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Have a passion for promoting safety in floating buildings? Consider joining the River Community Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons who wish to apply to serve a three-year term on the River Community Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through July 21, 2024.

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Interim noise control rule on construction activities due to heat

Effective May 15, 2024, construction activities may begin at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday without a noise variance when the temperature predicted by the National Weather Service is expected to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit by 3 p.m.

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Bureau of Development Services proposes fee changes, effective July 1, 2024

Learn more about the proposed fee changes and how you can share your views.

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City of Portland seeks experienced electricians passionate about safety to serve on appeals board

The City of Portland seeks four qualified people to serve on the Electrical Code Board of Appeal. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Sunday, June 2.

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New pre-approved ADU plans now available

Development Services is pleased to offer plans for detached ADUs that meet certain building code requirements. They also support the City’s housing goals and the bureau’s equity goals. Homeowners considering building a detached ADU can use these free plans and save time in the permitting process.

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Statement on Bureau of Development Services letter regarding warehouse development at 12350 NE Sandy

The Bureau of Development Services recently sent a letter recommending a temporary halt to construction activity while an appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals is pending.

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Exciting updates rolled out to application process for New Single-Family Residences and Detached ADUs

The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services is excited to announce significant improvements to its application process for New Single-Family Residences (NSFR) and New Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) permits, rolled out on Thursday, April 25.

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Deadline extended: City of Portland seeks experienced plumbers passionate about safety to serve on appeals board

The City of Portland seeks three people to each serve a three-year term on the Plumbing Code Board of Appeal. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Sunday, May 19.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Lien Reduction Review Administrative Rule

The purpose of the Lien Reduction Review Administrative Rule is to provide guidance for processing requests to reduce existing liens on properties, resulting from an enforcement action taken pursuant to Portland City Code Section 3.30.040 and Chapter 29.70.

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Follow these requirements to submit a permit application under fees in effect before July 1, 2024

Fees for permits are proposed to change. Follow these guidelines to submit a permit application under the current fees.

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City of Portland recognizes International Noise Awareness Day

As the world comes together to observe International Noise Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 24, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services and Noise Program join the global community in raising awareness about the impact of noise pollution on public health and well-being.

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New online application system now available for accessory short-term rental (ASTR) permits

Applicants for new and renewing Type A ASTR permits are encouraged to use Civic Portal to submit information and achieve faster decisions on their permit applications.

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Commissioner Carmen Rubio Appoints Donnie Oliveira as Interim Deputy City Administrator for Community and Economic Development

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Deputy Director Eric Engstrom will fill the Interim Director role for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability during this transition

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Development Services resumes collection of intake fees on small project permits

The COVID-era practice of delaying payment of intake fees until the issuance of a permit is ending.

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Environmental Services requests public comment on proposed changes to administrative rules for user, development, and connection charges

Environmental Services is proposing changes to multiple administrative rules related to user, development, and connection charges. The public comment period was open from April 1 to May 1, 2024.

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Are you interested in advising the City of Portland’s permitting processes? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee.

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of three positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Thursday, April 25.

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Design, Historic Landmarks commissions highlight exceptional projects and successes in annual reports

Innovative designs and notable achievements in historic preservation were highlighted in State of the City presentations to the City Council on March 13.

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Learn more about recent policy changes to promote new housing

With the recent adoption of the Housing Regulatory Relief and Inclusionary Housing Calibration projects, changes were made to the City of Portland’s Zoning Code and MULTE code to support the construction of needed housing units. These changes may affect development projects currently underway.

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Seeking experienced engineers to advise on structural issues

The City of Portland seeks interested and experienced structural engineers to serve in one of three positions, each for a three-year term, on the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Thursday, April 25.

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Changes to the City’s Floodplain Development Code took effect March 1

Learn more about these updates to comply with federal requirements and maintain available discounts on flood insurance rates.

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