Bureau of Development Services proposes fee changes, effective July 1, 2024

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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. Ninety-seven percent of the bureau’s revenues are derived from fees for its services.

Development Services faces increased costs for labor as well as for materials and services during the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2024. Most fees are proposed to increase by eight percent. Fees for a few programs, such as Field Issuance Remodel and Accessory Short-term Rentals, are proposed to increase by greater than eight percent.

These proposed fee increases are intended to recover current and past inflationary cost increases and help maintain service delivery. Changes in these fees 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.

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 15. You may provide testimony at this hearing. The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the fee increases on Wednesday, May 22.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will likely consider and vote on the proposed fee increases for properties in unincorporated areas in June, the date of which is not yet determined. This story will be updated once a public hearing is scheduled. 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, 2024.
 

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, 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

Contact

Ken Ray

Public Information Officer, Development Services