Engineering & Technical Standards Administrative Rule Public Comment Period

Public Notice
Providing clarity, transparency, and guidance for work around Portland Water Bureau assets.

Whether it is a new development, road or sewer improvement project, or other new infrastructure in the right-of-way, there are many requirements and increasing challenges to find space and to be able to do the work in a timely manner. The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) has developed an Engineering and Technical Standards Administrative Rule with the intent of providing a clear and concise compilation of existing PWB standards, as well as submittal guidelines to facilitate faster and more complete permit reviews for public works, private property development, and utility infrastructure projects.

Why is the PWB Engineering Administrative Rule needed?

  • To consolidate existing PWB Engineering standards and policies into one complete document, for both community and professional use
  • To provide consistent and transparent application of PWB Engineering Standards across all design and construction projects, whether they are in the public or private sectors
  • To provide a convenient and easy-to-use design tool to help both public and private sectors navigate the complex regulations governing the public water system
  • To establish a transparent Design Exception process for when construction or space limitations in the right of way conflict with the adopted Engineering Standards

Who benefits from the PWB Engineering Administrative Rule?

  • PWB and Citywide planning and design staff, who can easily access Engineering Standards and apply them consistently across both public- and private-sector projects
  • PWB and Citywide construction staff, who can apply these standards in the field when unforeseen circumstances arise, minimizing delays
  • The Development Community, who can use the Rule as a design tool to meet existing Engineering Standards, thereby minimizing delays in the permit approval process
  • Anyone wanting to understand the complexity of public water system regulations and the source of the required engineering or health regulations

How can I participate?

You can read the draft Engineering and Technical Standards Administrative Rule below and then participate in a virtual Public Hearing from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 via Zoom.

The Portland Water Bureau will accept public comments for this Administrative Rule until 5 p.m. Friday, May 20. Comments can be submitted via email to Water Bureau staff will review the comments.

Click here to attend the virtual Public Hearing from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18