Special Inspections

Information about special inspections required for your permit.

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Information about special inspections

Depending on the type of work being performed, the special inspections may be continuous or periodic. Special inspections are in addition to the inspections required by the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). The special inspections are not a substitute for required BDS inspections. The special inspection reports and summaries must be reviewed and approved by the Building Inspector. The permit will not have Final Approval until the special inspection reports are approved.

Special inspectors and testing agencies

Testing agencies and special inspectors must be currently registered with the Oregon Building Officials Association (OBOA). The OBOA has created a list of approved special inspectors and agencies.

How to submit special inspection forms

A Special inspection form listing the special inspection items is generated and sent to the applicant during the plan review process. This form lists the required special inspections required for the project. The form should be completed by the project owner or the Architect or Engineer acting as the owners agent, not the contractor.  The form must be returned before the permit can be issued.

As part of completing the form the project owner (or the Architect or Engineer acting as the owners agent) is required to identify the special inspector or inspection agency whose services he/she agrees to employ to perform the special inspections. The completed form can be returned as part of a checksheet response or separately by email (email to Specialinspectionschecksheets@portlandoregon.gov) by following the instructions on the form.  

For projects submitted using ProjectDox, the forms should be uploaded following instructions provided.

How to submit special inspections summary reports

Submit Final Summary Reports by email to SpecialInspectionsFinals@portlandoregon.gov. Do not send to the District Inspector's email. 

When submitting your final reports via email, please note the permit address and permit number in the subject line. Example: “Subject: 1900 SW 4th Ave – Permit 16-103456 CO/RS”

Questions about special inspections

Questions about special inspections should go to the inspection department for your permit type:

CO - Commercial Inspections

FA - Facility Permit Program

RS - Residential Inspections

If you are in the FIR program please contact your FIR inspector with questions.

Contact

Commercial Inspections - Structural & Mechanical

Development Services

phone number503-823-7303

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

Facility Permit Program (FPP)

Development Services

phone number503-823-5996

Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm. Leave a message with your name, phone number, permit number and project name.

Residential Inspections

Development Services

phone number503-823-7388

Monday through Friday from 8:15 am - 3:45 pm. Leave a message with detailed information.

fax number503-823-7693