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Proposed fee changes for the Bureau of Development Services, effective Dec. 1, 2020

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The Bureau of Development Services is proposing fee increases across most of its services, effective Dec. 1, 2020. These fee increases are subject to review and approval by the Portland City Council.

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Fees are set to cover the costs of services. The Bureau of Development Services faces increased costs of services during the current fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2021. The increased costs are primarily the result of two factors:

  1. Increased rent costs imposed on tenants of city-owned buildings, including the 1900 Building (1900 SW Fourth Ave.) where BDS is headquartered, and BDS’s leased space in the Jacobs Center (2020 SW Fourth Ave.)
  2. Increased personnel costs

Most fees are being increased by 5 percent, but some fees are proposed to increase by more where the cost of providing services is significantly above the current fee level. No fee change is proposed for the zoning enforcement program.

The proposed fee increases are:
 

Service

Proposed Fee Increase, Effective Dec. 1, 2020

  Building/Mechanical

5.5%

  Electrical

6.3%

  Plumbing

5.0%

  Field Issuance Remodel

19.9%

  Facilities Permits

5.0%

  Site Development

8.8%

  Environmental Soils

5.0%

  Signs

15.0%

  Zoning Enforcement

No change

  Neighborhood Inspections

7.2%

  Land Use Services

7.8%

What comes next

The Portland City Council will consider the proposed fee increases in a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the fee increases on Wednesday, Oct. 28. If the fee increases are approved by City Council as proposed, they will apply to all new permit applications received on or after Dec. 1, 2020.

More detailed information on the proposed fee schedule can be found here.