System Development Charges (SDC) are one-time fees assessed on new development. SDC's help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.
SDC Program Summary
System Development Charges for Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
When a new home or commercial development is built in Portland, we need to expand the park system to meet the needs of a growing population. Collecting SDCs from development helps to pay for that park system growth.
SDCs must be used for capital projects that expand the capacity of the park system, like acquiring new land, developing new parks or facilities, or expanding existing parks or facilities.
The Parks SDC program has two ‘Sub-Areas’, Central City and Non-Central City. A portion of the fees collected in each sub-area needs to stay in that sub-area to provide more local park experiences (like typical neighborhood parks), and a portion can be spent on park experiences that serve a more citywide function (like regional trails, natural areas, etc.)
The following charts and map are summaries of SDC program revenues and expenditures from fiscal year 1998-1999 through 2019-2020.
This summary of capital expenditures from the SDC fund shows actual expenditures by fiscal year, and does not include dollars that have been allocated to projects, but not yet spent.
This summary does not include other funding streams like the 2014 Park Replacement Bond, major maintenance, and other partnerships/donations. It is through a combination of these funding mechanisms (and with their individual constraints) that we maintain and grow the park system.
Review Park SDC expenditures for fiscal year 1999-2020. Items are sortable by SDC category, Total expenditures, Neighborhood location, SDC sub-area, and individual property and/or facility.
Neighborhood Coalition; Each project has been assigned to one coalition area. However, there are some projects (like regional trails) that span more than one coalition area, and coalition area boundaries are disputed in some instances.
Parks SDC Fees Will Not Change on July 1, 2020
On April 15, 2020, the City Council unanimously passed City Ordinance 189924, including updates to the Park SDC code, and a directive, due to COVID-19, to not index fees for the fiscal year 2020-2021. As a result, Park SDC fees July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, will be the same as Park SDC fees were during the time period July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
SDC Fee Schedule
Update to residential addition SDCs
Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.
SDC Online Fee Estimator
Use this Bureau of Development Services Online Fee Estimator to calculate your SDC fees.
SDC Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact the Parks SDC Program with any further questions.
Parks SDC Methodology Update
Adopted by City Council on May 27, 2015. Methodology changes took effect on July 1, 2016.
Learn more about Parks SDC Methodology Update, SDC Taskforce, and Meeting Notes.
Parks SDC 20-Year Capital Plan (Summary)
As required by ORS 223.309 Portland Parks & Recreation maintains a list of capacity increasing projects intended to address the need created by growth. These projects are eligible to be funded with Park SDC revenue.