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BDS promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Apr 18
Stop by the lobby outside our Development Services Center today until 2PM for the Easterseals Oregon BloomFest! We’re selling tulip bunches from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm to raise money for Easterseals programs for children and adults living with disabilities or special needs.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Apr 9
Are you a contractor who performs routine alterations/additions on 1-2 family dwellings/structures or constructs ADUs? Are you a homeowner looking for a contractor for your home remodeling project? The Field Issuance Remodel program might be right for you!
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Apr 8
⚠️ Job Opening: Risk Specialist II | $5,278 - $8,781/mo, Open Period: 4/8/19 - 4/22/19 (or when 75 applications are received) | Click on the link to see info-session dates/times:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Apr 4
📗 New Code Guide for Conducting Slope Hazard Evaluations Effective May 28, 2019
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Apr 3
📝 Deadline to Finalize ADU Permits Submitted for Review Prior to July 31, 2018 is June 30, 2020
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 29
🆕 Simple Bathroom Permits 🆕 Beginning April 1, 2019, BDS will launch a new program to simplify bathroom permits for small projects. This will allow an applicant to submit a standard building permit application through email. (No drawings required)
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 28
Replying to @oakfive @PortlandBEM
Hi Nathan, the FEMA guidelines are located here: and BDS has a page about seismic strengthening as well:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 28
Are you interested in seismically retrofitting your home? is offering a FREE training on FEMA retrofit guidelines for detached single-family wood-frame dwellings on Apr. 23, 2019 at the Water Bureau Interstate Auditorium. Flyer & Registration:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 21
🗨️ From our bureau partner : Portland’s Design overlay zones are getting an update, and project staff wants your input. The project’s Discussion Draft has launched, and public comments are welcome through April 12, 2019.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 19
Come on, Portland! We can aim higher too. Mjøstårnet in Norway becomes world's tallest timber tower via
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Mar 13
📰 Latest Edition of Plans Examiner (March 2019) -
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Portland Bureau of Transportation Feb 26
PBOT Travel Advisory: warns of potential snow in Portland area late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, affecting morning commute. Full advisory at
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 24
❄️ On Monday, February 25, the Development Services Center will open to the public at 10 a.m. due to inclement weather. Drive safely! ❄️
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 20
: Thinking about a project and want to know what it will take to make it happen? Come into the Development Service Center (DSC) and we will get you connected to our staff for a free 15-minute consultation.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 15
🏗️ How do some Portland architects view the City’s design review process? Dave Otte ( Portland Urban Design Panel and ) calls it “central to our success.” Watch the video in this article:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 15
ℹ️ Reminder - BDS offices will be closed this coming Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents' Day.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 13
: Preparing application forms before coming into the Development Service Center can save you time. Here's where to find forms:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 13
ℹ️ BDS offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents' Day. Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) will be available through our website:
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 13
🌧️ During periods of excessive rainfall/snow/ice melt, many areas in Portland face a higher risk for flooding. To help prevent localized flooding, BDS is recommending that storm drains are cleared to allow for sufficient erosion control or water drainage.
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Portland Bureau of Development Services Feb 7
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