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Development Services Center

City Office
Development Services Center
1900 SW Fourth Avenue
First floor lobby
Portland, OR 97201
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Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. except Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon

The Development Services Center is designed to provide you with the services and expertise you'll need to complete Portland's permitting processes. Located at 1900 SW 4th Ave, First Floor, Portland, OR 97201, the DSC has street parking and parking garage options nearby and is accessible by Trimet.

  • All services are offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • We encourage visitors to arrive as early as possible within the service availability timeframes
  • As you arrive in the DSC, please check in at the front counter so we can assist you in accessing the services you require.
  • We also offer appointments to be made with certain staff for a fee. Request a DSC Time Certain appointment online.
  • All building permit submittals must be applied for in person. We do not accept mailed in applications.

Have questions? Call or visit the Development Services Center

We have staff to answer your permit process, land use, research and code questions. To Contact the Bureau of Development Services, please call one of the numbers listed below.

ServicePhone number
Permitting Services503-823-7357
Planning and Zoning503-823-7526
Plan Review503-823-1456
Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical Trade Permits503-823-7363
Sign Permits503-823-7996
Site Development503-823-6892
Structural Engineering503-823-1302
Permit Status via voicemail503-823-7000 (4)

Service Availability

ServiceMondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, FridaysThursdays
One & Two Family Residence Permit Intake
Intake for one and two-family residential projects requires a completed NSFR packet (new construction of Accessory Dwelling Units are included).
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Building Permit submittal
The First and Second Screen windows are open starting at 7:30 a.m. for submittal.

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Building Permit review
All BDS and interagency partner review counters open at 8 a.m. Make sure you allow time for BDS staff to complete their review by the close of business. If review is not completed by close of business, you will be required to return another business day to continue the process.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Trade Permits, Records, Sign Permits
You can purchase Simple Trade Permits online 24/7 for immediate scheduling of inspections the next business day.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Land Use Review Intake
It takes about an hour to finish the intake of a complete Land Use Review application.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.
General Customer Questions and Inquiries8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.
Interagency Partners (Bureau of Envinromental ServicesPortland Bureau of Transportation, and the Water Bureau)8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Permitting Services Center (2nd Floor at the 1900 Building)
Assists with Checksheet responses, as well as pickup and drop-off of facilities permits (FPP).
View our daily pre-issuance status list.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.8 a.m. to
12 p.m.
 Urban Forestry Tree Permits

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


12:30 to 3 p.m.

8 a.m. to
12 p.m.

Residential Permit Night
Staff from Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Water Bureau are available on the first and third Thursday evenings of the month.

--First and Third Thursday evenings of the month

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