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Services and Resources for Construction and development

Quick links to applications for building permits, trade permits and zoning permits. Get step-by-step instructions for how to apply for a permit. Find out what to include with your application to make sure it is complete. 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. You can find quick links to the separate electrical permit, mechanical permit and the plumbing permit application forms and the simple erosion control requirements form, too.
The Facility Permit Program (FPP) is designed to serve customers with on-going interior tenant improvements where facility maintenance, upgrade and renovations are frequent.
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Link to Title 33, Planning and Zoning Code.
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Many commonly asked questions about zoning and allowable uses of property within the City of Portland are addressed here.
The 2020 Source Control Manual became effective Dec. 14. The manual sets City policy for drainage and discharges resulting from development and post-development activities for site-specific activities like waste storage, loading and unloading, exterior storage and processing, and dewatering.
The 2020 Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM) became effective Dec.14. The manual sets City policy and design requirements for stormwater management on all development, redevelopment, and improvement projects on both public and private property in Portland.
Get helpful tips for presenting testimony at a public hearing.
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Annexation is the process of changing municipal boundaries to bring adjacent unincorporated areas into an existing city, typically to provide urban services not presently available. Properties must be within the municipal boundary of the City of Portland to receive City services.
Central City in Motion is PBOT's effort to plan, prioritize, and implement transportation improvements in the city’s core. This planning effort prioritized eighteen projects, including new pedestrian crossings, bus lanes, and bikeways.
About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS)
The Downtown-Old Town Sewer Repair Program is a multi-year and multi-million-dollar investment to assess the condition and capacity of the aging public sewer system serving Portland's Downtown and Old Town neighborhoods and to construct the necessary repairs and upgrades.
Learn more about the Floating Structures Board of Appeals.
The Central City 2035 project, its timing and related efforts.
The City of Portland is developing proposals to address tree preservation during development activities.
Purpose, background, timeline, and contact information for the SW Corridor Inclusive Communities project.
Learn more about the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee.
The Financial Advisory Committee reviews and provides feedback on the econometric forecasting models used to project bureau revenues and development activity in Portland. Expenditure projections are also reviewed.
The Budget Advisory Committee evaluates the Bureau of Development Services' budget request.
The Building Code Board of Appeals is authorized under Portland City Code 24.10.080 and the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code.