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Audit Update: Momentous move by Council to consolidate permitting as City reforms continue

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2021 report, Building Permit Audit: Long-standing inability to meet customers’ needs won’t improve without better management, sustained governance.

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Rebecca Esau announces retirement

After six and a half years as director of the Bureau of Development Services, and nearly 30 years of service to the City of Portland, Esau leaves in December with a record of accomplishment.

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Have questions about residential infill options? Schedule an early assistance appointment

A new early assistance option offered by the Bureau of Development Services is available to describe residential infill options for single-dwelling and multi-dwelling zones.

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New measures provide faster inspections to address erosion and sediment issues on construction sites

Changes are coming to reduce erosion control inspection wait times, and deliver timely enforcement, to ensure soils and sediment remain on-site.

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Are you a public works permit customer interested in advising 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 position for a three-year term on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, Oct. 15.

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Additional sinks now allowed in detached structures

The Bureau of Development Services rescinded its Additional Sink Covenant Code Guide and its policy of requiring covenants for additional sinks in detached structures as part of planning and zoning review.

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Resources are available to help set up child care businesses in Portland

Navigating all of the requirements to establish a child care business can be daunting. The City of Portland provides information to understand the building permit and land use review processes involved.

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Portland City Council unanimously commits to consolidate city permitting

The Council seeks the creation of “a consolidated single permitting entity… with clear authority, responsibility and accountability.”

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Plan to protect Portland’s residents, properties, wildlife, and floodplains heads to City Council

Portlanders invited to testify on the Floodplain Resilience Plan Recommended Draft and proposed amendments to City Council virtually or in-person at a public hearing on August 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. or in writing via the Map App or U.S. Mail.

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Share your ideas on updates to floodplain development requirements

The City of Portland seeks comments on proposed updates to regulations governing development in floodplains. These changes aim to reduce future flood risks and ensure that homes and businesses located in flood-prone areas continue to qualify for federal flood insurance and disaster relief funds.

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Recent City of Portland Studies Show Challenges, Opportunities for Portland’s Housing Market

Community and Economic Development bureaus under Commissioner Rubio to discuss findings and production strategy during July 25 City Council work session

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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 land use planning professionals to serve in one position for a three-year term on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, July 30.

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Enhanced dashboard provides greater transparency, predictability for building permit review

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the City of Portland’s permitting processes, the Portland Permit Metric Dashboard is updated to offer information that helps customers understand the average times involved in different phases of the permit review process.

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Follow these requirements to submit a permit application under fees in effect before July 1, 2023

Fees for building permit applications will change. Follow these guidelines to submit a permit application under the current fees.

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

Learn more about the new fees.

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Proposals to update Portland’s floodplain regulations move forward in preparation for City Council consideration in August

Community members will have opportunities to provide input on building code (City Title 24) updates in July; City Council hearings on both building code and zoning code at the end of August.

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No administrative appeals to be considered on Wednesday, July 5

There will not be a weekly Administrative Appeals Board meeting held during the week of July 3, 2023.

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Interested in helping improve neighborhood livability while supporting special events? Apply to serve on the Noise Review Board

The City of Portland seeks interested persons to serve in one position for a three-year term on the Noise Review Board. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Wednesday, June 28.

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Design and Historic Landmarks commissions present State of the City Reports to City Council

On March 15, the Design Commission and the Historic Landmarks Commission presented their annual reports to City Council. Their reports focused on successes and challenges of the past year as well as goals for the coming year.

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Interim noise control rule on construction activities due to heat

Effective May 15, 2023, construction activities may begin at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday without a noise variance when the temperature predicted by the National Weather Service is expected to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit by 3 p.m.

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