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Commissioners Ryan and Mapps and the Permit Improvement Task Force Announce the Permit Timeline Dashboard

The Permit Timeline Dashboard delivers on Commissioners Ryan’s and Mapps’ promise to increase transparency in citywide permitting, use data to guide permit improvement, set measurable goals, and stay accountable to Portlanders.

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City of Portland, ReBuilding Center partner to provide donated building materials to low-income property owners

“From Excess to Access” program offers construction materials to help property owners meet building codes.

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Environmental Services is moving forward with changes to ENB-4.28 regarding the bureau's financial assistance loan programs

Environmental Services proposes revisions to ENB-4.28 Administrative Rules for Financial Assistance Loan programs, including the income-qualified Safety Net program, to support required connections to the sanitary sewer system and work on private property. The public comment period is now closed.

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New historic resources zoning changes take effect March 1

The Historic Resources Code Project, recently adopted by the City Council, sets new rules for changes to buildings in certain historic areas. Learn more about how these changes may affect development projects.

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Permit applications submitted under the 2014 versions of Oregon Structural Specialty Code or Oregon Residential Specialty Code that have not achieved “Approved to Issue” status expire on Oct. 1, 2022, without further action

Permit applications that normally expire after 180 days of inactivity received automatic extensions due to the pandemic.

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Updates to residential roof ventilation submittal requirements

As part of a continued effort to provide timely building permit review, the Bureau of Development Services requests certain information be included as part of each residential permit application proposing new enclosed roof area(s).

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Updates to residential energy efficiency submittal requirements

In response to new energy efficiency requirements within the 2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), the Bureau of Development Services requests additional information as part of each residential permit application proposing new HVAC duct systems, air handling equipment or appliances.

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Follow these guidelines to submit a permit application under current zoning code before Feb. 28, 2022

Changes to the City of Portland's zoning code will go into effect on March 1, 2022. Learn more about how to submit a permit application if you wish to have the current zoning code apply to your project.

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City Council to discuss ongoing permitting improvement efforts at Jan. 25 work session

The City Council will receive updates from development review bureaus on efforts to improve permitting services and discuss proposed updates to city policies.

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Comments requested on proposed administrative rule for Private Rights-of-ways

The Bureau of Development Services seeks public comment on a proposed administrative rule governing private rights-of-ways (Streets, Alleys, Shared Courts, Common Greens and Pedestrian Connections).

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Public Hearing on Proposed Administrative Rule for Lien Reduction Review Process

The Bureau of Development Services seeks public comment on a proposed administrative rule for its Lien Reduction Review process for properties subject to potential enforcement action under the City's Property Maintenance code. A public hearing will be hosted on December 27, 2021.

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Give your views on improving erosion control during construction activity

The City of Portland is updating its erosion control requirements to better manage soils and sediments on construction sites and reduce development impacts on the environment. Your ideas and suggestions on an early draft are welcome.

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Now available! Development permits and land use reviews research tool

Research building permits and new development projects online. Get information about commercial permits, facility permits, land use reviews and residential permits now. Metro reports are now available in Portland Maps. Search, filter and sort data and quickly create customized permits reports.

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Empowered Neighborhood Program offers resources, creativity in addressing building code violations

Staff from across the Bureau of Development Services, working with other city bureaus and students from Portland Community College, come to the aid of a black disabled homeowner in addressing multiple concerns, saving money and reducing fines.

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City of Portland Design Review team’s efforts noted in DeMuro Award for Jim Fisher Volvo restoration

Award citation lists City as partner in helping restore iconic West Burnside building

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New State Building Codes

The State of Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD) released new editions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and the Oregon Plumbing Code. Any permits issued in 2018 must meet the new code requirements, which took effect on January 1, 2018.

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A letter from Rebecca Esau, Director of the Bureau of Development Services, regarding customer feedback on the City’s building permit services

Recently a survey was sent to 1088 customers who applied for building permits from January through June 2021, asking about their experiences and seeking ideas for improvement; 282 customers responded. Here is BDS Director Esau’s letter to survey recipients.

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No administrative appeals considered during week after Thanksgiving, Christmas 2021

There will not be a Weekly Administrative Appeals meeting during the weeks of November 29 and December 27, 2021.

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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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ePlans Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions by ePlans users.

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