POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Divisions Elections Election Law City Initiative Petition Procedures

Initiative Petitions


The initiative petition process provides citizens with a vehicle to refer legislation to a vote of the people. Initiatives may propose new legislation or make amendments to the City Code or Charter. After completing the prospective petition process, petitioners are able to begin the signature gathering process. If the required number of valid signatures are gathered, the measure will be placed on the ballot. If it passes with a majority of the vote, it becomes law.


The City initiative process is governed by the Oregon Constitution, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Portland City Charter and Portland City Code. 


NOTE: Only legislation which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Portland may be initiated through the City's initiative petition process. Citizens are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure that their intended legislation is under the jurisdiction of the City.




Article IV, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution, Section 3-201 of the Portland City Charter, and Section 2.04.040 of the City Code give citizens of the City of Portland the ability to initiate city legislation through the initiative petition process.

Please contact the City Elections Officer at 503-823-3546 for further information.


Describes in detail how to file an initiative petition - includes filing forms (Updated August 2014)

General Information regarding the City's Initiative Petition Process

Step-by-step description of the City Initiative Process

Information regarding the filing deadlines for initiative petitions

Information regarding the number of signature required to place an initiative petition on the ballot

Information regarding the general initiative process and required forms

City requirements and regulations governing the initiative petition process
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