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A new proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.
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BDS, together with BES, wants your input on the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual in preparation for an update to the manual.
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Effective September 16, 2019: BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common.
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City officials are preparing for a large protest on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the downtown core of Portland. The protest is expected to remain in the downtown area, although activity may extend to adjacent areas, such as the Central Eastside. The timing of the event is not certain.
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The Remote Inspection Program provides an alternative to on-site inspection for situations requiring minor corrections.
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The Bureau of Development Services, in partnership with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will propose a set of code amendments to the Portland City Council on August 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. The amendments are intended to allow murals in more locations around the City. Read the recommended code.
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Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.
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News for Property Line Adjustment Applicants Effective immediately, there are changes to the process for Property Line Adjustments (PLAs) for new applications or submitted applications that have not already received a checksheet.
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Development Services rolled out PDX ePlans (electronic plan review) as an option for all Process Managed projects as of January 2019.
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The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) wants your input on the first draft of an administrative rule outlining requirements for signs posted on future development sites.
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Our new online permitting tool is now available to customers! Development Hub will fully replace our old permitting system by August 1, 2019.
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Do you want to make an impact on development in Portland? Read about joining the Development Review Advisory Committee.
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Sewer Connections: Permits Required for Sewer Connection and Repair
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Over the next year, the City is phasing in a new more efficient plan review process for all types of building permits. This new process will establish dedicated windows of uninterrupted time for City staff to perform plan review.
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Harper’s Playground: a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and building inclusive playgrounds in Portland and beyond.
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Beginning on April 1, 2019, The Bureau of Development Services will launch a new program to simplify bathroom permits for small projects.
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To encourage development and increase housing stock, the Portland City Council began waiving SDC fees assessed to ADU permits in 2010. Last year, City Council revised the SDC waiver and reaffirmed a June 30, 2020 deadline for previously approved ADUs to complete construction.