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Environment

Taking care of our natural resources

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Appeal a City decision (other than a tow of a vehicle)

File an appeal with the City Auditor's Hearings Office to challenge an administrative decision made by the City of Portland. Examples of the types of cases: park exclusions, private for-hire permit denial or suspension, water or sewer billing

Apply for a brownfield cleanup loan

We offer flexible loans for eligible properties to perform environmental cleanup. Nonprofit organizations may be able to access these funds as grants. Receiving a brownfield cleanup loan is a lengthy process. Please contact our office for details about eligibility and requirements.

Apply for a brownfield grant

We offer financial assistance for eligible properties to receive environmental site assessment reports. Projects must demonstrate financial need and community benefit. Please give us a call to find out if your project is eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply for a Community Watershed Stewardship Program grant

If you have a project that benefits your community and the environment, you can apply for a Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grant of up to $12,000. The two-page pre-application for projects is due by 4 p.m. on the first Friday of February each year.

Apply for a general NPDES industrial stormwater permit

To get a 1200-Z or 1200-A general NPDES stormwater discharge permit for an industrial site in City limits, start here. We receive and process applications for general stormwater permits. The City is the authorized agent for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Apply for a native plant mini-grant

Mini-grants are available from the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP). These grants provide gift certificates for native plants that benefit the watershed. They are available to community groups or individuals. We accept and review applications year-round. Download the application here.

Apply for a Treebate

If you bought and planted a yard tree between September 1 and April 30, you may be eligible for a Treebate. The Treebate is a one-time rebate on your City of Portland sewer/stormwater/water utility bill for planting a tree.

Apply for an Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit

Your company may need a permit to discharge process wastewater to the City sewer. Download the Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit application here.

Become a Green Street steward

Register as a volunteer Green Street steward and help take care of Green Streets in your neighborhood. It takes only a few minutes to sign up and find available Green Streets to adopt. Thank you for helping us keep our rivers and streams clean.

Complete the Industrial and Commercial Environmental Survey

Your company may need a permit or other authorization to discharge wastewater into City sewers. To find out, first complete this environmental survey. We will review your completed survey and notify you if your company requires authorization or permit.

Make a complaint about a City bureau or office

The Ombudsman is your Rose City watchdog. We are here to make sure City government treats Portland residents and businesses fairly. We investigate complaints and identify ways to resolve them. As part of the City Auditor’s Office, we’re independent and impartial.

Register for Clean River Rewards

If the rain that runs off your roof, driveway, or parking lot safely soaks into the ground on your property instead of running into the storm drain or street, you may be eligible to receive a discount on your water/sewer/stormwater bill. Register for the Clean River Rewards program here.

Report a green street planter concern

Our green street planters can get clogged, littered with trash, or need maintenance. If you notice a problem with a green street planter, please notify us. We welcome your help in keeping our rivers and streams clean.

Report a sewer problem

If you have a sewer backup in your home or business or you notice sewage being released into the environment, call us to report it.

Report a spill or pollution

Call our hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report pollution or spills. For example: if someone is washing paint down a storm drain, or if you see a strange discharge coming from a pipe.

Report an invasive plant

Many invasive plant species are harmful to habitats and the environment. Environmental Services can help with removal of certain invasive plants. See a list of the plant species we can help with in the instructions below. If you find any of these plants, please report them.

Report graffiti

If you witness property being defaced, find out here how to report it.

Request a permit for sewer access

You must have prior permission to enter city stormwater, sanitary, or sewer systems. Environmental Services issues authorization. Use the form provided below.

Request a street tree inspection

"Street trees" are usually planted in the strip of property between a sidewalk and the street. Trees may be planted even if you don’t have a curb or sidewalk. Request an inspection to find out if your multi-family, commercial, or industrial property is eligible to receive a free street tree.

Request an administrative review

If you disagree with a decision you've received from the Bureau of Environmental Services, such as a enforcement notice or assessment, you may request an administrative review unless it is non-reviewable. In most cases, you have 20 business days after your notice was mailed to submit a request.

Request an application for Percent for Green

If your upcoming construction project manages stormwater runoff, it may qualify for green funds. We accept applications on May 1 and November 1 of each year. Request an application by contacting Environmental Services.

Request craft fermented beverage discharge authorization

Producers of craft fermented beverages such as kombucha, beer, wine, spirits, or other breweries or distillers, are required to apply for a discharge authorization. Download and submit the required forms here. Certification is due by October 1st of each year.

Submit mobile washer certification

The City prohibits mobile washing businesses from discharging washwater to the City's stormwater system. Submit an application for authorization to discharge to the City’s sanitary sewer system. As a condition of authorization to discharge, you must submit an annual certification of compliance.

Submit residential asbestos abatement and demolition certification

Wastewater discharges from asbestos removal or residential structure demolition must not enter the City stormwater system. For discharges into the sanitary sewer system, businesses must get prior authorization. Then you must certify compliance annually. Download and submit the required forms here.

Tour Columbia Boulevard water treatment plant

See Oregon's largest wastewater treatment plant in action. Free guided tours of the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant are offered 4 days each month. Tour requests must be made online and at least 7 days in advance.