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
- - Complete this form to apply for a Design Advice Request.
- - Summarizes different types of land use Early Assistance.
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
- 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).
More ways to get early assistance with your project
Learn more about other early assistance options and set up an early assistance meeting for a deeper discussion about your project.