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Requesting your input on Process Improvements for Commercial Building Permits for New Construction

The Bureau of Development Services is undertaking a lean continuous improvement project with other city bureaus involved in permitting construction called the Commercial New Construction Permit Business Process Improvement (BPI) project.

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Bureau of Development Services FY 2021-22 Budget Request

On Jan. 29, the Bureau of Development Services submitted its FY 2021-22 Requested Budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, along with its Five-Year Financial Plan. In total, the Requested Budget includes a $78.6 million operating budget with 397.8 FTE.

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Notice of Proposed Permanent Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) Permit Compliance

The proposed rule establishes procedures for self-certification and inspections demonstrating compliance with Type A ASTR requirements. The proposed rule would make the existing interim rule a permanent rule, with no changes.

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Repairing damage from February 2021 ice storm

The February 2021 ice storm caused damage to many structures throughout Portland. Here is information on how the Bureau of Development Services can help expedite the permitting process for these repairs.

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Changes to Portland’s design overlay and design review program are headed to City Council in May

Portlanders invited to testify on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments that will update the tools and processes used to guide design in Portland’s highest density places; public hearing in May.

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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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Field Issuance Remodel program adapts to meet growing demand for efficient permitting and review of residential projects

The Field Issuance Remodel program offers residential remodeling contractors one point-of-contact to streamline the permitting and inspection process. BDS staff innovated to add more contractors without expanding staffing.

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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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Portland City Council adopts updates to city’s tree code, strengthening tree preservation

A new ordinance updates the city’s tree policies to promote greater preservation of trees when development occurs in certain types of commercial zones and to promote the preservation of larger trees in other development situations.

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Website Feedback Survey

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Apply for building or trade permits anytime through Development Hub PDX

The Bureau of Development Services now offers a faster and easier way to apply for a building or trade permit online through Development Hub PDX.

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Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund seeks proposals for $8.6 million in first round of funding for community projects

Accepting proposals for community projects that address the climate crisis in a way that advances racial and social justice.

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Most BDS permit fees increasing Dec. 1; You can still submit a complete permit application to avoid increases

Many permit fees for the Bureau of Development Services will increase on Dec. 1. Here are guidelines for how to submit a completed building permit application and avoid the fee increases.

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Fees for building code appeals increasing Dec. 1; Administrative Appeals Board will not meet on Dec. 2, Dec. 30

In recognition of the cost of doing business during a pandemic, and due to the increased complexity of processing appeals (building, mechanical, plumbing electrical and floating structures), the fees for submitting appeals have been adjusted.

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BDS Adopts Interim Residential Demolition Administrative Rule

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Fee changes for the Bureau of Development Services, effective Dec. 1, 2020

The Bureau of Development Services proposed fee increases across most of its services, effective Dec. 1, 2020. These fee increases were approved by the Portland City Council on Oct. 28, 2020.

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Social Distancing Guidelines for Restaurant Seating and Retailers

Use outdoor space like a parking lot to help with social distancing and safety. Get zoning and other city code information to use parking lots for outdoor customer seating, services, and to sell merchandise. Use these social distancing guidelines for your outdoor seating, outdoor booths and more.

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Using Temporary Outdoor Customer Areas for Stores and Restaurants

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Public testimony invited for Portland City Council consideration of tree code updates Oct. 29

The public is invited to review and provide testimony before the City Council on a package of updates to Portland’s tree code relating to the removal of exemptions from requirements to preserve and plant trees in certain development situations.

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