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Development Review and Permit Processes

Homeowners and first-time visitors get information about building and development in Portland. Read about construction review and inspections. Learn more about what you need for a permit, zoning regulations and where to find a contractor. Find out how to cancel a permit or report a problem.
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Development Services oversees the City's development review process. Building and development in the City of Portland involves different review groups. Our team makes sure your construction project complies with city and state codes. These reviews are for safety, sustainability and livability. 

New permit application- tips for how to start a project 

Knowing the process can help the success of your project. Research and planning are essential to getting your project through the process. These webpages have tips for how to start a project:

Every project is unique and will have different requirements. It is important to have a complete materials that meet our submittal guidelines. The timeline for getting a permit depends on the size and complexity of the project. Avoid delays by providing the correct information for your project.

We are here to help you, from concept to construction. You may also want to read about residential building permits and commercial new construction permits to learn more about what you need for a complete application. And, learn more about the permit review process

Still need help? Schedule a 15-minute appointment 

If you have questions after reviewing the information on this page, we recommend you book a free 15-minute appointment with us. 

This is an optional step. We're here for you if you have questions about the information and materials you need to apply.