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Code Interpretation Process


Statewide code interpretation process
Site-specific code interpretation process

Statewide Code Interpretation Process

The statewide code interpretation process and site-specific code interpretation process. Under the statewide code interpretation process a consumer or jurisdiction files a request with the state to clarify or explain the meaning of a state building code section or article. The state provides a request form, which includes information needed in order to process the request.

  • petitioner information
  • specialty code and section
  • reason for the request

Each code program has an advisory group that is consulted before the state issues a statewide code interpretation. Once a statewide code interpretation is issued, it applies throughout the state. The rules for statewide code interpretations are found in OAR 918-008-0075 to 918-008-0085.


Statewide code interpretations are posted under the specific code program.

Statewide Code Interpretation Application -