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How to Get a Permit- Development Review and Permit Processes

This step-by-step guide explains how to get a permit in the City of Portland. Learn how to research a property, find out what you can do on a site, what you need to get a permit, when you can get a permit and how to book inspections online. Learn more about permits and how permitting works.
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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. 

Steps for getting a permit in the City of Portland 

Learn more about the steps for getting a permit:

You might also want to Research Information Needed for Your PermitFind Out What You Can Do on a SiteFind a Contractor, learn about Contractor License Requirements, find out Who Can Cancel a Permit?, read about Permitting and Other Bureaus or Report a ProblemYou can also Apply or Pay for a Building or Trade Permit online. 

The City of Portland also issues building permits for the City of Maywood Park. 

Learn more about the permitting process 

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. 

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. 


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