News Updates - January 12, 2011
Beginning with this issue, the Local Building
Department Newsletter will be distributed the second Wednesday of each month.
ePermitting takes next step in implementation
The city of Springfield has become the first jurisdiction to participate in the
full-service portion of Oregon's ePermitting program.
Springfield now offers a large variety of permit types online through the BCD ePermitting
portal, including those that require plan review.
The ePermitting team is actively working with a combination of seven other cities
and counties to bring them into the full-service program.
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BCD extends period for submitting proposals
for the residential Reach Code
On Dec. 10, 2010, the division opened up the 45-day period for accepting code
change proposals for the residential Reach Code. The division continues to work
with an advisory committee developing the commercial Reach Code provisions. Because
the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) was still in the adoption stage, the
division held off on the residential portion of the Reach Code until the ORSC provisions
had gone to the board. The 45-day period for proposals was scheduled to end Jan.
25, 2011. The division received a request from a group of stakeholders for an extension
for residential proposals. Due to the timing of the ORSC public hearing, and to allow
stakeholders time to develop proposals addressing innovative construction methods
for saving energy, the division is extending the date for accepting residential Reach
Code proposals until Feb. 22, 2011.
Local building department administrative fees
Oregon cities and counties are continuing to face the challenges of providing key
services with limited resources. In response, some local building departments are
adjusting their program fees. While ORS 455.210 authorizes any reasonable fees necessary
to administer a building code program, building department fees must also comply
with Oregon's Consistent Forms and Fee Methodology under OAR 918-050.
One aspect of the consistent fee methodology that continues to cause some confusion
is the requirement that administrative fees be incorporated into a jurisdiction's
fee schedule. Under the methodology, any general charges associated with doing business
with the building department must be incorporated into the fee schedule and should
not be charged as a separate administrative fee. The exception to this requirement
is where an administrative fee is a general cost of doing business with a city or
county and is charged city or county wide and not just as a building department charge.
Those fees are not covered under the consistent fee methodology.
A second issue relates to the adoption of new fees and the requirement that notice
be provided to the division. After the consistent fee methodology rules were adopted,
the division provided a brief grace period until January 1, 2009 for jurisdictions
to bring their fees into compliance without providing notice. However, that was a
one-time exception. Now, all fee changes must comply with the procedures in OAR 918-020-0220,
which requires a city or county to provide BCD with advanced notice of new or increased
The Building Codes Division is happy to assist with local fee adoption issues. Contact
Trevor Johnson, policy analyst, at email@example.com
or 503-373-1354 with questions.
Code adoption and amendment update
As previously reported, the division is in the process of adopting and amending
new plumbing, electrical, and residential codes. Coordinating these three codes involves
a complex process of incorporating legislative mandates, code committee meetings,
board meetings, and public hearings, and having a published code available prior
to the scheduled effective date.
The division is in the final stages this process. Important information regarding
these codes and their current status is below. Carbon monoxide alarm requirements
amending existing codes for an April 1, 2011, effective date is listed first.
If you have questions or need more information, contact one of the following:
Oregon Residential Specialty Code, contact Mike Ewert, residential and mechanical
code specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code, contact Terry Swisher, chief plumbing inspector,
at email@example.com or
Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, contact Dennis Clements, chief electrical inspector,
Carbon monoxide alarms, contact Richard Rogers, structural program chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopted radon mitigation standards
On Jan. 1, 2011, radon mitigation standards were adopted implementing Senate
Bill 1025, approved by the 2010 Legislature. Effective April 1, 2011, new residential
buildings in Baker, Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill
counties must comply with radon
mitigation standards adopted by the Building Codes Structures Board and the Residential
and Manufactured Structures Board. Radon mitigation standards for new public buildings
become effective April 1, 2013. Below you will find detailed information about radon
mitigation standards adopted by the boards.
If you have questions or need information, contact Richard Rogers, structural program
chief, at email@example.com
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the State Plumbing 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 Plumbing Board.
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Board of Boiler Rules
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 Board of Boiler Rules.