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Public improvement requirements used by PBOT Development Review can be found on this page.
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Right-of-Way Improvement Requirements for Land Use Reviews or Building Permits

Overview of how to determine what street and sidewalk improvements will be triggered as part of a development proposal. Improvement requirements can be triggered by Land Use Reviews or Building Permits.

Transportation System Plan

The Transportation System Plan is the 20-year plan to guide transportation policies and investments in Portland by:

  • Supporting the City’s commitment to Vision Zero by saving lives and reducing injuries to all people using our transportation system

  • Helping transit and freight vehicles to move more reliably

  • Reducing, carbon emissions and promoting healthy lifestyles

  • Keeping more money in the local economy, as we spend less on vehicles and fuel

  • Creating great places

Pedestrian Design Guide

New Pedestrian Design standards go into effect July 1, 2022.  

PBOT Development Review Manual to Creating Public Streets and Connections

The PBOT Development Review Manual to Creating Public Streets and Connections, also known as the Bluebook, can be found under TRN-1.09 -Design Standards for Public Streets. 

TRN 1.22- Infill Development on Streets with an Existing Sidewalk Corridor

Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC)

The Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC) is a charge on new infill development occurring on these streets in single-dwelling residential zones. The LTIC provides a more predictable and simple option for developers to meet their obligations.

Sidewalk & Frontage Improvements | What Kind of Permit Do I Need? | The City of Portland, Oregon

Utility Vault Permitting and Leasing for Development

PBOT's process for reviewing potential electric utility vaults (UV) or structures for the benefit of the adjacent property owner within the public ROW.

Public Works Alternative Review Process

Public Works (PW) Alternative Reviews apply to the City requirements for improvements made to the public right of way as part of a Public Works Permit.

Driveway Standards

Standards for Driveway access for rights-of-way controlled by the City of Portland. Driveway standards are codified in Title 17.28.110 - Driveways Permits and Conditions.

Please note:  New standards were adopted 11-17-2021 and will go into effect 1-1-2022.  If you plan on submitting your permit on or after Jan 1, 2022, please review the new driveway code at the page for Council Ordinance 190604.  Exhibit A is the new code and Exhibit B is the new administrative rule which contains the substantive driveway standards.  

Driveway Design Exceptions

If a project cannot meet the requirements but would still like to seek vehicular access, a Driveway Design Exception can grant an exception to the standards. Specific requirements can be found in City Code Title 17.28.110- Driveways- Permits and Conditions and Transportation Administrative Rule TRN 10.42- Access Requirements for Parking Structures.

Encroachment Policy

TRN-8.08 - Encroachments in the Public Right-of-Way and the accompanying Encroachment Manual encompass a multi-year effort with significant public outreach and involvement to document Portland Bureau of Transportations policies related to private encroachments into the public right of way. The Portland Bureau of Transportation may allow for a private encroachment into the public right-of-way under certain conditions by approving an encroachment permit. Encroachment permits are revocable and considered temporary. (Encroachments must be removed from the public right-of-way upon notice by the City Engineer.

Traffic Impact Studies

A Traffic Impact Study (TIS) may be required to demonstrate the applicable land use review approval criteria are met.  A TIS may also be needed to address operational or safety issues.  Please note that many intersections in the City have limited capacity and may not be able to accommodate area growth plus the proposed land use without mitigation.