Edition: Vol. 02, No. 11
Edition date: July 2, 2009 - Anniversary Edition

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

BCD Events

BCD 1% Training courses:

July 13, Klamath Falls:
9:30 - 4:30

July 29, Grants Pass:
8:30 - 4:00

Questions? Call Johnathan at 503.378.9066, Ext 5 or email: jbalkema@oregonhba.com

Board meetings
July, August, September

July 1: Residential Structures Board meeting

July 8: Building Codes Structures Board meeting

July 23: Electrical and Elevator Board meeting

August 5: Mechanical Board meeting (rescheduled from September 2)

August 21: Oregon State Plumbing Board meeting

September 1: Board of Boiler Rules meeting

September 10: Manufactured Structures and Parks Advisory Board meeting

September 24: Electrical and Elevator Board meeting

September 30: Building Codes Structures Board meeting (rescheduled from August 5)

Public meetings and hearings

July 8, 1:30-4:00: Oregon Commercial Energy Conservation Committee

July 9, 9:00-3:00: Oregon Structural Code Committee

July 22, 9:00-3:00: Oregon Structural Code Committee

July 21: Rulemaking Hearing

Adopted Rules

General supervising electrician requirements
Effective 7/1/09


News Updates - July 2, 2009

2009 Legislative training for Building Officials

Coming soon, a BCD online course covering relevant legislative changes will be available. With the end of the 2009 legislative session, the division has already begun developing a Building Official 2009 Legislative Update course. Similar to 2007, the online course will include summaries of new legislation and questions relating to these summaries. The course will be offered later this month and will satisfy BCD's requirements for BO continuing education. Look for a link to the course on the BCD Web site soon. If you need more information, please contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or at sherri.d.west@state.or.us.

ePermitting Basic is here

The ePermitting basic system started up on Monday, June 22, and has been flying ever since. The new system had been tested by several companies and jurisdictions before its debut. In a little over a week 345 contractors have registered and over 590 permits have been purchased. Looks like ePermitting's basic system is a hit!

There are lots of new features to the ePermitting system and we've talked about many of them in this newsletter. But one of the features we have not mentioned is the new help desk. If you are a customer just getting started with the new basic system, you might have a few questions. That's where the help desk and their "ticketing system" come in handy. The help desk has been averaging about 10 calls a day. You can contact the ePermitting help desk at 503-373-7396.

The questions most frequently asked of the help desk seem to be data-entry related. Some contractors are not capitalizing the letter in their BCD license and the system needs the letter to be capitalized in order to accept the information. Another question occurs when putting in the address where the work will be done. The exact street number needs to be entered, but it is best not to give too much detail to the rest of the address. For example, adding NW, Court, or the zip code is not necessary. It actually works better if just a couple letters of the street name are given. Another frequently asked question has to do with the services a jurisdiction lists as available online. Because jurisdictions choose the services they accept online, if a service is not listed as an option, then they do not provide it.

A more complete FAQ will be available on the ePermitting Web site soon. This means both contractors and jurisdictions are helping us provide a better product!

Local building department directory is here

Your handy Local Building Department Directory (LBDD) is now available to help you locate the right building department to ask your permitting questions to. This efficient new directory is simple to use; you just enter the city, zip code, or select the jurisdiction for the address, and the directory delivers a page full of information for your specified location. It provides you with building department phone numbers and addresses, as well as staff contact information, any permit services available online for the address, and much more. Try it and see what you think!

The other wonderful thing about this new directory (formerly the Directory of Responsibility) is that each building department can maintain and enter any changes directly to their pages. This means you will have access to the most current and up to date information for each building department. If your jurisdiction is having problems logging in to the LBDD or needs a user name and password assigned, contact Lori Graham at 503-373-7755 or lori.l.graham@state.or.us. BCD is excited to provide you with this new feature. The directory can be accessed from the BCD, Permits Protect, and ePermitting Web sites.

Residential board approves mid-cycle code change

The Residential Structures Board approved a code amendment proposal at its meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. The mid-cycle amendment is to the 2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code and will become effective October 1, 2009.

The code amendment proposal modifies the standard for suction covers on swimming pool and spa drains. It is based on changes proposed for the 2009 International Residential Code and adopts the ANSI/APSP-7-06 standard. It will bring the code into compliance with the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, passed December 19, 2007, which was named after former Secretary of State James Baker's granddaughter, Virginia Graeme Baker, who died in June 2002, after she was trapped under water by the suction from a spa drain. This matter was before the board in order to consider BCD's recommendation that it go to a public rulemaking hearing. At its meeting, the board agreed and forwarded the proposal to a public hearing.

Plumbing requirements for installing dental amalgam separators

The division has received many questions from local building departments regarding the permit, license, and enforcement issues relating to a state law (Senate Bill 704, 2007) that took effect January 1, 2008. The law requires dentists who work with materials containing mercury to install a separator to remove these wastes from the building drainage system.

Although the law has some specific plumbing requirements with regard to the installation of the amalgam separator, it is not part of the building code, and enforcement of these new requirements is regulated by the Oregon Board of Dentistry. In some cases, installation of a mercury separator may not constitute "plumbing," such as when the separator is a part of a new dental chair system. However, because the separator may also be installed as part of the medical gas or drainage system, plumbing permits and licensing may be required.

Check out the article on the plumbing page of our BCD Web site and if you have any further questions regarding dental amalgam separators and the applicable plumbing requirements, please contact Terry Swisher, Chief Plumbing Inspector, at 503-373-7488 or terry.l.swisher@state.or.us.

Board of Boiler Rules summary of enforcement cases
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 Board of Boiler Rules.

Oregon State Plumbing Board summary of enforcement cases
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 Oregon State Plumbing Board.

Published by the State of Oregon Building Codes Division.
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