News Updates - December 3, 2008
just the facts
BCD's enforcement officers were out in the field with representatives
from several other state agencies. A few times every year the
division invites other state agencies to participate in a "sweep"
of a particular area in the state. The purpose of a "sweep"
is to visit several construction sites in a specific location
to ensure those performing work are properly licensed.
In October, the division conducted a two-day "sweep"
in Salem and the surrounding area. The agencies invited to participate
were BOLI, WCD, CCB, Revenue, and Employment Department. During
the two-day period the group visited 49 sites with the following
101 businesses contacted
235 people interviewed
4 investigations were opened by BCD
0 citations were written
The collaboration between BCD and other state agencies has been
very productive. The division has already begun planning sweeps
Report on fire sprinkler process now available
The division has finalized its report
on the public process that was held to discuss a residential fire
sprinkler requirement. The division announced it was concluding
the "Appendix P" public process in July. Since there
was no consensus, the division will not adopt a statewide requirement.
Municipalities can go through the local amendment request process
if they want to require residential fire sprinklers as part of
an overall community fire protection plan. The division hopes
that the report, which contains a summary of the process and the
information gathered, will provide industry and the municipalities
some background on the issues that were raised during the division's
Answers to questions on requests for electric utilities to energize
The division adopted, by rule, a uniform and consistent process
by which general supervising electricians can request electric
utilities to energize a completed electrical installation before
the installation has been inspected by a local building official.
Since the rule took effect in October, the division has received
questions from homeowners, supervising electricians, and electric
utilities on the process for making such requests. Answers to
the most frequently
asked questions received by the division have been collected
into a single document which is available on the division's Web
site. If, after reviewing the FAQ, you still have questions regarding
the process, please contact Matthew Barber, Policy Analyst, at
503-373-1227 or email@example.com.
January 1st is just around the corner
The new consistent form and fee calculation methodology becomes
effective January 1, 2009. Your jurisdiction should be well on
its way to adjusting to the new methodology. Model
forms and a summary of the rules are available on our Web
site. If, for any reason, it looks like you will have trouble
meeting the January 1 effective date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
as soon as possible. Quick Permit jurisdictions, remember
that we will need to receive your new fees by December 15th so
we can make changes to the system.
Signing supervising electricians
We have been receiving questions about the responsibilities of
general supervising electricians. The division issued a clarification
in April 2008, addressing some of the questions we received. In
general, supervising electricians are responsible for ensuring
that work is preformed in a safe manner, that installations are
preformed under the appropriate label or permit, and that work
is being preformed by individuals acting within the scope of their
license. The signing supervisor's signature required on a permit
prior to inspection signifies their responsibility for the installation.
Regional Program Services
The ePermitting road show
Would you like to take a look under the hood of BCD's new ePermitting
system? You can get a better idea of what the package of services
is all about. As part of the effort to provide information on
the division's ePermitting program to local government, the regional
coordinators, along with the ePermitting team, are partnering
with Accela to take the show on the road by doing a series of
statewide demonstrations on the ePermitting project in mid-December.
These sessions will showcase the functionality of available tools
for local building departments (Accela Automation permit software,
electronic plan submittal, GIS capability, wireless access, internet
portal, and IVR) as well as highlighting the supplemental products
available, such as the planning, licensing, and public works modules.
Given the range of topics these demonstrations will cover, please
feel free to bring not only key building department staff, but
integral local government staff that would benefit from a better
understanding of this project. This could include community development
managers, planning, finance, and public works staff as well as
city/county management as appropriate.
Below you will find a list of the locations and dates of the
December 8: Pendleton, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Blue Mountain Community
2411 NW Carden
December 9: Hood River, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Hood River County
Commission offices, 601 State Street
Portland, 1:00-3:30 p.m., NECA Portland Headquarters,
601 NE Everett
December 10: Medford, 1:30-4:00 p.m., Smullin Center,
2825 East Barnett Road
December 18: Salem, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Department of Consumer
and Business Services, 350 Winter St. NE, Room 260
Eugene, 1:30-4:00 p.m., Lane Community College, Center
for Meeting and Learning, Room 226, 4000 East 30th Avenue
December 19: Redmond, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Redmond Fire
Please feel free to attend any demonstration that best meets
your needs for location and scheduling.
You may have already contacted your regional coordinator about
attending this event. If not BCD needs advance notice of who will
be attending these demonstrations. If you have not done so already,
you can RSVP to Kaylan McAllaster at email@example.com
or 503-373-0723. Having an idea of who plans to attend will help
us with room planning and other logistics. This opportunity is
a great way to learn more about the next steps of BCD's ePermitting
Michael Morter, who has been the regional coordinator for both
the Mid-Valley/Coastal region and the Southern region, has just
accepted the position of Regional Program Services Manager. Prior
to joining BCD, Michael was a senior policy advisor and legislative
liaison for DCBS's Insurance Division. He also worked for Speaker
of the House Mark Simmons, and as staff in the Alaska Legislature.
Throughout his tenure with BCD Michael has built strong ties in
the communities he serves because of his ability to see all sides
of an issue.
A new ePermitting team member
Lori Graham has accepted the position of ePermitting Program Manager
for the division as of December 1. Lori comes to BCD from the
City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services. Lori will be
working with the project staff in addition to dealing with the
program aspects of ePermitting. Lori's knowledge of the codes
and her understanding of both policy and the workings of a jurisdiction's
permitting department will be valuable to BCD's ePermitting program.
Her ability to get policy, the codes, and the technical specialists
talking on the same page will help us continue to develop a system
that meets our customer's needs.