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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the official web site of the City of Portland, Oregon

General Information: 503-823-4000


1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Permit Process Overview

Public Works permit refers to the permitting of privately funded public improvements from one or more of the three infrastructure bureaus (the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Bureau of Transportation, and the Portland Water Bureau.)

The projects provide water services, storm and sanitary drainage facilities and transportation improvements for the benefit of the public.

These projects are generally constructed by a private developer and upon completion and acceptance by the city, these facilities become public assets.

A Public Works permit can be generated by one of the four processes listed on the diagram below.

  • Public Works Early Assistance
  • Land Use Requirement
  • Building Plan Review Requirement
  • Or an Inquiry Requirement

Once a requirement is made to initiate a public works process, one or more of the public works bureaus may require improvements to the public right-of-way.

Please use the forms available on this site to request meetings or submit plans at inquiry, concept development, design development or plan review.

permit process diagram