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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.
Call us at the number below if you have questions about requirements for discharges to the storm sewer system, or how to safely dispose of stormwater or other water or wastewater to the storm or sanitary sewer system.
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.
We investigate pollution going into or coming out of Portland's sewer and stormwater system. Call our hotline 24 hours a day, 7 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.
You must have prior permission to enter city stormwater, sanitary, or sewer systems. Environmental Services issues authorization. Use the Sewer & Drainage System Access Authorization Request Form here.
If you've received a decision from the Bureau of Environmental Services, such as an enforcement notice, penalty, or assessment, you may request a formal administrative review. In most cases, you have 20 business days after your notice was mailed to submit a request for administrative review.
If your upcoming construction project manages stormwater runoff, it may qualify for green funds. We review applications on May 1 and November 1 of each year. Request an application by contacting Environmental Services.
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).
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.
If the rain that falls on your property soaks into the ground instead of running into the storm drain or streets, you may be eligible to receive a discount on your water/sewer/stormwater bill. Register for the Clean River Rewards program here.
If you have a sewer backup in your home or business, call a plumber first to investigate the cause. If the plumber finds a problem in the line from your home to the street, the repair is the property owner's responsibility. If the problem is in the city sewer line, call to report it.
"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 here.
Craft fermented beverage producers, such as kombucha, beer, wine, spirits, or other breweries or distillers, are required to apply for a discharge authorization. Then you must certify compliance annually. Download and submit the required forms here. Certification is due by October 1st of each year.