Guide to Requesting Delay Extensions for Proposed Residential Demolitions

A demolition delay period allowed for the 1890 Raywoth House to be saved on an alternate site.

A demolition delay period allowed for the 1890
Rayworth House to be saved on an alternate site.
The City of Portland now allows for up to 95 days
of delay for houses proposed for demolition.

In April 2015, the City of Portland adopted new rules governing demolitions in the city’s single-family residential zones. These rules allow the public to request an additional delay period for the purpose of saving significant houses from demolition. Because the process can be confusing, a citizen guide has been created to provide step-by-step instructions for individuals and organizations seeking to save a house from demolition.

The City of Portland requires a 35-day delay and notification period for all applications to significantly alter or demolish residential structures in residential zones. An additional 60-day delay may be granted for demolition proposals. Approval of the 60-day extension requires 1) a “complete” application and 2) a favorable ruling by a Code Hearings Officer. Extension requests can be made by any party for a $1,318 fee. The fee is waived for applications submitted by neighborhood associations or coalitions.

Demolition Guide

A PDF of the demolition delay
extension guide.

The six page guide is available to any organization or individual interested in extending a demolition delay period. Additional helpful resources are provided below:

To-date, three applications for demolition delay extensions have been approved by the City’s Code Hearings Officer. Those applications are provided below for reference:

Thanks are owed to the Architectural Heritage Center, United Neighborhoods for Reform, and a working group of citizens who contributed to the creation of the guide.

Visit our Neighborhood Preservation page for more information.

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