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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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System Development Charges

If you are applying for a building permit for development in the City of Portland, system development charges (SDCs) may apply to your project. SDCs are one-time fees based on the proposed new use or increase in use of a property. They apply to both new construction and residential projects which increase impact to city infrastructure.

Note: Depending on the project, SDCs may increase a project's budget substantially. It is important to determine the impact of SDC fees as early as possible in the process.

There are four City of Portland bureaus who have approved SDC charges. To find out if the SDCs apply to your project, and how much they will be, please use the following handout: 

Bureau of Environmental Services - SDC - Service: Sewers - Contact: 503-823-7761

There is a sanitary sewer system SDC and a stormwater SDC.

Portland Parks and Recreation - SDC - Service: Residential development; park capital improvements - Contact: 503-823-5105

These are one-time fees assessed to new residential and some commercial development in Portland. The fees cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve new residential development.

Portland Bureau of Transportation - SDC - Service: Transportation Projects - Contact: 503-823-7002

You will be assessed an SDC if you receive a building permit from the City of Portland for new development or change the use of an existing building in a way that will generate additional trips to the site.

Water Bureau SDCs - Contact: 503-823-7368

The charge is based on the size of the meter installed and is assessed for all domestic and irrigation services. Fire lines are not assessed an SDC fee.

Joint Office of Homeless Services – Contact: 503-988-2525

Joint Office of Homeless Services administers SDC exemption for mass shelters and short-term housing.