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Development Review and Permit Processes

Overview of the development and permit review processes. This page provides a general overview about building and development in Portland. Information on construction review and inspections.

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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. 

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 on 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 from Concept to Construction. If you have problems during the permitting process, you can can also Escalate a Problem with an Inspection, Permit or Plan Review.