Time varies by case.
Submitting Documents or Viewing the Land Use File
Once the Hearings Office receives the staff report or administrative decision from the Bureau of Development Services, usually 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing, the Hearings Office will be the main point of contact to submit documents for the case or to view the file. The Hearings Office will continue to be the place to submit documents until the record closes. The Hearings Office will remain the main point of contact to view the file until the Hearings Officer issues their decision or recommendation.
To view the documents received by the Hearings Office:
All Hearings Office received documents are available in the online case management system. If you want to view the Hearings Office file only, and not submit document(s), you can use the public user logon to view the file:
- Using a computer or other electronic device with internet access go to: https://portlandhearingsoffice.synisys.com/cms/
User Name: GuestUserPHO
The online case management system does not contain Exhibits A through G that were received by the Bureau of Development Services. To view those exhibits, please contact the Hearings Office Clerks to request a link to any or all of those exhibits.
To Submit Documents:
To access the system and submit documents during the open record period, you will need to create a user name and password. Please see these instructions on using the online system and creating a user account:
How To Create A New User Account
or our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Bureau of Development Services Information
The Bureau of Development Services (BDS), a separate entity from the Hearings Office, receives the applications for land use reviews. BDS planners make Administrative Decisions on Type II or Type IIx applications (which can then be heard on appeal by the Hearings Officer). For Type III applications, the BDS planner makes a recommendation to the Hearings Officer and also provides an overview of the case and approval criteria at the public hearing.
For more information on BDS land use, please visit their webpage: https://www.portland.gov/bds/zoning-land-use
City Code Regulations:
All land use reviews must meet the relevant approval criteria. Title 33 outlines the criteria for each land use application type.
These are the administrative procedures that the Hearings Office follows for land use reviews.