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.
The six page guide is available to any organization or individual interested in extending a demolition delay period. Additional helpful resources are provided below:
- Sample Letter to Developer
- Residential Demolition Appeal Application
- City of Portland Demolition Delay Ordinance
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:
Visit our Neighborhood Preservation page for more information.