Construction Specifications

Construction Specifications
Specifications including standard specifications, PBOT and BES special provisions, construction specs, standard bid items, unique special provisions, boiler plates, general conditions, and Portland Fire & Rescue access and water supply standards
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August 30, 2023 Revised BES Special Provision Template

August 22, 2023 Bid Item List updated

June 23, 2023 Revised Special Provision Boiler Plate for Federal Aid Projects

May 18, 2023 Revised Special Provision Boiler Plate

The City of Portland Standard Construction Specifications apply to all public improvements and work in the city right-of-way. The book is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Portland Water Bureau (PWB), as well as the city's Procurement Services and the City Attorney's offices. The City Standard Construction Specifications are patterned after the 2018 ODOT/APWA Oregon Standard Specifications for Construction with modifications to accommodate the issues typical to the urban city environment. Special Provisions are updated on a regular basis and posted on this page when standard specifications needs to be modified.

Standard Specifications

PBOT Special Provisions

PBOT Unique Special Provisions

BES Special Provisions

Note: the BES Special Provisions Template is updated quarterly or on an as needed basis. It contains many of BES's most current special provisions and unique special provisions, however not all. For all BES Special Provisions, please contact Colleen Harold at Colleen.Harold@portlandoregon.g… or 503-823-5564 for information.

Requirements for Fire Department Access and Water Supplies

Fire & Life Safety Requirements for Fire Department Access and Water Supplies (PDF)

2010 Specifications

(Superseded by 2020 specifications. Only use the following for projects adhering to 2010 specifications.) 


If you have a question or need additional assistance, fill out the form at the following link: 

Engineering Services Standards Comment Form


Jason Grassman

Engineer III, PBOT Civil Engineering