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Deadline extended: Have a passion for enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage? Consider joining the Historic Landmarks Commission

The City of Portland is seeking applications for a public-at-large member to serve a four-year term on the Historic Landmarks Commission. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Have a passion for architecture, development and public spaces? Consider joining the Portland Design Commission

The City of Portland is seeking applications for an interested person to serve a four-year term on the Portland Design Commission. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Fee changes for the Bureau of Development Services, effective July 1, 2022

Learn more about the fee increases.

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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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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Interested in helping guide the permitting process in Portland? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of two positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, May 1.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Have a passion for enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage? Consider joining the Historic Landmarks Commission

The City of Portland is seeking applications to serve a four-year term on the Historic Landmarks Commission. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Sunday, May 1.

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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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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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Deadline extended: Help guide development review in Portland; apply by Oct. 29

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of four positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Friday, Oct. 29.

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Have a passion for floating structures? Consider applying for the City of Portland’s River Community Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of three positions, each for a three-year term, on the River Community Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 10.

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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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City Council approves measures to assist businesses in recovery from the pandemic

Businesses, entrepreneurs, and providers of affordable housing and services can take advantage of temporary suspensions of some zoning requirements to assist in improvements to their facilities and enable faster economic recovery.

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Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Update

Sewer Connections: Permits Required for Sewer Connection and Repair

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Code amendments regarding the life of building and other permits effective May 7, 2021

City Council adopted City Code amendments relating to permit extensions, abandonment, expiration, reactivations and voiding. The amendments apply to building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and sign permits, as well as amendments specific to wireless facility permits.

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15- Minute Appointments Replaced Time-Certain Appointments

This service provides an option for Development Services customers who want to obtain information about development. Interested customers can book a 15-minute appointment with a Development Services employee.

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Members of the public needed to enhance Portland’s cultural and historic legacies; apply by April 15

The City of Portland is seeking applications for an at-large member of the public to serve a four-year term on the Historic Landmarks Commission. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 15.

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New applicants sought for Development Review Advisory Committee; deadline is Feb. 26

The City of Portland, through the Bureau of Development Services, is seeking interested persons to serve in one of seven positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 26.

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Updated Policies on Permit Extensions, Abandonment and Expiration, and Reactivation Requests and New Online Requests

The program guide for policies on when permits may be extended, when they are abandoned or expire, and when they may be reactivated after expiration has been updated.

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