About the Program
Inclusionary Housing requires that all residential buildings proposing 20 or more new units provide a percentage of the new units at rents affordable to households at 80% of the median family income or below.
The City has defined additional regulatory options under the umbrella of this requirement. Permit applications must include one of the options to provide affordable housing in their proposal, or applicants can opt to pay a fee-in-lieu at permit issuance.
All permit applications subject to or electing into Inclusionary Housing are reviewed by the Portland Housing Bureau. PHB staff are available to assist with questions.
Learn about the Inclusionary Housing Calibration Study
Notice: Effective July 1, 2022 – Processing fee for MULTE applications on Inclusionary Housing projects
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Explore Portland's progress in creating new affordable housing throughout the city.
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Inclusionary Housing Pipeline
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Search for Affordable Rental Units
Lists of projects with restricted units at 80% median family income or below.
As of December 2022
- More details The MULTE program provides a ten-year property tax exemption on structural improvements to the property.
Find out your estimated median income.
Learn more about the projects in PHB's portfolio. Also see a map of rental properties that offer below-market rents to income-qualified tenants.
PHB Housing Profiles Regulated affordable rental housing map
The City has developed multiple regulatory options to help developers meet the Inclusionary Housing requirement. Permit applications must include one of the options to provide affordable housing in their proposal, or applicants can opt to pay a fee-in-lieu at permit issuance.
How to determine if a project will be subject to the Inclusionary Housing zoning? See answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
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Select an option to view incentives and requirements:
Build on-site at 80% MFI
For buildings with 20 or more units: 15% of units must be affordable at 80% MFI. If located within the Central City and Gateway Plan Districts, 20% of units must be affordable.
Build on-site at 60% MFI
Applicants can elect to make 10% of units affordable at 60% MFI in buildings within the Central City and Gateway Plan Districts, or 8% of units for buildings in all other areas.
Build off-site - New construction
Applicants can elect to build affordable units off-site in another new development (receiving building), separate from the multifamily development that is subject to the program requirements (sending building).
Provide off-site - Designate units in an existing building
Applicants can elect to designate affordable units in an existing building (receiving building), separate from the multifamily development subject to the program requirements (sending building).
Applicants may pay a fee in lieu of providing affordable units. The fee is calculated by PHB using a set formula.
Administrative Rules, Code, and Policy
Administrative Rules FAQ Affordability Requirements
Inclusionary Housing - Intake Forms
Sample completed forms:
Apply for Development Incentives
Learn more about Development Incentives:
Help for questions prior to, during and post lease-up.
Portland Housing Bureau
Dropping off a form in person? No appointment needed. Please call or email the staff you have been working with to let them know you will be coming in to drop off documents and they can give you further instruction if needed.
Meet virtually or through a phone appointment
PHB has staﬀ to answer your Inclusionary Housing questions. Please email or call to speak with a specialist.
In-person appointments for this program available on Tuesdays only
PHB is operating in hybrid. Staff are only in the building on certain days of the week.
Get directions to PHB
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor
Book now: In-person appointment (Tuesdays only)
Bureau of Development Services
For questions about permit process, land use, research and code, visit the Development Services Center's website or call 503-823-7310 (select option 2).
Permitting Services 503-823-7357
Planning & Zoning 503-823-7526
Resources & Records 503-823-7660
Permit Status (via voicemail) 503-823-7000