Bureaus and offices

Archives & Records Management

The Archives and Records Management Division operates the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, making city administrative and historical records accessible to the public and City employees for research and inspection in accordance with Oregon's public records laws.

Audit Services

The Audit Services Division is the auditing branch of the elected City Auditor's Office. The Division's mission is to conduct performance and financial audits of City operations, and to make recommendations to improve efficiency, effectiveness and equity of City bureaus, offices and functions.

Children's Levy

The Levy is a City of Portland property tax initiative that annually generates $19 million toward proven programs that prepare children for school, support their success in and out of the classroom, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their well-being and school success.

City Attorney

The Office of the City Attorney provides legal services to the City of Portland and to the elected officials, officers and employees acting on its behalf. The Office's only client is the City of Portland and we are not able to provide legal services or advice to individual members of the public.

City Budget

The City Budget Office provides timely, accurate, and unfiltered information and analysis regarding budgeting, forecasting, and fiscal policy issues to the Mayor, Commissioners, City Auditor, City bureaus, and the public.

City Elections

The City Elections Office works with the County and state to oversee City elections. The CEO assists the public with election issues, such as running for City office or filing an initiative petition. Election forms, documents, and upcoming election information is found on this website.

Community Technology

Broadband and communications policy, cable regulation and consumer protection, utility franchises, licenses and wireless.

Council Clerk and Contracts

The division's core functions are Council Clerk, central repository for City contracts, check disbursements, and maintain City Charter and Code.

Development Services

The Bureau of Development Services promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.

Emergency Communications (9-1-1)

Our mission is to work collaboratively with our community and public safety partners to ensure effective and timely 911 call answering and dispatching.

Emergency Management

Promote readiness, coordinate response, and build resilience for Portland. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) develops and implements strategic planning, programs, and policies to continually advance the city's mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

Environmental Services

Environmental Services is your sewer and stormwater utility. We protect public health and our environment by collecting and recovering resources from the city’s wastewater, managing stormwater, and restoring and protecting Portland’s rivers, streams, and watersheds.

Equity and Human Rights

The Office of Equity and Human Rights provides education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability.

Fire and Police Disability and Retirement

We deliver peace of mind to our fire and police members and their survivors by providing disability and retirement benefits in a timely, compassionate and fiscally responsible manner.

Government Relations

The mission of the Office of Government Relations is to advance the City of Portland's legislative and intergovernmental policy objectives. The Office provides effective representation, strategic advice, and quality service to the City Council and all city bureaus.

Hearings Office

The City's Hearings Office conducts impartial administrative hearings and renders decisions in Land Use Hearings, Code Hearings, Appeals of City Decisions, Towing Hearings, and other administrative matters.

Housing Bureau

Portland Housing Bureau works toward the vision that all Portlanders can find affordable homes and have equitable access to housing. To this end, PHB is tasked with developing citywide housing policy, increasing affordable housing, promoting stable homeownership, and managing resources.

Independent Police Review

The City Auditor's Independent Police Review provides impartial oversight of police conduct, practices, and policies to increase accountability and public trust.

Lobbyist and Political Consultant Regulatory

The City's Lobbying Regulations and the Political Consulting Reporting program serve to improve transparency and inform the public of efforts to influence City Officials.

Management and Finance

The Office of Management and Finance serves as an engine for the City of Portland, providing internal services from technology to tax collection. Led by the chief administrative officer, this team operates city-wide programs and brings together bureaus to develop new ways of doing business.

Office of Community & Civic Life

The Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life) connects Portlanders and city government to build inclusive, safe, and livable communities.

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Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is your Rose City watchdog. We are here to make sure City government treats Portland residents and businesses fairly. We investigate complaints and identify ways to resolve them. As part of the City Auditor’s Office, we’re independent and impartial.

Open and Accountable Elections

The Open and Accountable Elections program seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics and encourage election of people to City office who are reflective of and accountable to all Portlanders.

Parks & Recreation

Portland's parks, public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self, and others. Portland's residents treasure and care for this legacy, building on the past to provide for future generations.

Planning and Sustainability

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places, and plan for a resilient future.

Police

The mission of the Portland Police Bureau is to reduce crime and the fear of crime. We work with all community members to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

Portland Fire & Rescue

Portland Fire & Rescue proactively, safely, and aggressively protects life, property, and the environment.

Prosper Portland

We are the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland. We focus on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents

Transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving.

Water

The City of Portland Water Bureau serves water to nearly a quarter of all Oregonians. We’re committed to great water sources, public health, community relationships, and planning ahead. Our mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day.