Portland's Public Works Permit Process
STEP 1 – Public Works Inquiry and Project Scope
Successful public works permit projects begin with good information about the goals of proposed private development, the conditions and characteristics of the development site, the availability of existing public utilities and infrastructure, and the need for public works improvements to serve the development.
Portland’s public works bureaus ensure a good start to each project by requiring a meeting with you to share information and develop a clear understanding of your proposed project and its public works and infrastructure requirements. The City offers two kinds of meetings at this early stage of project planning:
Basic Inquiry Meeting. You meet with a public works permit manager to review a standardized summary report of the public works improvements that will be required to serve your property based on information you provide with your meeting request. Your meeting request is reviewed by each of the public works bureaus. At the meeting, you will receive information about the permitting process and a summary of site-specific issues for you to consider. The City charges $150 per meeting, submitted with your meeting request.
Detailed Consultation Meeting. You and your development team meets with the entire City review team, including representatives from each of the public works bureaus. The meeting focuses on the findings of a detailed report about the public works improvements that will be required to serve your property based on the information you provided with your meeting request. At the meeting, you will receive a comprehensive information about your project and the permitting process. The City charges $3,000 per meeting, submitted with your meeting request.
SPECIAL NOTE: You may satisfy this first step if you have completed one of the following: (1) a pre-application conference for a development permit; or (2) a land use review process resulting in a land use decision.