Edition: Vol. 06, No. 10
Edition date: October 17, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

None

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

October 2: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board

October 17: State Plumbing Board

Nov. 6: Building Codes Structures Board

Nov. 19: Rulemaking Hearing

Nov. 21: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - October 17, 2013

Codes Committee Updates

Plumbing Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. Committee meetings will begin in January 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OPSC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, contact David Kloss, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. Committee meetings will begin November 21, 2013 and continue into January 2014. Approved code amendments will be available to the public on July 1, 2014.The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OESC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, contact Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

One- and Two-Family Dwelling Specialty Code Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through December 1, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. In this process, the division will be looking for opportunities to clarify regulations and promote consistency in the existing code document. Topics under consideration for updating include code administration and structural. Structural components include but are not limited to lateral bracing provisions, stem wall thickness, deck and ledger connections, and roof construction. Committee meetings will begin in January 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 ORSC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472.

Structural Code
The adoption process has concluded and the draft 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The 2014 OSSC has an anticipated effective date of April 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 website.

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 Code
The public process has concluded and the draft 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The 2014 OMSC has an anticipated effective date of April 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 website.

For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
The public process has concluded and the draft 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The 2014 OEESC has an anticipated effective date of April 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 website.

For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Local Amendment Request - Rule Change
The division recently filed a temporary rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking for the Local Amendment Request provisions of OAR 918-020-0370. Under the current rule, the division may approve requests from municipalities for ordinances that represent local amendments to the state building code. The temporary rule adds requirements for local amendment requests when a municipality submits their request to the division. Under the proposed rule and the current temporary rule, municipalities seeking local amendments to the state building code must include the following information with their request:

  • Financial or regulatory incentives provided by the municipality to businesses or contractors impacted by the proposed local amendment

  • Fiscal impacts on certain residential construction

  • Summary of stakeholder outreach used by the municipality to develop the amendment

A local amendment is applicable only in the requesting municipality and not considered a statewide amendment to the state building code.
The temporary rule was filed on October 1, 2013 and the proposed permanent rule becomes effective January 1, 2014. A person may submit written comments on the proposal until 5:00 p.m. - November 22, 2013.

For additional information, contact Brett Salmon, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-7613.

Electrical Cross-Training Course for
Inspectors Begins October 22, 2013

The division is initiating a 16-week, twice weekly electrical cross-training course for residential inspectors that begins October 22, 2013. Twenty inspectors from rural jurisdictions around Oregon are participants of this first, pilot course. The course includes field evaluations, working with new technology; and having the inspector-students remain in their respective jurisdictions for the majority of the course. The instructor for the course is the division's Training and Project Analyst, John Powell, who will teach the course from the division's West Salem office while the student-inspectors will view the course live via the internet. Based on the results of this initial cross-training course, there may be opportunities available in the future to provide this course to more inspectors. A plumbing cross-training course is in the planning stages.

For additional information, contact John Powell, Training and Project Analyst, at 503-378-2741.

Additional Opportunity for Electrical
Licensing Continuing Education Class

Two electrical program continuing education presentations on Oregon Rule and Law have been scheduled in October:

Location: The Dalles
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cousins Restaurant Conference Room
2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058

Location: Redmond
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Eagle Crest Conference Center
1522 Cline Falls Hwy, Redmond, OR 97756

If you are interested in attending either session, RSVP with Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

Building Program Renewal Reminder

As year end approaches, members of Group One building programs will need to submit a program renewal application to the Building Codes Division no later than January 1, 2014.

Group One jurisdictions are listed below:

Astoria

Deschutes County

Hood River County

Manzanita

Sherwood

Canby

Dunes City

Josephine County

Molalla

Silverton

Cannon Beach

Estacada

Lake County

North Bend

Tillamook

Clatsop County

Florence

Lake Oswego

Ontario

Tualatin

Coos Bay

Grants Pass

Lakeside

Phoenix

Veneta

Cottage Grove

Harney County

Lebanon

Reedsport

Warrenton

Creswell

Hood River

Lincoln City

Salem

West Linn

Malheur County

Group One jurisdictions can anticipate receiving program renewal materials soon. Click here for the renewal dates for all building programs.
Contact Brett Salmon, policy analyst, at 503-373-7613 if you have any renewal questions.

Enforcement

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & Elevator 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 Electrical and Elevator Board.

Conditioned Licenses

Suspensions and Revocations


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