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Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check

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Get a pre-permit zoning plan check for large projects and for complex projects. Learn more about pre-permit zoning plan checks and find out if you need one. Get information about application requirements online now.
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Review proposed projects or sites for compliance with the Zoning Code before you apply for a building permit. An applicant may have a proposed project and submit a site plan with elevations. Alternatively, an applicant may receive a summary of applicable development standards for a site without a specific development proposal or proposed site plans. For questions about a prep-permit zoning check, please contact Planning and Zoning. 

Applications and important forms 

Is the pre-permit zoning plan check required?

The pre-permit zoning plan check is optional. It's recommended for large and/or complex projects to:

  • Ensure development standards are met
  • Identify any possible land use reviews
  • Determine whether the Community Design Standards can be met for sites in the Design 'd' overlay zone

Pre-permit zoning plan check submittal requirements

  • Early Assistance Application
  • Written project description
  • Fee 
  • Site Plans (1 set to scale; 1 copy 8.5x11")
  • Building Elevations (if appropriate) (1 copy)
  • Finished floor elevation

Early assistance applications can be emailed to LandUseIntake@portlandoregon.gov. A Land Use Services technician will contact you within 3-4 business days with instructions for providing payment for emailed applications.

Pre-permit zoning plan check review process

A land use planner reviews plans for Zoning Code compliance. Review does not include any other bureaus or agencies. 

Within three weeks of request, a Land Use planner mails a summary outlining development standards. This also identifies any required land use reviews. The applicant then applies for pre-application conference (required for a Type III or Type IV land use review), land use review or building permit (if a land use review is not required).