Online Permit Services

Welcome to Citizen Self Service!

The City of Portland has a new online portal to make applying for permits and plans easier.  Review the instructions below to make sure you are ready to begin. All permits shall be submitted online via the City of Portland’s Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal. Online submission of permit applications will help to streamline application intake and will improve transparency for the permitting process. 

Please refer to the submission checklists and application forms listed below. Select the submission checklist that is applicable to the project and submit all required materials by following the instructions for How to Apply for a Permit through the Citizen Self Service portal. 

NOTE: Starting Monday, April 16, 2018, we will no longer accept permit applications via e-mail. Please submit applications through the new Citizen Self Service portal. Refer to the links below for instructions on how to apply for a permit through CSS. Thank you for helping us provide more efficient service. 

Additional Information


  • Have you registered at the Citizen Self Service portal? See instructions for How to Register with CSS.
  • Do you know what permit type will be necessary for your needs? Read about our Permit Types.
  • Have you read the instructions on submitting a permit? See how to Apply for DPW Permit.
  • Have you reviewed the required information you will need for your permit? Review Required Information.

Services Offered

  • Excavation Permits
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Solid Waste Bulky Item Pickup