Building & Development Services

The City of Portland is growing at the rate of about 2.5 percent each year. The City's Development Services Department is charged with developing and implementing a workable plan to manage that growth.

Development in Portland is regulated to promote the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. Providing a consistent and streamlined approach ensures a fair application of ordinances and regulations.

To that end, every project in the City of Portland must:

  1. Undergo thorough inspections while under construction
  2. Be on a properly platted lot
  3. Have a valid site and/or building permit
  4. Have the proper zoning for the intended use
  5. Receive a certificate of occupancy

These five tasks are administered through our planning and zoning, permitting and inspection processes.