Residential Demolition Requirements in Portland

Are you planning a demolition project on your residential property? As of December 1, 2020, demolition rules for the city of Portland have been updated. All forms of demolition will require one demolition permit per structure, even if the buildings are on the same property. Additionally, only Certified Deconstruction Contractors are permitted to complete demolition. These contractors are trained in the correct methods to disassemble homes and identify any salvageable materials for reuse.


These rules also apply to lead and asbestos requirements prior to demolition. The requirements include submitting an asbestos survey unless one has already been completed for the residence. If you plan on demolishing a building or portion of a building built before 1978, the contractor must address any lead-based paint. Additionally, to meet lead dust clearance levels, dust suppression techniques must be implemented.

These are just a few examples of the updates made to residential demolition rules in Portland. Learn more about these updates, find links to applicable forms and documents, and read all of the new demolition requirements here. To view the demolition administrative rule, click here.


To help you meet these updated demolition requirements and make sure your work is being done correctly, Healthy Home provides reliable, affordable asbestos and lead testing for Portland-area residents, homeowners, and rental properties. Our technicians are available to answer any questions you may have, and our services are certified in Oregon. To learn more about asbestos and lead testing or schedule an appointment, click here.

Dan Rouse