News Updates - February 25, 2009
BCD keeps communications in focus
It has been a year since BCD had a group of people come together
to discuss our methods of communicating with our customers and
stakeholders. The focus group had representation from different
generations, trades, associations, and local government. This
diversity helped to produce great ideas and innovative solutions
to address several of BCD's communication dilemmas.
So what effect did the focus group's ideas have on BCD in the
The BCD Web site has made many changes to create more accessibility
for users. The home page has seen several design elements
added and modified. We have placed the most current edition
of the codes on the front page. The home page also presents
a more compact content list that is easier to see and use,
along with a "What's new at BCD" section, and calendar
of BCD events.
The Get Notified option on the Web site, which allows a person
to get a notice sent to their email address when a change
has been made on a particular page(s), has been improved.
The subject line of the email now tells you what the update
is about, the actual message is easier to read and more informative,
and you should only receive one update per page (in the past
people were receiving several notices on the same update).
This newsletter is one of the biggest changes in communications
BCD has made. The Local Building Department Newsletter provides
information on a bi-weekly basis to both building departments,
who receive it directly via e-mail, and our other audiences
who can access it on our Web
site. The newsletter's design was strongly influenced
by the focus group. The group wanted something emailed, with
all the same information that used to be in the BO mailings,
plus other current information. They suggested we make our
communications computer-based, but also provide a printable
version. The group wanted short summaries of the news at BCD,
allowing readers to get a quick overview, while still providing
detailed information via links. If you look at the newsletter,
you will see all of these elements included. You will also
find a calendar of hearings and meetings, contact information
for key BCD employees, and a list of events that may be of
interest to readers. We also try to list important articles
in the subject line of the email, so you know what to expect
You can see what great ideas can do to influence better methods
of providing communications. With the results from our focus group,
BCD has been able to make some major strides in improving how
we get information out to you. We hope to continue to get the
word out using the best method possible to meet all of our customers
BCD's enforcement team conducted a multi-agency enforcement sweep
with the Workers Compensation Division, Employment Department,
Bureau of Labor and Industry, and the Department of Revenue. This
sweep took place over a 2-day period in January. The state agencies
visited 18 sites in the Eugene and Springfield areas for this
action. They interviewed 144 individuals at several work sites.
There were no enforcement cases opened as a of this enforcement
Electrical Program presentations
The division continues its series of electrical program presentations
on Tuesday, March 3, in Portland. This presentation is the last
in the series covering the changes in the Oregon Electrical Specialty
Code, and meets the requirements for code change continuing
education credits. The remaining eight presentations in the series
will qualify for code related continuing education credits.
Each course covers rules and laws related to the electrical program
as well as special topics such as renewable energy, hazardous
locations and health care facilities. For more information on
of electrical programs, visit the BCD Web site.
Summary of enforcement cases presented to the State Electrical
and Elevator Board
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.
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
Regional Coordinators and the local jurisdictions: A Winning
Since many of you have worked with our regional coordinators to
help resolve issues, we thought you might want to know a little
more about them. Our regional coordinators come from a variety
of backgrounds making for a well-rounded team.
Michael Morter, the regional services manager, has a total of
17 years legislative experience. He has been working as a liaison
between the jurisdictions and various agencies for a number of
years. Wendy Beard, regional coordinator for the Northwest Region,
comes from the private sector, having worked in high tech marketing
and organizational development of personnel as well as with various
non-profit boards. Jerod Broadfoot, regional coordinator for the
Eastern Region, worked with the construction industry, prior to
joining BCD and has legislative public policy experience at all
levels. Tim Lindsey, regional coordinator for the Central Region,
has a background in the trades and came on board with us after
serving as a building official. Their varied experiences mirror
BCD's many stakeholders. Because they understand the issues, they
can deliver a win for all parties involved!
Quick Permits = The first phase of ePermitting
Before you know it, Quick Permits will be moving from the current
system to a new look and feel with the launch of the first phase
of the new ePermitting program. In addition to the new styling
of the Web page, acquiring permits will be a little different.
Over the next few weeks, the newsletter will be highlighting some
of the features the new system has to offer in a series of articles.
One of the new features Acella, Inc has added is the Contractor
Account. This feature asks the contractor to register the first
time they use the system and then sign into the Web site with
a unique login and password. The login process takes seconds and
with the information provided during the initial registration,
an individual can manage all aspects of purchasing a permit on
the ePermitting system. Some of the benefits of creating a login
The ability to save and reenter an application at any step
in the process before finalizing payment.
Program-specific listing of information and applications
that best fit a specific license type.
The ability to see on a single screen, all your applications
from all building departments you have applied to, including
those in process and completed.
This new phase of the ePermitting system is expected to be online
later this spring. Bookmark the ePermitting
information page now. This Web site will be your window to
all the upcoming changes in BCD's ePermitting.
Local Building Department Directory reminder
Remember, the Local Building Department Directory (LBDD), formerly
the Directory of Responsibility, is being updated. 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. To
register your jurisdiction's directory administrator for the
LBDD fill out the form. Those who have already registered will
be able to access their information in the next week. You can
get more information about the LBDD from Lori Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org