POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code & Policies Portland Policy Documents
Policies & Rules (PPD)
PPD Overview and Procedures
Definitions and how to submit policies
Subject Index
PPD documents by subcategory
Archives & Records, Council, Elections, Ombudsman, Purchasing, Public Involvement & Management Systems
Arts & Culture
Cultural Resources, Historic Preservation and Sister Cities
Small Business
Education & Youth
Education & Youth related policies and rules
Emergency Management
Emergency planning and management
Environment (Built)
Assessments & Liens, Development Services, Green Building, Land Divisions , LIDs, Measure 37, Noise Control, Nuisance, Planning, Regulatory Improvement, Stormwater & Sewer, Urban Renewal Areas and Urban Services
Environment (Natural)
Endangered Species, Energy, Food, Global Warming, Natural Resource Protection, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Sustainability
Accounting, Budget, Financial Administration, Levies & Taxation, Treasury & Debt
FPDR Administrative Rules
Administrative rules adopted by the Fire & Police Disability & Retirement Fund Board and City Council
Affordable Housing & Homelessness
Human Resources
Human Resources related policies and rules
Licensing and Income Taxes
Business & Personal Income Taxes, Licenses, Private-for-Hire Transportation, Private Property Impound Tows
Parks & Recreation
Park Uses & Urban Forestry
Portland Fire & Rescue
Includes fire prevention policies and rules (category formerly named Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management)
Public Safety
Includes Police & Independent Police Review policies & rules
Technology Services
Technology Services related policies and rules
Parking, Right-of-Way, Street Lighting, Streets & Sidewalks, Traffic, Transportation Engineering, Transporation Options, Transportation Planning
Cable & Franchises, Water Works, Water Customer Service, Water System Engineering
Assorted Files
Assorted Files linked in PPD
Alphabetical Index
Alphabetical Index of Portland Policy Documents
Guide to PPD Indexing System

Each policy or rule in the PPD is assigned a unique alphanumeric document code number by the City Auditor. This document number is based on the document type, classification category, subcategory and policy or rule number. For example, the FY 2001-02 Supplemental Budget has the following document code number:
Document Type:
Represents this is a Binding City Policy
Represents this is a Financial Policy
Represents the first subcategory - Budget
Represents the rule number in this subcategory

City Code Chapter 1.07 provides that four types of documents are required to be filed in the PPD:
  1. Binding City Policies: statements of the City Council, expressed in a Resolution or Ordinance that have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision-making. 
    Document Type Prefix: BCP
  2. Non-Binding City Policies: statements of the City Council's opinion that do not have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision-making.
    Document Type Prefix: NCP
  3. Administrative Rules Adopted by Council: binding requirements, regulations, or procedures that are formally adopted by the City Council.
    Document Type Prefix: ARC
  4. Administrative Rules Adopted Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority: binding requirements, regulations or procedures that are formally adopted by a City official pursuant to rule-making authority expressly delegated by the Council. Administrative rule-making authority must be adopted by a binding resolution or ordinance.
    Document Type Prefix: ARB

City Code section 1.07.040 authorizes the City Auditor to organize the PPD by subject matter. Policies and rules filed for inclusion in the PPD are assigned by the Auditor to a classification category.  Classification categories are based on the general subject matter of the document. The letter based prefix system allows for flexibility and provides easy identification of policy categories. The Auditor will amend the category listing as necessary to provide for future growth.
Administration ADM
Arts & Culture
Economy ECN
Education & Youth EDY
Environment - Built ENB
Environment - Natural ENN
Finance FIN
Fire & Rescue FIR
Housing HOU
Human Resources BHR
Licensing LIC
Parks PRK
Public Safety PSF
Technology BTS
Transportation TRN
Utilities UTL
As rules are entered into the PPD, subcategories will also be assigned to allow easy identification of types of rules and policies.

The Auditor will publish the PPD on the Auditor's Office web page. Policies and rule will be indexed in a number of different ways:
Per Portland City Code Section 1.07.030 the Auditor will also maintain a paper copy of the PPD. Documents in the paper PPD will be indexed numerically by Category. The paper PPD will be available for review in the Auditor's Office during normal working hours.