Permit records are issued by Multnomah County for unincorporated areas and by their respective departments for cities. Permits records may show evidence of building, renovation, ground disturbing activities, and property configuration. City departments provide Certificates of Occupancy.
Note: ALL sewer permits for all of Multnomah County are managed by City of Portland.
General Portland Metropolitan Area :
Some historic permits can be found on Portland Maps. If they are available for the property you are searching, they will be under the "Historic Permits" link on the upper right portion of the screen.
The Bureau of Development Services issues permits for the City of Portland. Contact their Resource/Records Counter to obtain copies of permit records. Contact them at 503-823-7660 for more information. Additionally, their office provides a Self Service Information Center providing on-site computer access to City databases providing information about permits. For general information about permits, or to apply for new permits, call 503-823-7300.
Permit Services issues permits and provides access to records of existing permits. Their Historical Permits database provides information for building permits issued July 1992 through August 2005 and for land use permits issued July 1995 through August 2005. For permits issued after August 2005, the two categories are split into separate databases Permits Online and Planning and Zoning Online. Call them at 503-618-2845 for additional information or for assistance with their online systems.
Unincorporated Areas :
The Department of Land Use Planning for Multnomah County maintains records of permits for unincorporated areas in the County, including permits for building on unincorporated land. New building permits are provided by the closest city. All sewer permits are provided by City of Portland. Contact the Multnomah County Planner-on-Duty at 503-988-3043 for more information on permits for unincorporated areas in Multnomah County.
Call the Building Permits Office at 503-674-6202 for information about access to building permit or zoning records.
The Building Safety Department issues permits for the City of Troutdale and maintains records of these permits. Contact them at 503-674-7229.
Wood Village :
For information regarding permits, contact City Hall at 503-489-6861.