Planning and Urban Development may not accept any applications if there is a delinquency on the Applicant or the location that the application is being applied for, in any of the following categories: Real Estate Tax, Personal Property Tax, Sewer Assessment, Portland Downtown District Assessment or Snow Removal. This information can be verified by contacting the City of Portland Treasury Office at 874-8660.
The Inspections Division is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s building, plumbing, electrical, housing, solid waste and land use codes. Enforcement is crucial to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Portland residents. Each year, the Inspection Division’s Permitting Team reviews thousands of building plans, and field staff conducts thousands of inspections to ensure quality construction, the safety of Portland’s housing and the proper use of the land. The Division has a staff of nine which last year performed more than 4500 field inspections. Last year, building permits were issued for more than $120 million in construction activity.
Field inspections are the best way to ensure quality construction and safe conditions on all commercial and large residential building projects. For greater efficiency, the Code Enforcement Officers are cross-trained to perform all types of field inspections including building location, foundation, framing, mechanical and final inspections. Each year, all of Portland’s food service establishments are inspected under a performance-based system. Those that receive marginal or unsatisfactory scores are re-inspected until a satisfactory score is achieved. To ensure the safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens, Code Officers perform pre-qualification housing inspections on all dwelling units receiving assistance through General Assistance rental vouchers. In addition to this regular work, hundreds of complaints are investigated and resolved each year.
|Building Permit Fees|
|Chimney Disclosure Form|
|Commercial Building Permit Process|
|Commercial Interior/Chg Use Application|
|Electrical Permit Application|
|Fire Suppression Systems|
|Hiring a Building Contractor|
|Home Construction Contract Sample|
|Home Occupation Permit|
|Kitchen Exhaust Check List|
|Lead-Safe Building Practices & Resources|
|Legalization of Nonconforming Dwelling Units|
|New Commercial Application|
|Outdoor Dining Application & Checklist|
|Pool Application & Checklist|
|Pool Barrier Code|
|Residential Additions / Alteration Application|
|Sign & Awning Permits|
|Staff Review Checklist|
|Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System|
|Tent / Canopy or Temporary Event Permit|