The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.
The Bureau of Development Services offers early support meetings for the cannabis industry. If you would like to start a cannabis business and build, modify or use a portion or all of a building, there are zoning and building code requirements that you may need to meet before you can occupy it.
Participation in Development Services Early Assistance and Preliminary Life Safety Meetings can help identify significant issues and streamline the permitting process.
Early Assistance Meeting
The Early Assistance – Zoning and Infrastructure meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to the zoning code, as well as the infrastructure bureaus (Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Parks Bureau). When submitting the Early Assistance information and scheduling a meeting please be aware that staff will require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date. For additional information, read more about Early Assistance online.
For Early Assistance, application is to be submitted in person in the Development Services Center. The fees can be paid, and the meeting scheduled at that time.
Preliminary Life Safety Meeting
The Preliminary Life Safety Meeting will allow the applicant to meet staff and receive information related to life safety, mechanical and fire. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting. When submitting the Preliminary Life Safety information and scheduling a meeting please be aware that staff will require a minimum of 10 business days to review the materials prior to the meeting date.
For a Preliminary Life Safety Meeting please contact Gloria Harrison (503-823-3261) to schedule an appointment to submit the Life Safety Meeting Request materials. The fees can be paid, and the meeting scheduled at that time.
Life Safety meeting fees
Preliminary Life Safety meeting is $511. If requested, a structural engineer can also attend the meeting for an additional $152 fee.
- Early Assistance - Zoning-only meeting is $500.
- Early Assistance - Zoning and Infrastructure meeting without street vacation is $2,458.
Early Assistance application and Life Safety meeting packet
Get the early assistance application and the Life Safety preliminary meeting request packet online:
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Office of Community & Civic Life Program
It is important that applicants continue to work with the Office of Community and Civic Life in the cannabis registration and licensure program. Learn more about the cannabis program.