Edition: Vol. 07, No. 07
Edition date: July 24, 2014

 

Important information from the Oregon Building Codes Division to local building departments.

News Updates - July 24, 2014


Chief Building Official: Helping Promote Statewide Consistency

Last year the Building Codes Division announced the appointment of a Chief Building Official for the State of Oregon. Like the individual program chiefs, the Chief Building Official (CBO) is a resource for jurisdictions to help assist in the consistent application of the building inspection program. Richard Rogers, former Structural Program Chief, took on the new position to help provide statewide code administrative consistency in much the same way that the program chiefs have assisted the industry and jurisdictions in obtaining statewide consistency for technical code provisions.

The Chief Building Official has assisted jurisdictions by providing opinions and guidance on minimum requirements for building inspection program administration. He has also helped the division establish and maintain consistent interpretations of the division’s consistent form and fee methodology. The CBO position is a part of the division’s goal to create a predictable and flexible construction environment by coordinating the division’s actions with the 130 plus jurisdictions that administer the code. For additional information, or for questions on program administration, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472.

Building Program Data Request Form/
Memorandum of Agreement – UPDATE

Last month, the division included a newsletter article about two new documents sent to each jurisdiction the first week of July – the Building Program Data Request form and Memorandum of Agreement. The following explanation will provide more detail about these two documents which the division will send to each jurisdiction annually:

1. Building Program Data Request Form – This form will help the division gather fiscal year data (FY 2012-2013) for building programs statewide (permits, plans review, inspections, number of employees, budgets and intergovernmental agreements). Please fill out the form with all the applicable information currently available in the building inspection program. If the information is unavailable for the past fiscal year, please plan to gather this information for the next fiscal year.

2. Memorandum of Agreement – Based upon guidance from the division’s Assistant Attorney General, the division is now requesting that each building inspection program sign a memorandum of agreement to formalize the delegation of authority from the state to jurisdictions choosing to operate a building inspection program.

Contact Brett Salmon, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-7613, if you have any questions.

Specialized Plumbing Inspector Clarification

A series of questions regarding the scope of the Specialized Plumbing Inspector certification (SPI) prompted the division to issue a clarification. The SPI was developed in 2011 by the division with jurisdictions and industry to provide more flexible tools for meeting inspection needs. Like all the specialized certifications, it allows for limited commercial or multidisciplinary inspections by inspectors without A-level certification. For additional information, contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Building Official and Inspector Training Update

2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and Plumbing Specialty Code Change Class
BCD plans live OESC Code Change and OPSC Code Change classes around the state later this summer. Electrical and plumbing inspectors of all levels, including Special Electrical Inspectors (SEI) and Specialized Plumbing Inspectors (SPI) are required to attend.

Registration: Building Officials must sponsor all jurisdictional participants. Each building official can send a list of approved persons with both their name and email address to: dana.c.fischer@state.or.us.

OREGON ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY CODE TRAINING DATES
August 6
2014 Oxford Suites
2400 SW Court Place
Pendleton, OR 97801
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

August 7
Local 290 Training Center
2161 SW First, Suite 101
Redmond, OR 97756
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

August 13
Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Training Center
20210 SW Teton Avenue
Tualatin, OR 97062
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

August 14
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

August 19
Lane Community College
Center for Meeting and Learning, Room 226
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Registration: 8:30 a.m.)

August 20
Smullin Center @ Rogue Valley Medical Center
Lecture 1, Lower Auditorium
2825 E. Barnett Road
Medford, OR 97504
(Take Barnett Road to Medical Center Drive, Smullin Center
in front, next to FREE Parking Garage)

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

August 28
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

September 11
Online Electrical Course GoToWebinar
(You will receive login instructions when registration is confirmed.)
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Login time: 8:00 a.m.)

September 18
Salishan Lodge
7760 Hwy 101 North
Lincoln City, OR 97388
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

OREGON PLUMBING SPECIALTY CODE TRAINING DATES
August 6
Oxford Suites
2400 SW Court Place
Pendleton, OR 97801
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

August 7
Local 290 Training Center
2161 SW First, Suite 101
Redmond, OR 97756
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

August 13
Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Training Center
20210 SW Teton Avenue
Tualatin, OR 97062
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

August 14
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

August 19
Lane Community College
Center for Meeting and Learning, Room 226
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Registration: 1:30 p.m.)

August 20
Smullin Center @ Rogue Valley Medical Center
Lecture 1, Lower Auditorium
2825 E. Barnett Road
Medford, OR 97504
(Take Barnett Road to Medical Center Drive, Smullin Center
in front, next to FREE Parking Garage)

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

August 28
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

September 17
Online Plumbing Course GoToWebinar
(You will receive login instructions when registration is confirmed.)
MORNING SESSION
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Login time: 8:00 a.m.)

September 18
Salishan Lodge
7760 Hwy 101 North
Lincoln City, OR 97388
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration: 1:00 p.m.)

2014 OSSC/OMSC Code Change Class – Last Chance!

The Oregon Structural/Mechanical Specialty Code Change class is required for all structural and mechanical inspectors. If you have not attended this class yet, there is one FINAL live class (must attend in-person) at the end of the summer in order to get the OSSC/OMSC Code Change requirement.

September 24
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC)
Continuing Education Requirements

During the OSSC Code Change class, BCD announced that completion of this course meets the OIC continuing education requirements for 2014. Likewise, attendance at either the OESC Code Change or OPSC Code Change classes will meet the OIC continuing education requirements for 2014.

For more information about training dates and or registration please contact Dana Fischer at 503-373-7509 or go to the BCD Training page.

New Blog Posting

Check out the Better Buildings for Oregon new blog posting about the anticipated growth of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle fueling stations. The number of vehicles fueled by CNG in Oregon is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years. While structural and electrical permits are required for constructing a new CNG fueling station, regulations for the storing, compressing, dispensing and maintaining CNG fueling stations, are contained in the Fire Code. For additional information on permitting CNG fueling station buildings and structures, contact Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Code Change Updates

Structural Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The public process for the 2014 OSSC is complete, the publisher is reviewing the draft code and it is available for pre-order. There is a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory (July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014). The provisions of the 2014 OSSC are mandatory October 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents, please view the committee webpage. For additional code information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The public process for the 2014 OMSC is complete, the code is at the printers and it is available for pre-order. There is a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory (July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014). The 2014 OMSC becomes mandatory October 1, 2014. The committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents are available on the committee webpage. For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Efficiency Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The public process for the 2014 Energy Efficiency provisions is complete and the code is available for purchase. There is a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory (July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014). The provisions of the 2014 OEESC become mandatory October 1, 2014. The committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents are available on the committee webpage. For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code
Adoption Process Begins

The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. The time period for submitting code change proposals ended on May 15, 2014. The code adoption and amendment process is summarized here. Committee meetings are held this summer, but dates are not yet chosen. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015. For additional information, contact Tyler Larson, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-1227 or Kevin Perdue, Boiler Program Chief, at 503-373-7499.

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013 and the code committee met on February 19, 2014. The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on May 9, 2014. The division anticipates the code available to the public in early September 2014 with an October 1, 2014, adoption date. For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Plumbing Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013, and the final meeting was held on February 26, 2014. The State Plumbing Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on April 20, 2014. The division held a public hearing on June 17, 2014 and accepted written comments on the code until June. The division anticipates the code available to the public in early September 2014 with an anticipated October 1, 2014, adoption date. For additional information, contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The Electrical and Elevator Board reviewed and approved the code change recommendations made by the OESC Committee on February 27, 2014. The division held a public hearing on June 17, 2014 and accepted written comments until June 20, 2014. Approved code amendments are tentatively available later this month. The anticipated effective adoption date is October 1, 2014. For additional information, contact Shawn Haggin, Electrical Program Assistant Chief, at 503-378-5838.

Enforcement

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the State Plumbing Board
Summary report: These cases were resolved by the division's enforcement section without going to a contested case hearing. No action was required by the State Plumbing Board.

Plumbing Final Order

Conditioned Plumbing License


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