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Schedule a free 15-minute virtual meeting with a construction, zoning and development expert. Ask questions about building permit submittal requirements. Get help with the permit process, zoning requirements, building codes and more. Language access is available.
Quick links to applications for building permits, trade permits (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) and zoning permits. Get instructions for how to apply for a permit. Find out what to include with a complete application. Then, apply for a permit online or in person with an appointment.
You need a building permit application for building permits, site development permits and zoning permits. Also, find the electrical permit, mechanical permit and the plumbing permit applications and the simple erosion control requirements form. For City of Portland and Maywood Park building permits.
About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS)
Apply for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permit online before you convert a home or garage or build an ADU. Get all forms for an ADU permit application and apply online. Learn about ADU inspections for basement apartments, in-law units, in-law apartments, rental units and adding another dwelling.
Apply for a short-term rental permit or renew a short-term rental permit. Learn about accessory short-term rental (ASTR) Type A permits and Type B permits and rental inspections. Get requirements for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out a bedroom and basement units.
Apply for a short-term rental permit or renew a short-term rental permit. Learn about accessory short-term rental Type A permits and Type B permits and rental inspections. Get permit information for rental units, vacation rentals, mother-in-law apartments, renting out bedrooms and basement rentals.
Two of the most commonly used sections of the code regulate landscaping and screening, and parking and loading.
Learn more about the City of Portland's zoning adjustment review process. Get all required forms and apply for an adjustment review.
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.
Learn more about how to appeal a tree permit decision. Request an administrative review of any public notice about City Code Title 11. Ask for review of a development decision. Get information about the tree permit appeals process and the administrative review application.
Learn more about the City of Portland's environmental review process. Get the land use review application and the early assistance application.
Learn more about land use review and final plat applications in the City of Portland. Find out where to send your application.
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.
Information on permits and inspections needed to convert an attic, basement or garage. Get all forms and apply for a permit online to remodel an attic, finish a basement or do a garage remodel. Find information on the permit process and check permit history before you add a room or add a bedroom.

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Get information about base zones and development standards.
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.
The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) deals with the complex technical, regulatory, social and economic issues involved in developing and promulgating building earthquake risk mitigation provisions that are national in scope.
Learn more about trees and development on City-owned or Managed Sites and Projects in the Right-of-Way. This page is for Capital Improvement Projects, Development on City-owned or Managed sites, & Projects in the Right-of-Way.
Learn more about the Cascade Station/Portland International Center Plan District Traffic Impact Analysis. Get a land use review application and read more about land use services fees.
A Central City Parking Review is a land use review for parking in the Central City Plan District. Get a land use review application and more information about this land use review procedure.