically expire on February 1, 2017||Automatically expire after 180 days of inactivity in issued or under inspection status|
|Void Status||Automatically void on February 1, 2017||Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status||Automatically void after 180 days of inactivity in expired status|
*As currently allowed, trade permits may be extended prior to their expiration once for up to 180 days, upon request by the customer.
Expiration date Prior to July 1, 2014:
Expiration date of July 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017:
Expiration date of February 1, 2017 and beyond:
Inspections may be requested through the IVR system by calling 503-823-7000.
Permit extensions or permit reactivations may be requested in writing which may done online:
If you have questions, please contact our Support Teams:
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