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

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The Bureau of Development Services is proposing changes to fees for its various services. 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, 2023.

These proposed fee changes are subject to review and approval by the Portland City Council. Development Services also provides permitting and land use review services for properties located in some unincorporated areas of Multnomah County, and those fees are subject to review and approval by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.

A summary of the proposed fee changes is provided below:

ServiceProposed fee 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.

What comes next

The Portland City Council will consider the proposed fee increases in a public hearing on Wednesday, May 24. You may provide testimony at this hearing or in writing. The City Council will vote on whether to approve the fee increases at a later hearing.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider and vote on the proposed fee increases for properties in unincorporated areas on Thursday, June 15. Please consult the Multnomah County Board Clerk’s website for information on how to provide testimony.

If the fee increases are approved as proposed, they will apply to all new applications for permits or other services received on or after July 1, 2023.

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.

Proposed fee schedules for the City of Portland

Proposed fee schedules for Unincorporated Multnomah County


Ken Ray

Public Information Officer, Development Services