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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Is a Land Use Review Required?

Depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed, a project may or may not require a land use review.

Land use reviews are required when the zoning code "triggers" a review for a specific use or development project. Regulations directing a proposal to a land use review can be found in the base zones, overlay zones, plan districts, and other sections of the zoning code, as well as within conditions of approval from past land use approvals at the site. Most review "triggers" are located in the zoning code chapter addressing a particular topic.

For assistance in determining whether or not your project requires a land use review, please visit Planning and Zoning Staff in the Development Services Center, or call the Zoning Information Hotline at (503) 823-7526. You may also review information on specific land use review types.

If you have checked the applicable zoning code requirements (e.g., base zone, overlay zone, plan district) and if your proposal can meet all of the applicable use and development standards, then you may not need a land use review. If you don’t need a land use review and your proposal meets all standards, then you can submit your permit plans.