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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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General Information


Click on the following items to learn more about the programs and services available to you.

Resource/Records Counter

Building and property information available for the public to review.

Permit Processing Flowchart

Find out more about the review process for your permit.

Find your permit type

Information types of work proposed and if a permit is needed.

How to Write Your Appeal

The appeal process deals with issues related to the various construction codes in effect in the City and provides a review process for proposals using alternate methods and materials of construction.

Permits for Alternative Technology

Alternative technologies that don't meet building code requirements or haven't been tested by a code-approved agency may be submitted to the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee for review and recommendation.

Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Information

Please note that any building-related activities, such as renovations, repairs, painting, and demolitions, may be subject to regulations governing the handling, removal and/or disposal of asbestos and lead-based paint.

Who Can Cancel the Permit and What Do We Do with Plans?

Informational chart explaining who can cancel permits and what BDS does with plans.