In-person services at Development Services Center available two days a week, virtual appointments available daily
A pre-scheduled appointment is required for most in-person services at the Development Services Center at 1900 SW 4th Ave. In-person services are limited to Tuesdays 8AM to 4PM and Thursdays 8AM to 12PM. Self-service kiosks and Cashier are available. Please call 503-823-7300 for more information.
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.
Schedule a free 15-minute meeting with a construction, zoning and development expert. Ask questions about building permit submittal requirements and zoning. Get help with the permit process, ask zoning requirements questions, building codes and more. Language access is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about applying for accessory short-term rental (ASTR) Type A permits for one or two bedrooms. Get an application for a new or renewal rental unit permit for vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out part of your home, renting out a bedroom and basement units.
Learn about accessory short-term rentals (ASTR) when you have 3-5 bedrooms to rent out. Get all required forms for ASTR Type B Conditional Use Reviews for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out part of your home, renting out a bedroom, and basement units.
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 or renew a short-term rental permit or conditional use. Learn about accessory short-term rental (ASTR) Type A permits, Type B conditional uses, and inspections. Get requirements for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out a bedroom, and basement units.
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.
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.