Datasets > Building Permits

Category Economic Development
Agency City of Portland
Sub-Agency Development
Date Released February 2, 2010
Date Updated February 24, 2010
Frequency Daily

The report contains important information on the progress of a permit or land use review application, and other case types such as housing, noise, nuisance, code compliance, or violation. Permits data from previous 365 days, updated nightly.

Agency Program City of Portland / Development
Technical Documentation Building Permits (metadata)
mpowlison :: April 6, 2011 - 12:11pm

The data only goes up to 2009 permits. What about more recent stuff? When will this be updated? Is there another place to see this information in any other formats?

rnixon :: April 6, 2011 - 1:07pm

This dataset is updated daily. The latest CSV file shows a timestamp of 4/6/2011 1:30am. Are you accessing the file via "Download Dataset"?

bweis :: March 16, 2012 - 1:33pm


geoff :: November 20, 2012 - 8:27am

Can we get Latitude and Longitude columns in decimal format added to the data?

lokkju :: July 26, 2013 - 10:40am

Bug report: this CSV is generated without escaping or doubling quotes that are inside fields. This leads to it not verifying properly. It looks like essentially all instances of this are '"Prepare "RFR""', which should be either '"Prepare \"RFR\""' or '"Prepare ""RFR"""' depending on the method chosen to escape quotes.

margaret@sightl... :: October 30, 2015 - 4:06pm

What are the criteria for what is included in this data set? Does it include every building permit the City of Portland has ever issued? Or every permit from the last 5 years, with some from previous years? Thanks!

skoema :: November 2, 2015 - 11:33am

The download contains all permits issued by the City in the last year. So, yes, every building permit. It's updated nightly, so it's always a one-year snapshot. Hope that helps! Working on a more complete permit history, downloadable as GIS data or accessible via an API.

sjett :: January 7, 2016 - 8:53am

Metadata link points to the Building Footprints metadata, not the Building Permits metadata.

rnixon :: January 7, 2016 - 9:44am

Link to metadata has been corrected. Thank you.

joshaller :: April 23, 2016 - 12:02am

I see this dataset is supposed to be updated daily but the dataset does not contain any permits from 2016. Can we get this going again -- We need this data!

rnixon :: April 25, 2016 - 11:06am

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The dataset is now up to date.

brandonnyo :: May 17, 2016 - 3:40pm

Hello I'mm working with UCSC and doing work on parking spaces, is there another file which has more detailed permit data ie how many parking spaces are created? Also it seems that a lot of the permits are missing whether or not new parking is being added, is this the correct data to be looking for this information? Thank you in advance for all your help!

tfking :: October 6, 2016 - 2:23pm

HI- I'm wondering when the dataset will be updated again? It seems to only go through April 2016. Much appreciated!

rnixon :: October 7, 2016 - 9:30am

Current timestamp reflects 10/4/2016.

CVendegna :: February 24, 2017 - 5:29pm

It looks like this data has not been updated since April 2016. Is there a way to get more current data? Thanks!