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City announces name and structure for Portland’s new permitting bureau

Portland Permitting & Development will issue permits for a wide range of development projects, including construction, home improvements and tree work.

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Portland nears milestone for new permitting bureau, prepares to announce name and structure

Beginning July 1, development permitting will be unified under one bureau within the City of Portland.

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Are you interested in advising the City of Portland’s permitting processes? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee.

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of three positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Thursday, April 25.

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Are you a developer or contractor of large projects or a frequent customer interested in advising Portland’s permitting processes? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee.

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one of three positions, each for a three-year term, on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Thursday, Feb. 15.

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Rebecca Esau offers insights, advice as retirement nears

The outgoing director of the Bureau of Development Services offers her perspectives on the achievements of, and opportunities for, Portland’s permitting and zoning review processes.

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Improvements made to online permitting portal, Development Hub PDX

Upgrades are now available: It’s easier than ever to provide necessary information as well as get construction and trade (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) permits on their way to approval.

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Updated NSFR Sample Site Plan just released

An updated New Single Family Residential (NSFR) Sample Site Plan is now available to aid in the permitting process.

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Audit Update: Momentous move by Council to consolidate permitting as City reforms continue

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2021 report, Building Permit Audit: Long-standing inability to meet customers’ needs won’t improve without better management, sustained governance.

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Rebecca Esau announces retirement

After six and a half years as director of the Bureau of Development Services, and nearly 30 years of service to the City of Portland, Esau leaves in December with a record of accomplishment.

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Are you a public works permit customer interested in advising the permitting process in Portland? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested persons to serve in one position for a three-year term on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, Oct. 15.

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Portland City Council unanimously commits to consolidate city permitting

The Council seeks the creation of “a consolidated single permitting entity… with clear authority, responsibility and accountability.”

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Interested in helping guide the permitting process in Portland? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested land use planning professionals to serve in one position for a three-year term on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, July 30.

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Enhanced dashboard provides greater transparency, predictability for building permit review

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the City of Portland’s permitting processes, the Portland Permit Metric Dashboard is updated to offer information that helps customers understand the average times involved in different phases of the permit review process.

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Deadline extended: City of Portland seeks experienced heating and cooling professionals to serve on appeals board

The City of Portland seeks four people to each serve a three-year term on the Mechanical Code Board of Appeal. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Sunday, May 7.

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Interested in helping guide the permitting process in Portland? Apply to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The City of Portland is seeking interested land use planning professionals to serve in one position for a three-year term on the Development Review Advisory Committee. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Sunday, April 30.

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Rubio, Development Services release results of housing production survey

To better understand some of the constraints affecting the building of needed housing units in Portland, the City surveyed development professionals to identify changes that may achieve development more quickly.

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Portland achieving results through innovations in its solar permitting process

Property owners want to reduce their reliance on the energy grid and promote cleaner and more sustainable sources of electricity. The City of Portland is testing new approaches in the review of permits for solar panel arrays.

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Deadline extended: Interested in promoting new tools to guide Portland's building permit process? Apply to serve on the Process Improvement and Technology Subcommittee

This subcommittee of the Development Review Advisory Committee proposes improvements to business processes for issuing building permits in the City of Portland. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted through Monday, March 20.

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Development Services, Fire and Rescue to launch pilot for reviewing solar permit applications

This three-month effort seeks to streamline evaluations of residential solar panel installations requiring engineering reviews.

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