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Learn more about the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.
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The Budget Advisory Committee evaluates the bureau’s budget request.
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The Design Commission provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historical and architectural heritage as authorized under Portland City Code 33.710.050,
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About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS)
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The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage as assigned by PCC Title 33 or by City Council.
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The City of Portland is developing proposals to address tree preservation during development activities.
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Learn more about Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits in the City of Portland. Get all required forms for an ADU permit. Get information about ADU inspections for basement apartments, granny flats, in-law units, mother-in-law apartments, rental units, secondary units and home remodel projects.
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Two of the most commonly used sections of the code regulate landscaping and screening, and parking and loading.
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Learn more about the City of Portland's zoning adjustment review process. Get all required forms and apply for an adjustment review.
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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.
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The Alternative Technology Advisory Committee, authorized under Portland City Code 24.10.087, assists the Bureau of Development Services in reviewing innovate sustainable building technologies and methods for compliance with the Building Code requirements.
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Read more about applications submitted to ATAC and final recommendations of the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.
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Learn more and apply to the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.
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Apply online for a Bureau of Development Services board or commission.
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The Arts Empowerment Program assists artists and arts organization get permits. We focus on assisting Black, Indigenous, People of Color and persons with disabilities.
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Learn more about cleaning up asbestos and lead paint in the City of Portland. Find out how to report concerns to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and the Oregon Health Authority.
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Information on permits and inspections needed to convert an attic, basement or garage. Get all required forms for an attic, basement or garage remodel. Find information on the permit process and checking permit history before you add a room or add a bedroom in the City of Portland.
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Information on backwater valves and when to install them.
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Get information about base zones and development standards.
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General information for plumbing and excavation contractors and homeowners about the backfill requirements for underground piping for plumbing.
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Review the City of Portland building permit fees and other fees schedule. Get information about how much a building permit costs.
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Request a scheduled time period for you to upload your permit application, drawings, and submittal materials to the Bureau of Development Services.
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This application is for building permits, site development permits and zoning permits.
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This handout explains how to change the use or occupancy of a building in the City of Portland.
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Look up the status of a City of Portland building permit using Portland Maps.
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Look up the status of a City of Portland building permit review using Portland Maps.
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Get the results of a City of Portland building inspection using PortlandMaps.
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Checklist and submittal requirements for prescriptive installations of solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems.
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You've corrected your plans in response to the checksheets. In this tutorial, learn how to organize your updated plans with the old plans, complete the checksheet response form, and schedule a drop-off appointment. The checksheet response form is included. Note: This is for Paper Plans only!
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Do you need to make corrections to your paper plans that are in "Checksheet" status? To pick-up or drop-off paper plans, you'll have to schedule an appointment. Learn how to make an appointment with the City of Portland Online Scheduling System. NOTE: This tutorial is for paper plans only.
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Information about the City of Portland and Measure 49 eligible claims.
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City and State codes and rules guides
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Learn more about code evaluation inspections. Find information about converting water heaters and furnaces to gas. Read about small electrical and plumbing project inspections in the City of Portland.
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Information on how to apply for commercial alteration- tenant improvement building permits and get inspections. Includes all required applications, forms and handouts for TI permits.
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Find out how to get a commercial electrical permit and commercial electrical inspection. Get all required forms for a commercial electrical permit including the electrical permit application. Any electrical work in a commercial building needs a commercial electrical permit.
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Find out how to get a commercial mechanical permit and commercial mechanical inspection. Get all required forms including the mechanical permit application. Any mechanical work in a commercial building in the City of Portland needs a commercial mechanical permit.
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Information on how to apply for Commercial New Construction and Addition Building Permits and get inspections. Get all required forms and permit instructions including the commercial building permit application.
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The Bureau of Development Services recognizes that in order to better serve our customers and the community, we need to continually look for ways to improve key process that result in  more efficient, predictable and transparent service. 
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General information about commercial permit inspections, including inspector district maps and contact information. Learn more about condo permit inspections, apartment inspections, new construction inspections, triplex inspections and more.
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Find out how to get a commercial plumbing permit and commercial plumbing inspection. Get all required forms for a commercial plumbing permit including the plumbing permit application. If you are doing plumbing work, you will need a plumbing permit.
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For general questions on permit applications and status of existing permits, please call the Facilities Permit Program (FPP) phone number.
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Get information about permit requirements in the City of Portland.
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The Development Services Center is designed to provide you with the services and expertise you'll need to complete Portland's permitting processes. Located at 1900 SW 4th Ave, First Floor, Portland, OR 97201, the DSC has street parking and parking garage options nearby and is accessible by Trimet.
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Get help with a new project proposal in the City of Portland. Find required forms for early assistance and review a land use fee schedule.
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City of Portland electrical permit application.
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Learn more about Oregon Residential Specialty Code R310.
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Black, Indigenous, People of Color and persons with disabilities who got a violation letter in the mail from the City can get assistance from our staff.
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This training series contains 5 modules for applicants using ProjectDox ePlans through the City of Portland. Topics cover getting started on ProjectDox to resubmitting after a review cycle.
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Get an estimate for your City of Portland building permit. Find out how much it costs to build a new building. Review building permit fees, other fees, system development charges and trade permit fees.
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Frequently asked questions about the Facility Permit Program.
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File building code, electrical, mechanical and plumbing code appeals. This is a fee-based service that provides a formal response. You can request an alternative way to meet the intent of a code provision. You can also confirm an interpretation of building code language.
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Where to go to find information about permits in the City of Portland.
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Find zoning regulations for a site and search zoning maps.
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Learn more about how to sign up for FIR and get paired with a senior inspector in the City of Portland.
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The FPP program is designed to serve customers that perform on-going interior tenant improvements and where facility maintenance, upgrades and renovations are frequent. The program is available to owners of buildings, building management companies and their tenants.
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Learn more about current efforts to update the City of Portland's tree code.
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Learn more about building permits and get all required applications and forms for carport permits, garage permits, shed permits and cargo container permits. Get information on building permit inspections for garages, sheds and accessory structures.
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Sign up for email alerts and newsletters from the Bureau of Development Services.
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Get helpful information on what to include in a solar permit application, analysis guidelines and how to respond to structural plan review comments for a residential engineered system.
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Retail sales and services uses are only allowed in commercial/mixed use zones. They are limited in employment and industrial zones. Check the zoning of the property developing plans for outdoor seating and merchandise sales (instructions below).
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Information on unlisted wood stoves and fireplace inserts and legal requirements to remove them when selling a home.
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Find out how to research deed information for a property in Multnomah County. This may be needed when applying for Lot Confirmation or Property Line Adjustment Reviews. Research Multnomah County deed records online.
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Learn how to request public property records from the City of Portland. Development Services maintains a number of different types of development and property related public records. This page provides information on how to access records online and has links to records you can request online.
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The City of Portland has identified the need for a minimum of 23,000 additional housing units to serve low and moderate-income households. The Inclusionary Housing program is designed to help meet this need, working to preserve economically diverse neighborhoods and housing affordability.
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A complete list of inspection codes to schedule an inspection with the City of Portland using the automated inspection request line.
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Learn more about land use review and final plat applications in the City of Portland. Find out where to send your application.
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A breakdown of the various procedure types for land use review.
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Review the land use services fee schedule for the City of Portland.
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Get information about landscaping and screening requirements in the City of Portland.
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This life safety checklist is for commercial permits in the City of Portland.
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Verify a lot can be developed with the City of Portland. Learn more about lot confirmations, lot of record, a lot split and get all required forms for a lot confirmation application.
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City of Portland mechanical permit application.
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City of Portland multi-dwelling structure short-term rental permit application checklist.
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Find land use decisions, public notices, public hearings and information about pre-applications conferences in the City of Portland.
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City of Portland original art mural permit information and application.
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Get information about overlay zones.
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Pay for City of Portland payments online and by phone. Get all the information you need to make a payment now. Learn more about applying for permits, making payments and scheduling inspections online.
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PDX ePlans (Electronic Plan Review)
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Request a refund for a permit purchased from the City of Portland. Apply for a permit refund online.
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Get basic information about how you get a building permit from the City of Portland. Learn about the permit review process from start to finish including submitting your plans, submitting your corrections and paying for your permits.
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Learn more about how to apply for permits and receive inspections from Environmental Services, Fire and Rescue, Parks and Recreation, Transportation and Water.
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Get information about all of the plan districts in the City of Portland. Find out if your site is in a plan district and get plan district regulations.
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City of Portland plumbing permit application.
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The Portland Online Permitting (POPS) Program modernized the City of Portland's permitting system into an online, enhanced customer service delivery system. Learn more about this important project.
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The Portland Development Services is offering video inspections for occupied homes and buildings. FaceTime or Skype is required. In this article, we'll show you have to prepare for your video inspection.
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Learn more about property compliance inspections and enforcement. Find out where to submit a lien reduction review request. Find out who to call about adult foster care, livability and nuisance inspections.
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Learn more and apply for a property line adjustment in the City of Portland. Move lot lines, relocate lot lines and get information about a common lot line.
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City of Portland property line adjustment application.
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Helpful information about property line adjustments in the City of Portland.
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Get information about City of Portland public hearings.
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Get information about upcoming public hearings on proposed tree code amendments in the City of Portland.
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Review public notices for land use reviews, notices of proposals, notices of environmental planchecks and staff reports for the City of Portland.
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Learn more about getting a re-inspection using remote video in the City of Portland. Use Skype for small changes and As-Built sewer repairs or replacements.
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Get information about replats in City of Portland. Remove, change or reconfigure lot lines. Move parcel lines and property lines, erase lot lines, combine lots and consolidate lots.
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Phone numbers to call if you need to report a violation or if you received a code violation. Find out who to call for concerns about a commercial business in a residential neighborhood, landslides, construction without permits, noise, trees and bushes, broken down cars on private property and more.
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Report violations like construction work without a permit, unpermitted businesses, disabled vehicles on private property, property maintenance danger or nuisances, zoning violations and more to the City of Portland. Check on the status of a report you already made.
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Learn how to schedule an inspection with the Bureau of Development Services. Book an inspection online or by phone.
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Information about permits and inspections needed to build a dormer or a new upper story to a single-family dwelling or duplex. Get all required forms for remodeling a dormer. Find information on permits and inspections to add a bedroom or to add a room to a home.
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Information on 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 permits and inspections and learn more before you add a room to a home or remodel a home.
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Get information about residential building permits for adding and replacing decks in the City of Portland. Get all required forms for a residential deck permit, roof deck permit and balcony permit including the building permit application. Get information about deck inspections.
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Find out how to get an electrical permit for a 1–2 family home and schedule an inspection. Get all required forms for a residential electrical permit including the electrical permit application. Review what you need to install new outlets or light fixtures, run new wiring or update a fuse box.
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Learn about adding a fence to residential property in the City of Portland. Get all required forms for a residential fence permit and including the building permit application. Get information on fence inspections.
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Get information, required forms and helpful handouts for residential building permits for manufactured homes in the City of Portland. Learn about the mobile home permit review process and inspections and factory built home permits and modular home permits.
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How to get a mechanical permit and schedule a mechanical inspection for a 1–2 family home. Get all required forms for a residential mechanical permit including the mechanical permit application.
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Learn about the new single-family residence permit process in the City of Portland. Get a permit application for building a new home and all required NSFR forms and informational handouts. Find information on permits and NSFR inspections.
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Learn more about when the City of Portland requires a residential inspection. Find out about building permit inspections and when to call for home inspections. Get information about electrical inspections, house inspections, mechanical inspections, plumbing and structural inspections.
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How to get a plumbing permit and schedule a plumbing inspection for a 1 - 2 family home. Get all required forms for a residential plumbing permit including the plumbing permit application.
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Learn more about Seismic activity and building in the City of Portland.
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Find a property's plumbing permit history and appeals heard before September 2003.
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Find a property's plumbing permit history and most building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing code appeals heard prior to September 2003.
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City of Portland sign permit application.
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Find out how to get a simple bathroom permit in the City of Portland. Get a bathroom permit without drawing plans.
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This application is for building permits, site development permits and zoning permits.
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The Small Business Empowerment Program assists Black, Indigenous, People Of Color business owners and business owners with disabilities recognized by the ADA who have experienced barriers in the review process.  
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Find out where smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms need to be installed in homes in the City of Portland.
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This webpage includes information on how to get a solar permit, applicable rules, solar permit application forms and permitting fees.
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Information about special inspections required for your permit.
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Learn more about structural design requirements for solar installations in the City of Portland.
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Get information about structural and engineering requirements for 1 & 2 family residential projects in the City of Portland.
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This handout describes the information needed to apply for a Commercial Alteration/Tenant Improvement Permit with a total project valuation equal to or greater than $300,000 in the City of Portland.
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This handout describes the information needed when applying for a permit to increase the floor area (“envelope”) of an existing one or two-family dwelling in the City of Portland.
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This handout describes what's needed when applying for a Commercial Alteration or Tenant Improvement Permit with a total project valuation less than $300,000 in the City of Portland.
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This handout describes information required when applying for a permit for new construction, additions, alterations with
exterior work or structural changes in the City of Portland.
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This handout explains permit requirements to convert an attic, basement or garage of a one or two-family dwelling to livable space in the City of Portland. read about requirements before you remodel an attic, update a basement or do a garage conversion.
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SDCs are fees assessed to new development, additions, and changes of use. These fees are collected to help offset the impact your project will have on the City’s infrastructure of storm and sanitary sewer systems, parks and recreation facilities, water, and street systems.
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Request a meeting with an expert. Interested customers pay a $77.50 fee for a 30-minute Time Certain Appointment online on Microsoft Teams with a BDS Staff person about Land Use, Life Safety, Permitting, Structural Engineering and Site Development.
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Get information about what residential inspections are being done today.
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Request a trade permit extension from the City of Portland.
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Apply online for a trade permit. Get information for how to make payments online or by phone. You can use Development Hub PDX to get an electrical, mechanical or plumbing permit online from the City of Portland.
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Request a trade permit reactivation from the City of Portland.
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Find out which trade permits you can purchase online and which trade permits require plan review.
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Review the land use fee schedule for unincorporated Multnomah County.
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Once you have submitted your application form and you have been invited to a project in ProjectDox, you may upload your electronic files to ProjectDox.
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General information and help using the IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system to request inspections and inspections results.
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This handout provides general information about the plans required for most building permits for work on a house or duplex in the City of Portland.
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What you need when you apply for a building permit, site development permit or zoning permit that needs plan review with the City of Portland. Get basic submittal information for residential and commercial building permits, zoning permits and site development permits.
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Get information about zoning changes and find applications and fee information for the City of Portland.
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Find out how to apply for zoning confirmation letters and land use compatibility statements in the City of Portland.
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Get a zoning permit from the City of Portland. Find all of the required forms for a zoning permit. Learn more about when a zoning permit is required and get a zoning permit application.