Edition: Vol. 07, No. 02
Edition date: February 13, 2014

 

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

BCD Office Closures

Monday, Feb. 17

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

Feb. 5: Building Codes Structures Board - Canceled

Feb. 12: 2014 OPSC Committee - Canceled

Feb. 19: 2014 ORSC Committee

Feb. 20: State Plumbing Board

Feb. 26: 2014 OPSC Committee

Feb. 27: Electrical and Elevator Board

March 4: Board of Boiler Rules

March 5: Mechanical Board

March 6: 2014 ORSC Committee

March 12: 2014 OPSC Committee

March 14: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board

March 18: Rulemaking Hearing

March 20: 2014 ORSC Committee

March 27: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - February 13, 2014

"Ready Build Plans" Now Available

The division is excited to announce the new "Ready Build Plans" program. "Ready Build Plans" streamline the customer's plan review and permitting process by providing pre-approved plans over the counter. The customer selects the pre-approved plan they need, pays the permit fees, leaves with a set of plans and can begin construction immediately. This new process comes from legislation passed during the 2013 legislative session (SB 582).

The first "Ready Build Plans" available are for pole buildings. There are plans available in sizes ranging from 24' x 24' to 36' x 60' with a maximum eave height of 14'. The plans are posted on our website. BCD-operated jurisdictions are already utilizing these plans and local jurisdictions are certainly welcome to make these plans available to customers.

If you have any questions about these plans, please contact Shane Sumption, Statewide Services Manager, or at 503-378-2015.

***Important Code Change Update***

There is an important change in the anticipated effective date for the Structural, Mechanical and Energy Codes. The effective date for adoption of each of these codes is now July 1, 2014. The division will allow at least a three month transition period for implementation of these codes from July 1 to September 30.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, or at 503-378-4472.

Codes Committee Updates

Electrical Code - Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The fifth and final committee meeting was held on January 23, 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, please contact Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

Plumbing Code - Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013. The first and second meetings were held on January 15, 2014 and January 29, 2014. The next meeting is scheduled for February 26, 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, please contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

Residential Specialty Code Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013. The first meeting is scheduled for February 19, 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, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 541-306-1126 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

Structural Code
The adoption process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code now has an anticipated effective date of July 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 been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code now has an anticipated effective date of July 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 please contact: Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
The public process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code now has an anticipated effective date of July 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 please contact: Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

ePermitting Update

ePermitting welcomes Happy Valley, Harney County, Malheur County, Redmond and Talent as the newest "full service jurisdictions" on statewide ePermitting. "Full service" means the jurisdiction has all the pieces of ePermitting which include:

  • Web portal for contractors to apply for permits, track permits and schedule inspections

  • Electronic Plan Review

  • Permit Database to track permits, inspections and customer information

  • Interfaces to jurisdiction's financial or GIS software

  • Mobile App for inspectors

  • Historic data brought into the permit database

  • Reports that include a range of daily and monthly financial, permit and inspection data

"Full service" implementations take 4-6 months and costs the jurisdiction nothing except staff time and any hardware the jurisdiction wants to use (iPads, smart phones or dual monitors).

ePermitting also has an update on IVR(integrated voice recognition) enhancement. IVR allows inspection scheduling by telephone and customers can also receive an automated phone call with inspection results. Inspectors now have the option to provide inspection results through the IVR system, mobile app or mobile office. Jurisdictions can now choose different inspection scheduling models with IVR.

For more information, please email Celina Patterson, ePermitting Manager, or at 503-373-0855.


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