Bureau of Development Services closed on Friday, June 18
The Bureau of Development Services will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. The Permit Center lobby at 1900 SW Fourth Ave. will be closed. You can still apply for most permits online 24/7 through Development Hub PDX.
Development Services is migrating to Portland.gov
You'll find pages on our new website and on our old website as we work on moving content to our new website. For Development Services information not yet migrated, visit our old website. BDS City employees may also visit the Employee Portal.
Development Services (BDS)
The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.
On March 3, the Portland City Council approved an emergency ordinance that temporarily makes it easier for businesses to install exterior lighting and security gates at entrances of buildings in design overlay zones. A second ordinance to further help businesses will come to City Council on June 16.
Changes to the City of Portland's zoning code will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2021. Learn more about how to submit a permit application if you wish to have the current zoning code apply to your project.
The February 2021 ice storm caused damage to many structures throughout Portland. Here is information on how the Bureau of Development Services can help expedite the permitting process for these repairs.