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Enhanced Service Districts

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In Portland, property and business owners fund extra services such as trash cleanup, graffiti removal, community safety and business development through the City’s Enhanced Service District program. A significant part of Portland’s core is represented by three existing service districts. 

Portland's Enhanced Service Districts

A map showing the boundaries of Portland's three Enhanced Service Districts

Central Eastside Industrial District
Established in 2019, the Central Eastside Industrial District includes more than 200 businesses, nonprofits and other organizations operating within the Central Eastside area.

Downtown Portland Clean & Safe
Portland's oldest of three Enhanced Service Districts, Clean & Safe serves a 213-block area of downtown Portland, that includes businesses, retail locations and residences. 

Lloyd District
Established in 2001, the Lloyd Enhanced Service District supports an area that includes residents, employers and commuters.  

About Enhanced Service Districts

To form a district, property owners must vote, receive the City’s approval and establish a nonprofit organization to manage their extra services. Properties within the district pay fees, which the City distributes to the nonprofit to provide the agreed-upon services.

Enhanced Service Districts are governed by City code. The City Council approves a management agreement for each district outlining roles, responsibilities and services. Every district is required to participate in a periodic “sunset review,” when the City Council conducts public hearings to determine whether the district should continue. A district can be terminated anytime if property owners who collectively contribute more than 33 percent of the total revenue submit written objections.

Property owners within the Enhanced Service Districts pay the property management license fee. The City's Revenue Division collects these fees. Enhanced Service District property management activities are defined by City code, although some of the terms used in City Code may differ from more common terminology. Though the City collects these fees, it does not manage the individual districts. For more information on fees, licensing, billing information and appeals, please visit the Revenue Division's Enhanced Service Districts page.

Enhanced Service District Audit

An audit conducted in August 2020 by the Portland City Auditor provided recommendations for more City oversight by reviewing each district’s purpose and the City’s responsibility, along with revisiting district agreements. The Auditor also recommended the City develop guidelines for district formation, governance, and management to ensure public input, transparency and accountability by the districts and their service providers.

In response to the Audit, Portland City Council directed the Office of Management and Finance to carry out the Enhanced Service District review along with the evaluation of residential properties' role in paying the management license fees, which fund the districts. 

A program assessment initiated in 2022 provided an opportunity to more carefully consider the significance of the City's Enhanced Service Districts and how the evaluation process can best address audit recommendations, inform program administration and serve the communities in and around each district—current and future. In summer 2023, following a competitive procurement process, BDS Planning & Urban Design was selected to complete the assessment of Portland’s Enhancement Service District program and prepare recommendations for Portland City Council by early 2024.  

A graphic showing a late 2023 through early 2024 timeline for the Enhanced Service Districts Program assessment process

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