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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.
Get all commercial building forms and multi-family structure (3 or more units) forms from Development Services. Find the list of commercial forms like the commercial building permit application, commercial life safety forms and commercial brochures. Need a list of BDS commercial forms, start here.
Get all permit and inspections brochures from Development Services. Getting started on a development project and want to learn more about permits and inspections? PDFs have helpful information about getting started with development projects. Looking for BDS brochures 1-31, start here.
Apply for building permits, trade permits and zoning permits online or in person. Includes permit revisions, deferred submittals and electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits. Submit a building permit application and pay for permits in person or online with Development Hub PDX.
In an effort to increase and improve public access to information, all BDS land use review, residential demolition and enforcement notifications include information on how to request language translation, interpretation and other accommodations. This notice is translated into several languages.
The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (OCCB) has helpful information about becoming licensed, including applications. Generally, Oregon law requires anyone who works for compensation in any construction activity involving improvements to real property to be licensed.
Visit their website to learn more about this community-based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. They organize weekly business networking events, exciting community-building events, and provide scholarships for the leaders of tomorrow.
Checklist and submittal requirements for prescriptive installations of solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems.
The City of Portland issues building permits for the City of Maywood Park. Search Portland.gov for "building permit" or search by project type ("deck permit") to learn more. For all other City of Maywood Park permit needs, visit the City of Maywood Park website.
City and State codes and administrative rules, code guides and program guides. Review all of the City and State codes and administrative rules carried out by Development Services. Find all codes, program guides and administrative rules on this page. Review MOUs/IGAs and request a code change.
Find all commercial building code guides administered by Development Services. Code guides provide answers about the application of specific codes. View a list of commercial building code guides carried out by Development Services. Get code guides that explain how the codes and rules are applied.
Find all commercial electrical code guides administered by Development Services. Code guides provide answers about the application of specific codes. View a list of commercial electrical code guides carried out by Development Services. Get code guides that explain how codes and rules are applied.
Find all commercial mechanical code guides administered by Development Services. Code guides provide answers about the application of specific codes. View a list of commercial mechanical code guides carried out by Development Services. Get code guides that explain how codes and rules are applied.
Find all commercial plumbing code guides administered by Development Services. Code guides provide answers about the application of specific codes. View a list of commercial plumbing code guides carried out by Development Services. Get code guides that explain how the codes and rules are applied.
Apply to have building permit and land use fees waived. BDS fee waivers are based on financial hardship and low income. Nonprofit organizations can also apply for building permit and land use fee waivers. Find what to include in your BDS fee waiver request and where to send your fee waiver request.
Sign up for email alerts and newsletters from the Bureau of Development Services. Join our email mailing list today. The Plans Examiner is a monthly digest of news, events and helpful resources- sign up now!
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.
Visit the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber website to learn how they create opportunities and grow the Latino community's wealth and assets by investing in its community's entrepreneurial spirit, supporting its future generations' access to higher education, and preparing its future leaders to succeed.

Mercy Corps Northwest

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Mercy Corps Northwest provides vital financing, mentorship and education to small business owners across the Pacific Northwest. From small business grants to alternative loans, they support entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. Visit their website to learn more.
The Oregon Office of Small Business Assistance helps small businesses that have questions about state or local government. Visit their website to learn more.
Find all One and Two Family Dwelling Code Guides administered by Development Services. Code guides provide answers about the application of specific codes. Get code guides that explain how the codes and rules are applied.
The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout our state. Our 19 centers and 44 locations assist business people in every aspect of business development and management. Visit their website for more information.
Get all permit applications from Development Services. Find the list of building permit applications and trade permit applications. Need a list of all BDS permit applications, start here.
Request a permit revision from the City of Portland. Get a permit revision for a building permit. Get permit revisions for other types of permits. If you need to make changes to a project after you got a permit, you need to submit an application for a permit revision.
Development Services is committed to making sure all Portlanders can access City services. We offer walk-in and over-the-phone translation services in more than 240 languages, including American Sign Language, at no cost to you.