POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code and Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter City Charter Chapter 8 Contracts Article 1 Authorization
Section 8-104 When Written Contracts Required.

The City of Portland shall not be bound by any contract nor in any way liable thereon, unless the same is authorized by an ordinance and made in writing and signed by some person or persons duly authorized by the Council. But an ordinance may authorize any board, body, officer or agent to bind the City without contract in writing for the payment of any sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars ($20,000); such amount to be adjusted annually based on the average inflation rate for the Portland Metropolitan Area as determined from the U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, however, the Council may waive the written contract requirement when work, materials or supplies are necessary for an emergency involving public safety or health. [Ch. 1903, sec. 6; am. May 3, 1913, sec. 3; rev. 1914, sec. 148; 1928 pub., sec. 148; 1942 recod., sec. 8-105; rev. Nov. 6, 1962; am. Nov. 7, 1978; am. May 17, 1988; am. May 14, 1994.]

Chapter 8 Contracts
Article 1 Authorization