Edition: Vol. 02, No. 02
Edition date: January 28, 2009

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

BCD Events

ePermitting Demonstrations (see article below for more information)

February 20:
Salem, 9-11 a.m.
Eugene, 1-3 p.m.

February 27:
Sisters, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Board meetings

February 4: Building Codes Structures Board meeting - Postponed

February 20: Oregon State Plumbing Board meeting

Public meetings and hearings

None at this time

Contact a Chief

Dennis Clements
Chief Electrical Inspector

Ron Crabtree
Chief Elevator & Amusement Ride Inspector

Albert Endres
Chief Manufactured Structures

Mike Graham
Chief Boiler Inspector

Richard Rogers
Chief Structural Program

Terry Swisher
Chief Plumbing Inspector

News Updates - January 28, 2009

Local Building Department Directory

In the last issue of this newsletter, we asked all jurisdictions to register one of their staff as the Directory Administrator for our new Local Building Department Directory (LBDD), formerly the Directory of Responsibility. The new directory will give jurisdictions more control over the essential information that identifies each building department and allow them to update information as necessary. The LBDD is your way to communicate fun and exciting information to your customers too. Many of you have complied, but our list is still not complete. Please register your jurisdiction as soon as possible. You can get more information about the LBDD from Lori Graham at lori.l.graham@state.or.us or 503-373-7755.

The OESC goes electronic for the first time

A new resource has been added to the existing library of online codes offered by the division. For the first time ever in Oregon a fully integrated edition of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code is now available online for viewing.

In addition to the plumbing, residential, structural, and mechanical codes currently available for online viewing, we can now offer Oregonians access to the state's electrical code. While those in the industry often purchase codebooks for use, having the codebooks online makes the information more accessible to anyone working on a construction project.

Amendments to the 2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC)

The Building Codes Division, working with the Residential Structures Board, recently adopted amendments to section R613.2 of the 2008 ORSC, concerning window sill height and fall prevention requirements. These changes are based, in part, on changes made to the 2009 IRC by the International Codes Council, and were prompted by reports issued by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission concerning injuries and fatalities associated with falls from windows. This rule change takes effect on February 1, 2009. Insert pages for the 2008 ORSC with the amended R613.2 are now available on our Web site.

Clarification for COPS

At their last meeting, the Electrical and Elevator Board recommended changes be made to the existing language in the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, article 708-Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS). The article was introduced in 2008 to address electrical installations in areas needing to maintain power for long periods of time in blackout situations. The board recommended changes clarifying specifically that the owner designates "critical operations" areas that must then meet the article's installation requirements. The division will hold a rulemaking hearing on the proposed changes in March. The proposed changes are still being developed and will be made available in advance of the hearing.


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

Final orders after hearing: These cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed and approved by the State Electrical and Elevator Board.

Regional Program Services

The ePermitting road show/Part Two
Due to inclement weather in mid-December, we postponed the Accela demonstrations in Salem, Eugene and Redmond. The mid and south Willamette Valley sessions are now scheduled for February 20 and the final demo will be in Sisters on February 27.

These sessions will showcase the functionality of available tools for local building departments (Accela Automation permit software, electronic plan submittal, GIS capability, wireless access, internet portal, and IVR) as well as highlighting the supplemental products available, such as the planning, licensing, and public works modules.

Given the range of topics these demonstrations will cover, please feel free to bring not only key building department staff, but local government staff that would benefit from a better understanding of this project. This could include community development managers, planning, finance, and public works staff as well as city/county management as appropriate.
Below you will find a list of the locations and dates of the demonstrations:

February 20:
Salem, 9-11:00 a.m., Department of Consumer and Business Services, 350 Winter St. NE, Room 260
Eugene, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Lane Community College, Center for Meeting and Learning, Room 226, 4000 East 30th Avenue

February 27:
Sisters, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sisters City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Avenue

Please feel free to attend any demonstration that best meets your needs for location and scheduling.

RSVP to Kaylan McAllaster at kaylan.l.mcallaster@state.or.us or 503-373-0723. Having an idea of who plans to attend will help us with room planning and other logistics. This opportunity is a great way to learn more about the next steps of BCD's ePermitting project.


Quick Permits is growing
Wow, the Quick Permits program has been taking off in the last couple of months. Four more jurisdictions have come on board in less than a month. Josephine County started using the online permitting system at the end of December and Troutdale, Wilsonville and Cottage Grove will all be starting by the end of this month. This ePermitting program allows licensed contractors to obtain over-the-counter (non-plan review) electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits online 24/7.

In 2008, permit sales on Quick Permits increased 34% over the preceding year (20,340 vs. 15,125 permits). By year end jurisdictions using Quick Permits expanded from 20 to 24. The amazing thing is in just the first month of 2009 the program has added 3 more jurisdictions, with many more in line to become connected. More and more building departments are finding online permitting makes things easier for everyone.


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