Building Codes

2018 International Codes

The Building Codes Department has now adopted the 2018 International Codes. This adoption took effect on Monday, December 14, 2020. All permits issued on or after this date will be permitted and inspected by the 2018 International Codes. If you have a permit that was issued prior to December 14, 2020, you will continue to be inspected under the 2009 International Codes.

Permitting Portal

Effective immediately, all commercial and industrial building permits and plans must be submitted through the City of Portland IDT Portal. You must register for your account at the IDT Portal website and follow the procedures for submitting your projects for review.

Department Overview

The Building Codes Department issues many types of permits within the city limits of Portland. These permits include but are not limited to:

  • New construction
  • Remodels
  • Demolition
  • Swimming pools
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Fire protection
  • Moving
  • Firework stands
  • Use and occupancy permits

This process typically includes plan review, permit issuance, and inspections of these projects. The department is also responsible for the adoption and enforcement of codes relating to plumbing, mechanical and structural for both new and existing construction.

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Call 811, or 800-351-1111.