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Changes to the City’s Floodplain Development Code take effect March 1

Learn more about these updates to comply with federal requirements and maintain available discounts on flood insurance rates.

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New residential codes took effect Oct. 1, 2023

Learn more about phase-in periods and deadlines for submitting permit requests under previous code editions.

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Reverse pay dirt: Avoid erosion control fines

Learn how you can ensure your ground-disturbing construction project complies with erosion control requirements and avoids penalties.

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Online tool now available for property owners and tenants to report damage from recent storms

The self-assessment tool supports efforts to understand the scope of property damage citywide and pursue state and federal disaster assistance.

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Repairing property damage from January 2024 storms

Recent snow and ice storms caused damage to many structures throughout Portland. Here is information to help speed up the permitting process for these repairs.

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Damage and safety assessments following recent storms are underway by Development Services inspectors

These assessments will help the City access resources for recovery efforts throughout our community. It will also help the bureau understand the scope of damage.

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Deadline extended: City of Portland seeks experienced plumbers passionate about safety to serve on appeals board

The City of Portland seeks two people to each serve a three-year term on the Plumbing Code Board of Appeal. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Sunday, Feb. 18.

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Deadline extended: Interested in improving neighborhood livability while supporting special events? Apply to serve on the Noise Review Board.

The City of Portland seeks an interested construction professional to serve a three-year term on the Noise Review Board. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, Feb. 18.

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Deadline extended: City of Portland seeks experienced electricians passionate about safety to serve on appeals board

The City of Portland seeks two people to each serve a three-year term on the Electrical Code Board of Appeal. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Sunday, Feb. 18.

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Are you a developer or contractor of large projects or a frequent customer interested in advising Portland’s permitting processes? Apply to serve on the Development Review 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 Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Thursday, Feb. 15.

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Remote Video Re-Inspections feature improved scheduling, video platforms

It is now easier than ever to schedule and conduct a video re-inspection.

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Improvements made to online permitting portal, Development Hub PDX

Upgrades are now available: It’s easier than ever to provide necessary information as well as get construction and trade (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) permits on their way to approval.

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Urban Forestry and the Case of the Moving Tree

Urban Forestry Implements sections of City Code Title 11, the Tree Code.

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Updated NSFR Sample Site Plan just released

An updated New Single Family Residential (NSFR) Sample Site Plan is now available to aid in the permitting process.

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No administrative appeals to be considered during weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas 2023

This affects building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing code appeals.

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City of Portland’s DevHub Permitting Portal is Getting Refreshed

Updated graphics, expandable menus and other features will be rolled out later this fall.

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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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