Builders and City Inspectors at WorkBuilding Division

The Building Division administers the building codes and related ordinances adopted by City Council and the State of Oregon to safeguard life and property by regulating building construction. Services include issuing construction-related permits and providing plan review and inspection services for building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical construction in the city and unincorporated Multnomah County.

Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month. The City, in conjunction with the International Code Council, is celebrating a 36-year legacy of leadership in building safety by offering our residents a month's worth of tips for living more safely and comfortably. 

Check out the City's Building Safety Month page to get tips and resources about increasing the safety and livability in your home and community.

When is a Permit Needed?

HouseTo construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system

Permit services 

Frequently asked questions 


Licensed Contractors

Licensed ContractorsBe sure your contractor is licensed. This includes painting, roofing, carpentry, siding, floor covering, windows, insulation, concrete, and most other construction and repair services.

Avoid remodeling, repair and construction problems 


Schedule an Inspection

InspectionsSchedule, cancel, or review the status of building inspections online or by phone.

Permit inspections 

Building Construction Handouts

PlansForms, code references, standard drawings, and informational brochures related to development in our community

Building construction handouts 

Electronic plan (ePlan) review