You can apply for residential and commercial building permits (including revisions and deferred submittals), and trade permits (electrical, plumbing and mechanical) online or in person. Submit a building permit application online or pay for a permit online with Development Hub PDX.
Find out what information you need to collect
Click here to find out the basic requirements for permit applications.
Call us to schedule a drop-off time to bring your application into the building
Please call the number below to schedule a time to drop-off your permit application and plans at the Development Services Center. You must have an appointment set up to bring in an application.
Once you make an appointment, bring in your application
Our staff will help you schedule an appointment for you to drop-off your permit application and plans at the Development Services Center downtown.
When you arrive at the Development Services Center, security personnel will verify you have an appointment to submit plans and direct you to a rack to leave your complete submission of plans, application(s), and any required supplemental documents. You will not meet with a staff person during this drop-off appointment.
We will review your permit request for completeness
After submitting, your application package will be reviewed by a permit technician to check that the information you provided meets the minimum standards. If your application package doesnot meet minimum submittal standards and/or requires further clarification, we will contact you for more information.
Then, your application package will be reviewed by a Land Use planner and Fire & Life Safety reviewer to ensure you have met their minimum standards. If your application package doesnot meet minimum standards and/or requires further clarification, we will contact you for more information.
Learn more about how permit requests are reviewed, including daily reports indicating the statuses of individual permit requests at different points in the review process.
Pay your permit fees online or by phone
When we have confirmed that your permit application is complete and ready for review, you will receive instructions for how to pay your permit fees online or by phone. If you need help, check out the “How to Pay Fees” customer quick step guide.
We will review your plans, and may ask for more information
Respond to comments on paper plans
Your plans may require adjustments after our review. In that case, we will mark up your plans on a "checksheet" and ask you to respond to notes from the reviewer. Read step-by-step instructions to prepare corrected paper plans for submittal with the old paper plans, complete the checksheet response form, and submit a checksheet response.
Submit corrected paper plans
When you are ready to submit updated plans, please schedule an appointment to bring your updated plans to the Development Services Center. Read step-by-step instructions how to make an appointment to drop off corrected paper plans.