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Proposed fee changes for the Bureau of Development Services, effective July 1, 2021

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The Bureau of Development Services is proposing fee increases across most of its services, effective July 1, 2021.
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These fee increases are subject to review and approval by the Portland City Council. The Bureau of Development Services also provides permitting and land use review services for properties located in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County, and those fees are subject to review and approval by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.

Fees are set to cover the costs of services. The Bureau of Development Services faces increased costs of services during the coming fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2021.

Fees for most programs are proposed to increase around five percent to bring fees in line with the cost of providing services. Some fees are proposed to be raised by higher amounts in circumstances where the cost of providing services is significantly higher than the fee amount or where necessary to ensure continuity of services.

The proposed fee increases are:

ServiceProposed Fee Increase, Effective July 1, 2021
City of PortlandUnincorporated Multnomah County
Building5%5%
Mechanical5%5%
Electrical5%5%
Plumbing5%5%
Field Issuance Remodel5%5%
Facilities Permits5%5%
Site Development5%5%
Environmental Soils4.5%4.5%
Signs5%5%
Zoning Enforcement0%0%
Neighborhood Inspections5%5%
Land Use Services5%5%

What comes next

The Portland City Council will consider the proposed fee increases in a public hearing on Wednesday, May 12. The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the fee increases on Wednesday, May 19.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider and vote on the proposed fee increases on Thursday, June 17.

If the fee increases are approved as proposed, they will apply to all new permit applications received on or after July 1, 2021.

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

What about System Development Charges?

Bureau of Development Services fees are different than SDCs (System Development Charges).  City bureaus charging SDCs include PBOT, the Portland Water Bureau, BES, and Portland Parks & Recreation. If you have questions about if SDCs are increasing on July 1, 2021, please contact those bureaus directly.  General contact information is below. For more detailed information on SDCs please visit the SDC information page.

PBOT: PBOTFrontDesk@portlandoregon.gov
Water Bureau:
PWBCustomerService@portlandoregon.gov
BES: BESDevelopmentReview@portlandoregon.gov
Parks SDCs: parks.sdc@portlandoregon.gov
Housing Bureau: phbinfo@portlandoregon.gov