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Building and Zoning Permit Application
You need a building permit application for building permits, site development permits and zoning permits. Also, find the electrical permit, mechanical permit and the plumbing permit applications and the simple erosion control requirements form. For City of Portland and Maywood Park building permits.
Get helpful tips for presenting testimony at a public hearing.
About Development Services (BDS)
Read about the mission, goals, values and equity commitment of the Bureau of Development Services. Get information about visiting BDS, our operating plan and the Development Services organizational chart. Review Director Rebecca Esau's calendar.
About Proposed Updates to Portland's Tree Code
The City of Portland is developing proposals to address tree preservation during development activities.
Learn more about the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.
About the BDS Financial Advisory Committee
The Bureau of Development Services' (BDS) Financial Advisory Committee reviews and provides feedback on the econometric forecasting models used to project bureau revenues and development activity in Portland. Expenditure projections are also reviewed.
About the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)
The Budget Advisory Committee evaluates the Bureau of Development Services' budget request.
About the Design Commission
The Design Commission provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and advances the purpose of the Design overlay zone as authorized under Portland City Code 33.710.050,
About the Development Review Advisory Committee
Get information about mission of the Development Review Advisory Committee.
About the Historic Landmarks Commission
The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage as assigned by Portland City Code Title 33 or by City Council.
General information about the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee.
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ProjectDox Reports are a quick and easy way to find out information about a specific project. They can be accessed via the Reports tab in the project and downloaded to Excel or PDF so they can be shared with others.
Apply for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permit online before you convert a home or garage or build an ADU. Get all forms for an ADU permit application and apply online. Learn about ADU inspections for basement apartments, in-law units, in-law apartments, rental units and adding another dwelling.
Apply for a short-term rental permit or renew a short-term rental permit. Learn about accessory short-term rental Type A permits and Type B permits and rental inspections. Get permit information for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out bedrooms and basement rentals.
Apply for a short-term rental permit or renew a short-term rental permit. Learn about accessory short-term rental (ASTR) Type A permits and Type B permits and rental inspections. Get requirements for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out a bedroom and basement units.
Apply online for residential addition permits that enlarge the footprint of a single-family home or duplex. Get all required forms for a residential addition like adding a bedroom. Find information on addition permits and inspections. Learn more before you add a room to a home or remodel a home.
Additional Use and Development Regulations
Two of the most commonly used sections of the code regulate landscaping and screening, and parking and loading.
Adjustment Committee Members
Learn more about the City of Portland's zoning adjustment review process. Get all required forms and apply for an adjustment review.
Learn about the building code appeal review process. For electrical, mechanical and plumbing code appeals, find out how the review and reconsideration process works. Find the Board of Appeals (Big Board) process information.
Learn more about what you need to apply for an adult care home permit in City of Portland. Learn about required inspection for Adult Foster Care Homes.
Get permit application forms, brochures, handouts and more forms from Development Services. Find all permitting brochures. Search the list of sample site plans like the sample basement plan, drawings and submittal requirements. Start here for the full list of all BDS forms and all BDS handouts.
Read more about applications submitted to ATAC and final recommendations of the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.