News Updates - September 24, 2008
OSSC mid-cycle amendments
Hard to believe we are already half way through the 2007 - 2010
Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) cycle, but it's true and
that means the effective date of the mid-cycle amendments is rapidly
approaching. The list includes 12 amendments to the code language,
updating of several NFPA standards, and an amendment to the Base
Shear equation found in ASCE 7-05.
OSSC mid-cycle amendments are effective as of October 1, 2008
and have been posted to the BCD website for viewing and/or printing.
The mid-cycle amendments have been formatted for easy insertion
into your codebook.
If you have any questions regarding the mid-cycle amendments
please contact Shane Sumption at firstname.lastname@example.org,
503-378-4635, or Richard Rogers at email@example.com,
Elevator safety program working to prevent injuries
Each year in Oregon, several dozen people are injured on elevators
and escalators. Most of these injuries are not due to equipment
problems and could have been prevented if the passengers had observed
some basic safety measures. To educate people about these safety
measures, the Elevator Safety program has just published a brochure,
Safely: Elevator and Escalator Safety Tips. The Elevator Safety
Program also plans to make safety presentations in schools and
senior centers. The safety brochure will be distributed by state
elevator inspectors and is available to everyone on BCD's Web
New forms with consistent fee formula available
The model forms the division developed to accompany the consistent
fee formula that becomes effective January 1, 2009, are now available
and printing. The model forms are based on the consistent
fee formula rules and contain only a bare minimum amount of information.
The forms have been in a read only draft format until they were
thoroughly reviewed. Jurisdictions wishing to use the model forms
will want to add their logo, etc. If you need help in altering
the forms provided on the Web site, please contact Dana Fischer
Jurisdictions may develop their own forms so long as they meet
the minimum requirements established by the division.
Regional Program Services
Regional coordinators and ePermitting
Why would the regional coordinators at the division play such
an integral part in the ePermitting program? Because they are
the central communications link BCD has created to help meet the
needs of local government and to strengthen the partnership between
jurisdictions and the division. The regional coordinators go out
into the field to touch base with jurisdictions and work along
side the organizers of community and economic development initiatives.
To that end, all of the regional coordinators attended the September
18th ePermitting Project Kick-off in Salem. This event featured
the next stages of the ePermitting project (see article under
ePermitting). All the speakers at this presentation, from Mark
Long, the division's administrator, to the technical experts for
the ePermitting project, identified the regional coordinators
as an important link between the project staff, jurisdictions,
The regional coordinators were on hand to welcome the representatives
from jurisdictions in their regions and to continue their learning
process about the ePermitting project. This will help them assist
local governments in understanding what's coming next in ePermitting.
The Quick Permits program has become an even bigger success because
of the involvement of the regional coordinators. When contractors,
building officials, city administrators or county commissioners
have questions, the regional coordinators are there with the answers
or they know where to find them. This is the reason the ePermitting
team has made them an important part of the program.
Kick-off held September 18th in Salem
On September 18, fifty representatives from twenty-five local
city and county building departments, and Lane Council of Governments
gathered in Salem with State of Oregon staff and corporate staff
from Accela Inc. to move the ePermitting project into its next
The kick-off event introduced Accela Inc., Building Codes Division's
new corporate partner in the project. The morning session featured
Accela and the state team, made up of employees from both BCD
and the Information Management Division of DCBS, who provided
more detail on what the next stages in the project will look like.
The information presented also gave those gathered examples of
the new system's look via a computer monitor simulated view.
An afternoon round table provided the opportunity for local government
representatives to ask questions of the state project managers
and the Accela staff. Questions centered around how a statewide
system will be able to meet the needs of individual jurisdictions
and also present a consistent, easy-to-use format to building
contractors in Oregon.
The most recent news release for the ePermitting project can
be found on our Web
site. There should be a detailed account of the kick-off meeting
available on the Web site in the next few weeks.