Permitting & Inspections

The Department of Permitting and Inspections serves as a one-stop permitting, licensing, and inspections shop, which centralizes services and reduces wait times. The Council approved the creation of the new department at its March 7, 2016 meeting. The department oversees building permits, business licensing, housing safety, and restaurant health inspections.

The Department is also responsible for the enforcement of the City’s building, plumbing, electrical, housing, solid waste and land use codes. Enforcement is crucial to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Portland residents. Each year, the the Department's Permitting Team reviews thousands of building plans, and field staff conducts thousands of inspections to ensure quality construction, the safety of Portland’s housing and the proper use of the land. 

If you are a disabled patron wishing to access the Inspections Division during regular business hours please use the intercom system on the 3rd floor before the stairs and staff will assist you. You may also call ahead at 874-8703 to request a meeting in a room that is handicapped accessible.