News Updates - April 11, 2012
3462 Specialized Finals Inspector training
The Specialized Finals Inspector Certification
(SFI) course began on Monday, April 2, through Chemeketa
Community College's eLearn system. Participants will
have eight weeks to complete the online class. The SFI
course trains inspectors who currently hold an Oregon
Inspector Certification (OIC) and at least one residential
or commercial inspector certification to perform final
one- and two-family dwelling inspections in other disciplines.
The SFI certification is designed to allow a single
inspector to perform all final inspections on a one-
or two-family residence. The scope of the certification
is limited to those items that have been previously
inspected and approved or where no previous inspection
is required and the item is otherwise ready for a final
The online class is the first stage of the four components
of the training. There is also a two-day live class,
40 supervised inspections, and an exam. The division
is currently working to schedule the two-day live class.
For the field work component, a single jobsite may count
toward multiple inspections. For example, a final inspection
consisting of structural, mechanical, electrical, and
plumbing components would count toward four inspections.
The class began April 2, but it is not too late to register;
there are a few openings still available. The total
cost is $200. The fee includes the course and the examination.
If you have questions or need more information, contact
Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tiffani Alexander at 503-373-1248 or email@example.com.
Public swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, and the 2010
The federal adoption of the 2010 ADA update provides
an excellent opportunity to provide clarification regarding
the overall regulation of public swimming pools, hot
tubs, and spas in the state of Oregon. In short, the
oversight of these features rests with the Oregon Department
of Human Services (DHS).
DHS regulatory oversight is derived through Oregon
Revised Statue 448.011, which states in part: "...
construction, issuance of permits, design, construction,
size, shape, purification equipment, piping, operation,
sanitation and accident prevention for public swimming
pools, public spa pools, public wading pools, and bathhouses."
As such, any rules pertaining to swimming pools, public
spa pools, public wading pools, and bathhouses established
by DHS take precedent over any similar rules or codes
promulgated by BCD with the exception of the Oregon
Electrical Safety Law.
The previously adopted OSSC Chapter 11 included a general
provision in section 1108.4.4 that required certain
levels of accessibility to these features. Because DHS
is charged with the oversight, BCD's recent adoption
of the 2009 International Building Code accessibility
updates did not include any accessibility provisions
for those features.
DHS reports that accessibility for pools, hot tubs,
and spas must be in accordance with the federally adopted
2010 ADA Standards. This standard is available from
Department of Justice.
With regard to "barriers" for swimming pools,
hot tubs, and spas installed in or on the lot of a one-
and two-family dwelling, see Appendix G of the One-
and Two-Family Residential Specialty Code (Dwelling
Code). For all other swimming pools, consult DHS.
If you have specific questions about the regulation
of public swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas, contact
Stephen Keifer from DHS at 971-673-0448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cigar bar ventilation - Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act
The Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) was amended
by House Bill 2726 on June 30, 2011. Under the amended
law, in order to allow cigar smoking indoors, a cigar
bar must have "a ventilation system that exhausts
smoke from the business in accordance with the state
building code standards for the occupancy classification
in use." [ORS 433.835(1)(h)] Specifically, compliance
with the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is
To demonstrate compliance with the ventilation requirements
of OMSC Table 403.3 for "Smoking Lounges,"
documentation must be submitted by the owner to the
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for each cigar bar. [OAR
333-015-0066(1)(c) and (4)(a)]
There are two ways for owners to fulfill the documentation
(1) If [Cigar Bar Name]'s current "certificate
of occupancy" indicates that it has been approved
as a smoking lounge, a copy of the certificate of
occupancy can be submitted to the OHA.
(2) If [Cigar Bar Name]'s certificate of occupancy
does not indicate that that it has been approved as
a smoking lounge, the owner must obtain documentation
from the local building authority indicating that
[Cigar Bar Name] meets the minimum ventilation standards
set for "smoking lounge" in the OMSC. Owners
would then send this documentation and the certificate
of occupancy to OHA.
While the Oregon Health Authority does not anticipate
much activity in this regard, local jurisdictions may
be receiving requests to provide such documentation.
This may be as simple as providing a brief statement
of verification or, if facilities are not in compliance,
requiring permits and inspections.
For more information, contact Structural Program Chief,
Richard Rogers at 503-378-4472 or email@example.com.
Fee change procedures
As jurisdictions gear up for new budget years, they
should be aware of the requirements
for notice of fee changes. In addition to statutes
that require cities and counties to notify individuals
of budgeting meetings, ORS 455.210 requires that jurisdictions
give notice to the Building Codes Division of any change
in fees. Under rules adopted by the division, a city
or county must provide notice to the division 45 days
before the fee is adopted. It is not the effective date
of the fees that triggers the notice requirement. If
you have any questions about the notification process,
contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program assumptions update
The division has issued final decisions in two proposed
building inspection program assumptions. The director
granted a provisional approval for Aurora to administer
the building inspection program. Aurora will have until
July 1, 2013, to make changes to its operating plan
and join other ePermitting jurisdictions. The director
has denied Manzanita's proposed assumption of the electrical
inspection program. The director's decision is based
on unresolved claims of economic impairment to Tillamook
County, which currently administers the electrical program
for the region.
Another change in the program administration was announced
for the City of Echo. Echo
notified the Building Codes Division on March 23 that
it was returning administration of its building inspection
program. Plan review and inspection services for the
city will be handled through the Building Codes Division's
Pendleton office. If you have questions about permitting,
contact the Pendleton office coordinator, Cindy Boyd,
at 541-276-7814 or at email@example.com.
If you have questions about the assumption process,
contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enforcement successful sting operation
BCD enforcement officers Brent Griffiths, Matt Rodriquez,
Tom Nicolai, and Tony Guidone conducted a sting operation
in Lebanon in late February 2012. The operation concentrated
on individuals advertising on Craigslist to perform
electrical and plumbing work in the Lebanon area. Two
individuals are facing charges of violations of state
law as a result of the operation.
Although the individuals did not perform any actual
plumbing or electrical work, advertising to do this
kind of work violates the following Oregon Revised Statutes:
ORS 479.620(1) a person may not without an electrical
contractor's license, engage in the business of making
electrical installations, advertise as or otherwise
purport to be licensed to make electrical installations
or purport to be acting as a business that makes electrical
ORS 447.040(1) a person may not work as a plumbing
contractor, or advertise or purport to be a plumbing
contractor, and a member or employee of a firm, partnership
or corporation may not engage in the layout or superintending
of plumbing installations, without having obtained
the plumbing contractor license.
These operations are successful in targeting unlicensed
individuals who are otherwise able to remain anonymous
by not including any identifying information in their
advertisements. Without verification of an individual's
identity, it is difficult for the division to take any
The division intends to continue these sting operations
and is looking for vacant houses to use. If you know
of a location that can be used, or are aware of potential
targets for a sting, call BCD's lead enforcement officer,
Brent Griffiths, at 503-508-5673.
Recreational Vehicle Code mid-cycle amendment
The division has adopted a rule amending the 2011 National
Electrical Code (NEC) Article 551.42 allowing a sixth
circuit to be used on a 30-ampere power supply assembly
installed in a recreational vehicle.
The issue was brought to our attention by the Recreational
Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which is a national
trade association representing nearly 300 manufacturers
and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent
of all RVs manufactured in the United States.
This amendment continues an ongoing effort between
U.S. and Canadian code writers to better harmonize RV
code requirements between the two countries. This benefits
RV manufacturers because they can build a single unit
capable of being sold in either country without having
to modify the unit's electrical system. Since this exception
will not result in an additional load to the electrical
system, safety issues will not be a concern.
For more information, contact Recreational Vehicle
Inspector Monte Taylor at 503-373-7542 or email@example.com.
Chris Huntington promoted to deputy administrator
BCD Administrator Mark Long announced last month that
Chris Huntington accepted the position of deputy administrator.
Chris has been serving in this role off and on since
last summer, demonstrating his commitment to the division
and his ability to serve in this capacity. The appointment
brings to a close the acting and temporary assignments
for this position over the past several years. Chris
will continue to assist in the policy section over the
next several weeks until the management position is
Before BCD, Chris gained extensive education and work
experience that prepared him for his career in public
service. He graduated from college with a degree in
communications/public relations, spent a few years as
a senior copywriter for a fitness marketing firm, earned
a law degree from Willamette University, and worked
for Department of Justice and the Oregon Legislature
while in law school.
He came to BCD in 2005 as a policy analyst for three
years before serving as manager of the policy section
for the past four.
"My experience with BCD provides a valuable understanding
of the background and culture of the organization. BCD
has numerous programs and an intricate network of diverse
stakeholder relationships," Chris said.
Chris said his experience allows him to "hit
the ground running" to help Administrator Mark
Long and staff members to carry forward the division's
mission. His critical thinking and problem-solving skills
combined with his organizational and management skills
have been invaluable to the mission of BCD. We are all
eager to see his experience and skills help lead us
into a prosperous future together. Congratulations,
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & 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 Electrical and Elevator Board.