Let's not even get into the exorbitant permit fees themselves...this rant is simply about being able to determine what those fees will be in advance. Yes, there are worksheets and reams of literature online to that purpose from C.O.P. Being the diligent professional, I have read them all, and that is no small feat. I have filled out the worksheets, and consulted over-the-counter for help. Then, many many hours of confusion later present my estimate to the client, only to have the ACTUAL fee be much, much more, every single time. Fees are levied I've never even heard of. And it is not just me, every building professional I know says the same. Seriously, how hard is it to collect all the fees in one, easy to understand, place? It is the least you could do for what we have to pay.
City of Portland Permit Fees
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