Bureau of Development Services fee changes, effective July 1, 2023

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Fees for various services of the Bureau of Development Services will change on July 1, 2023. Fees are set to cover the costs of providing services. Development Services faces increased costs for labor as well as for materials and services during the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

The Portland City Council approved the fee changes on May 31. Development Services also provides permitting and land use review services for properties located in some unincorporated areas of Multnomah County, and those fees were approved by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on June 15.

A summary of the fee changes is provided below:

ServiceFee increases, effective July 1, 2023
City of PortlandUnincorporated Multnomah County
  Building Permits5%5%
  Mechanical Permits5%5%
  Electrical Permits5%5%
  Plumbing Permits5%5%
  Field Issuance Remodel Program9%9%
  Facilities Permits5%5%
  Site Development Permits5%5%
  Environmental Soils5%5%
  Sign Permits5%5%
  Zoning EnforcementNo changeNo change
  Neighborhood Inspections5%5%
  Land Use Services5%5%
  Cannabis Licensing5%Not applicable
  Noise Review5%Not applicable

For the complete details of the proposed changes, please review the fee schedules listed below. These fees apply to all new applications for permits or other services received on or after July 1, 2023. Learn more about how to submit a permit application under fees in effect before July 1.

What about System Development Charges?

The fees listed below are different from System Development Charges (SDCs). SDCs are charged by bureaus that provide utilities and other public facilities such as the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Water Bureau, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks & Recreation.

If you have questions about whether particular SDCs may increase on July 1, 2023, please contact those bureaus directly. General contact information is provided below. For more detailed information, please visit the SDC information page.

Approved fee schedules for the City of Portland

Approved fee schedules for Unincorporated Multnomah County