News Updates - December 17, 2008
Confirmation of recent executive
appointments and re-appointments
The Senate Interim Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments
confirmed the following executive appointment and re-appointments
to BCD's advisory boards:
Board of Boiler Rules (ORS 480.535)
Vice-chairman Mike Bradley
Position representing - Boilermaker
Re-appointment to 2nd 4-year term [expires 11/21/2012]
Mechanical Board (ORS 455.140 & 144)
Chairman Terry Hurst
Position representing - Natural gas/utility
Re-appointment to 2nd 4-year term [expires 07/01/2012]
Residential Structures Board (ORS 455.135)
John C. Mills
Position representing - Residential building trade subcontractor
New appointment to 1st 4-year term [expires 06/30/2012]
BCD has six governor-appointed boards that assist the division
with its work. The following positions are currently vacant:
Board of Boiler Rules
practical steam operating engineer
municipal mechanical inspector
Oregon State Plumbing Board
Residential Structures Board
Please fill out an application
if you are interested.
In addition to vacancies on the governor-appointed boards, BCD
also has a vacancy designated for a manufactured dwelling installer
on the Manufactured Structures and Parks Advisory Board. The director
of DCBS appoints this position.
Please fill out this application
if you are interested.
Consistent Fee and Forms Methodology -
some answers to your questions
Q. When do we need to start using the new methodology?
A. The rules are effective January 1, 2009. All jurisdictions
should be using the new
methodology at that point.
Q. What is changing?
A. For many jurisdictions the new rules will not radically change
how they figure permit prices. Here are a few changes to be aware
of. The rules require use of the ICC valuation table for figuring
structural permits. Certain items are included in the cost of
a basic residential plumbing permit. Additionally, base fees and
administrative fees are required to be incorporated into your
fee schedule or into the price of an individual permit item. Do
not forget, minimum fees are allowed for all program areas.
Q. What is the difference between an administrative fee and
A. Administrative fees are used to recoup the costs of administering
the building codes program. Statute requires jurisdictions to
set fees to cover the administration and enforcement of the program,
so these administrative fees need to be worked into the permit
Surcharges are those fees that are charged as part of the cost
of doing business with the jurisdiction. (For example, if a fee
is charged on every permit, whether it is a business permit/license,
an animal license, or a marriage license, etc., AND on a building
permit, then it is a surcharge and is allowed under the new methodology.)
Q. My jurisdiction is switching to the new methodology. Do
I need to give BCD notice under OAR 918-020-0220?
A. If the switch is "revenue neutral" then no. The division
is viewing this switch to the new methodology as a fee reorganization
rather than a fee change - so, as long as you are not taking this
opportunity to increase your department's revenue, we will not
require notification. Therefore, if you are just switching over
to the new methodology and your revenue will increase a small
amount just due to the new way of figuring fees, that is ok.
Q. What about Quick Permits jurisdictions?
A. In order for Quick Permit programmers to start entering the
new fees into the system, jurisdictions should have already notified
the division of any fees that changed. If you have not sent us
change information, you need to do so as soon as possible.
Changes to Quick Permits go into effect on January 1. If we do
not have new fee information for you, then we will assume that
there were no changes due to the loss of base and administrative
If you have any questions, please contact Aeron Teverbaugh at
Program renewals for Group Four due January 1, 2009
For all jurisdictions in program administration Group Four (4)
- your four year program
renewal request is due January 1, 2009. If you will not be
able to return your program renewal request to us by then, contact
Aeron Teverbaugh at email@example.com
by December 21st to ask for an extension. If you do not know which
program renewal group you are in, you can check.
A new section for the Local Building Department Newsletter
That is right, you have not seen this section in the newsletter
before. This addition will supply you with a link to the most
recent enforcement summary reports presented to the different
boards. This section of the newsletter will appear whenever there
is a new summary report available, so keep an eye out for a list
of most recent cases resolved by BCD's enforcement section.
and Elevator Board enforcement case summary
of Boiler Rules enforcement case summary
Regional Program Services
Road Shows a big success
Note: This week's sessions canceled because of inclement weather
The regional coordinators were on the go again last week! They
accompanied the ePermitting team to the gatherings where Accela
provided demonstrations. Luckily, the snowy, icy weather we are
experiencing this week was not prevalent during these excursions.
After coordinating dates, locations, and invitations, the regional
coordinators got to enjoy the results of their efforts. Every
meeting from Portland to Pendleton was full of information and
answers to many questions. Everyone in attendance has a much better
understanding of how the new Accela permitting system is going
to improve the ePermitting process in Oregon.
Unfortunately, the meetings scheduled for this week have been
canceled because of the weather conditions. Therefore, if
you were planning on attending the meetings scheduled on December
18 in Salem and Eugene or the one scheduled in Redmond on December
19, these gatherings will not be held. If you need more information,
please contact Kaylan McAllaster at Kaylan.L.McAllaster@state.or.us
New information Web site on ePermitting goes live
There is a new look and lots of new information available at www.Oregon-ePermitting.info.Yes,
the new information Web site has been updated and improved. BCD
is hoping people will come to this site to get to all their ePermitting
needs. There are three different segments to the site: Local Building
Departments, Property Owners, and Contractors. Each segment has
its own "home page," which has all the links pertinent
to the group highlighted. What a great bookmark for your one-stop
shopping in ePermitting! Please check out the new site and let
us know what you think. For any questions or comments please contact
Sherri West at Sherri.D.West@state.or.us