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City of Portland Early Assistance and Public Works Inquiry Changes

Effective July 1, 2013, the City of Portland will offer a more integrated set of options for development early assistance so customers do not have to sign up for multiple meetings to get information about their project from relevant bureaus. As part of these changes, the Public Works Inquiry will only be available for projects with 1-2 housing units and no anticipated Land Use reviews or Property Line Adjustments. Early Assistance options that include BDS Planning and Zoning as well as Public Works staff will be available for all other projects. A summary of the Early Assistance options and costs is included below.


Early Assistance Type


City Reviewers

Meeting and

written notes provided

No meeting,

written notes provided

           Pre-application conference

Required for Type III and Type IV land use reviews

Land use services, Transportation, Environmental Services, Water, others as needed


           Design Commission Advice Request

Presentation at Design Commission

Land use services, Design Commission


           Early Assistance Zoning and Infrastructure Bureaus

Land use services, Transportation, Environmental Services, Water



          Early Assistance Zoning Only

Land use services



          Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check

  1-2 housing units

  All other development

Land use services



        Public Works Inquiry for 1-2 housing units

No land use review or property line adjustment expected

Transportation, Environmental Services, Water


In addition, all Early Assistance and Public Works Inquiries will use the same application form, available July 1 on the BDS website ( and will be accepted in the Development Services Center on the 1st floor at 1900 SW 4th Ave. Please note that PW Inquiry applications will no longer be accepted on the 5th floor.

If you have any questions about these changes to the current Public Works Inquiries, please contact Public Works Permitting at 503-823-1987 or BDS Planning and Zoning at 503-823-7526.

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