A guide to city departments in Portland, OR

We’re here to connect you with the right Portland city departments to address your needs.

A view of the front of Portland City Hall shows a tan building with a rotunda and columns

To go straight to the source, visit Portland City Hall.

Photo by M.O. Stevens

Whether you need to register to vote, inquire about residential services, or just stay in the know about civic happenings, we’re here to connect you with the right department in the city of Portland.

I want to adopt an animal.”

  • Animal Care and Services | Multnomah County Animal Services fosters dogs, cats, and other animals that are looking for a fur-ever home.

I want to explore Portland’s art scene.

How do I best prepare for a fire?

My garbage hasn’t been picked up.

I’d like to start a business.

I need help finding a place to live.

  • Housing Bureau | View affordable homes, rent assistance programs, and housing policies.
A sign reads Portsmouth Park and there are kids swinging and playing on a seesaw in the background.

Portsmouth Park has a playground and multiple sports fields.

Photo by Visitor7

Which parks are the best for ages 6-12?

  • Parks and Recreation | Discover local community events, volunteer opportunities, or nearby recreation centers.

I’d like to work for the city.

  • Human Resources | View the city’s employment opportunities and applicant resources.

What is going on with all this street construction?

  • Transportation | Learn about upcoming road work, reserve on-street parking, or report an abandoned vehicle.

“Where can I research historical records?”

And that’s not all. There are even more city departments to address your concerns — so let us know which ones you’re curious about and we’ll continue this series. Need urgent city services? Call 311.

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