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Portland Permit Metric Dashboard updated

As part of the City of Portland’s permitting improvement efforts, a new online dashboard provides greater transparency into the development review process by illustrating numbers of permits and average timeframes in different phases of this process.

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New 2022 Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code editions took effect Oct. 1

Previous codes from 2019 will be phased out as of April 1, 2023. Please take note.

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Portland welcomes its new Building Official

The Bureau of Development Services announces the selection of Matt Rozzell as the City of Portland’s new Building Official, beginning Thursday, Dec. 22.

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Customer survey indicates improvements in many areas of City’s building permit system

The City of Portland released the results of a second survey, conducted online between July 26 and Aug. 9, to gauge the effectiveness of efforts to assist customers in preparing and submitting a building permit application.

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Improvements coming to solar permit application process in Development Hub PDX

Beginning the evening of Oct. 12, customers will experience a more streamlined process to enable faster processing of solar permit applications.

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No administrative appeals considered during week after Thanksgiving, Christmas 2022

There will not be a weekly Administrative Appeals Board meeting held during the weeks of November 28 and December 26, 2022.

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Planning a project? Do this first: Find your zoning using Portland Maps

Thinking about building an accessory dwelling unit? Got an exterior project in mind? It’s important to find out what zoning rules apply to your property. Even if your project does not require a building permit, you will still need to follow zoning requirements.

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Provide your ideas on final draft of rules to improve erosion control during construction activity

The City of Portland is updating its Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and is requesting public comment on the proposed final draft of the Manual.

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Oregon’s building officials honor two Portland building safety leaders

Terry Whitehill and Jeff Gauba are recognized by the Oregon Building Officials Association for their leadership and innovation in promoting safe structures.

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Environmental Services requests public comment on proposed changes to ENB-4.30 – Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Program

Environmental Services is proposing changes to ENB-4.30 – Bureau of Environmental Services Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Program Administrative Rules. The public can submit comments on the proposed revisions beginning August 16.

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Follow these guidelines to submit a permit application under the current fees before July 1, 2022

Fees for building permit applications will change on July 1, 2022. Follow these guidelines to submit a permit application under the current fees.

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Fee changes for the Bureau of Development Services, effective July 1, 2022

Learn more about the fee increases.

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Fees for building code appeals to increase July 1, 2022

To help cover the costs of intake, review and approval of building code appeals, and due to the increased complexity of processing appeals (building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and floating structures), the application fees for appeals were increased by the Portland City Council.

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Updates to commercial energy efficiency submittal requirements

In response to new energy efficiency requirements within the 2021 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code, the Bureau of Development Services requires additional information as part of each commercial building permit application for new construction or addition to conditioned space.

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Commissioner Hardesty approves new Pedestrian Design Guide, helping add more space for trees while preserving access for people with disabilities and other pedestrians

The first new rules for sidewalks in 24 years will help Portland fight climate change by forging a compromise that allows space for people and trees

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Information on commercial building permit application for 12350 NE Sandy Blvd.

There has been much interest expressed in a commercial building permit application for a proposed redevelopment of a former Kmart store at 12350 NE Sandy Blvd.

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Q&A with Portland Community College (PCC) Commercial Building Codes Students for Building Safety Month

"Building Safety Careers" is a key theme for the International Code Council (ICC) Building Safety Month in 2022. Joe Disciascio, Inspections Supervisor, met with students from the PCC Building Inspection Technology program to talk about being an inspector and working for the City of Portland.

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City of Portland, ReBuilding Center partner to provide donated building materials to low-income property owners

“From Excess to Access” program offers construction materials to help property owners meet building codes.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Interested in helping guide the permitting process in Portland? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of two positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, May 1.

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New historic resources zoning changes take effect March 1

The Historic Resources Code Project, recently adopted by the City Council, sets new rules for changes to buildings in certain historic areas. Learn more about how these changes may affect development projects.

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