Services and Resources for Rent or own property
Building and Zoning Permit Application
You need a building permit application for building permits, site development permits and zoning permits. Also, find the electrical permit, mechanical permit and the plumbing permit applications and the simple erosion control requirements form. For City of Portland and Maywood Park building permits.
Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance
Renters in Portland who are served a no-cause eviction or encounter any of the triggering events may have the right to be paid relocation assistance from their landlord. Landlords must notify RSO of the payment. For eligible exemptions, see the Administrative Rules.
About SW Corridor Inclusive Communities
Purpose, background, timeline, and contact information for the SW Corridor Inclusive Communities project.
Purpose, background, timeline, and contact information for the Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing project.
About the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy
The N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy is an initiative by the Portland Housing Bureau to address a legacy of displacement in North and Northeast Portland through investments in new affordable rental housing, opportunities for first-time homebuyers, and home retention programs for longtime residents
About the Rental Services Office
The Rental Services Office operates a helpline and provides technical assistance and information specific to Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance. The office is a resource for both landlords and renters.
Affordable Housing Development Maps
Explore affordable housing developments that are currently being built or planned for completion within the next few years.
Affordable Housing Set-Aside Policy
Learn about the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Set-Aside Policy for affordable housing
Annual Status Report 2022
In 2022, we were tracking 40 audits with 226 recommendations. Topics ranged from internal financial focused subjects, such as payment card use and construction costs, to programs that impact Portlanders directly, such as the City’s approach to policing gun violence and cleaning up homeless camps.
Application and Screening
Permanent administrative rules, code, and ordinances
The Down Payment Assistance Loan is designed with favorable terms to help first-time homebuyers purchase a home within the city limits of Portland. The Down Payment Assistance Loan is a second mortgage loan funded by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB).
Application for exemptions for new construction or other special circumstances.
Apply for a Home Repair Loan
The Home Repair Loan Program provides a 0% interest loan to help eligible homeowners with low and moderate incomes make improvements and upgrades to continue living safely in their homes. How to apply.
Under specific situations outlined in the policy and the Administrative Rules, a rental unit may be eligible for an exemption from mandatory renter relocation assistance. Carefully review the exemption criteria and administrative rules before applying.
Buying a Home
Programs and resources for homebuyers. Find links to local agencies that provide homebuyer education and for other helpful resources.
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year strategic plan that sets out a collaborative vision for community development in the Portland area. Learn about the Consolidated Plan and the annual Action Plan.
COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance
Find rent assistance resources for tenants and support for landlords. Funding from these programs focused on preventing evictions for households that experienced financial and health impacts due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs
Follow the linked buttons to see current resources and information, including state and local emergency rent assistance. The lower section describes past programs related to the CARES Act, all of which the applications have now closed.
We are tracking two audit reports and eight recommendations within the Bureau of Development Services. The reports assessed short-term rental regulation and the building permits system.