The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues "complex" temporary street use permits to close sidewalks, all types of travel lanes, or entire streets, and for reserving on-street parking needed for such closures, for things like construction, utility work, crane lifts, and tree trimming.
This application takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Permits are typically issued within 15 business days.
Determine the plan or diagram you will need to proceed
All complex temporary street use permits require a traffic control plan or a work space diagram. Determine which one you will need with this flow chart.
Prepare the appropriate plan or diagram
Confirm you meet insurance requirements and email your insurance documentation
We require that a certificate of insurance (COI) is on file naming the City of Portland as additionally insured prior to the issuance of the permit.
For more details, visit the Insurance Requirements page.
To avoid delays, you may wish to confirm with our insurance coordinator that your company has met this requirement.
Fill out your permit application
These permits are for the temporary use or closure of sidewalks, any type of travel lane, including bike lanes, or the entire street. To reserve on-street parking on the same block as the closure because that parking is needed to facilitate the use or closure, include this request on the same application.
There are two complex applications, one for short-term requests (less than 4 weeks), and one for long-term requests of 4 weeks or more. Please fill out the appropriate form at the link:
Wait for processing and review
Once we receive your completed application with all the necessary information, we will do an initial review of your request. When this initial review is complete, we will send you an email update, which will include a fee estimate and a proposed date of issuance.
We will then assign your request to be reviewed by our traffic engineers. During their review, they may contact you for more information or to notify you of changes to your proposed plan.
Pay for your permit
When the permit has been reviewed and approved, we will email you a link to pay online by a certain due date. The permit can be paid for with credit card or electronic check. For pricing information, explore our current fee schedule.
Receive your permit
When payment confirmation is received, we will email you your permit copy and any supporting documents within a business day. This is not automated; you will typically receive your permit within one business day of your payment.