Edition: Vol. 06, No. 11
Edition date: November 13, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

Thursday, November 28

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

Nov. 06: Building Codes Structures Board - Canceled

Nov. 21: Electrical and Elevator Board

Nov. 21: 2014 OESC Committee

Dec. 03: Board of Boiler Rules

Dec. 04: Mechanical Board

Dec. 05: 2014 OESC Committee

Dec. 17: Rulemaking Hearing

Dec. 18: 2014 OESC Committee

Dec. 19: State Plumbing Board

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - November 13, 2013

Mandatory Training for Building Officials

The Legislature took action that impacted Building Codes Division and local building departments. Due to these significant changes, the Division is requiring a mandatory training for all certified Building Officials actively using the certification. All persons functioning as a Building Official in a permanent, backup or temporary role are required to attend one of the live training sessions Building Codes Division will offer. This training is not available online. Persons who become active in the role of a Building Official in the future, will need to attend a BCD class prior to activating their Building Official certification.

There is no cost to attend this class and preregistration is not required. Please plan to attend one of the following trainings:

November 20: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Small Business Development Center
626 High Street NE, Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301

December 4: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Redmond City Hall Conference Center
716 SW Evergreen
Redmond, OR 97756

December 11: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Oregon University
1 University Boulevard
Hoke Union Building #301
La Grande, OR 97850

December 13: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Astoria's Boyington Building
857 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR 97103

December 18: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Jackson County Library - Adam's Room
205 South Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

Please direct any questions and comments to John Powell, Training Coordinator, at 503-378-2741.

Standardized Investigative Fees

Effective January 1, 2014, municipalities administering and enforcing a building inspection program may only assess investigative fees for work commencing without a permit as specified in House Bill 2978 (2013).

A portion of HB 2978 standardizes current state and local government policy for assessing investigative fees for work started without the required permit across all program areas. The bill caps investigative fees at the actual or average cost of investigation to ensure compliance with the state building code.

These requirements preempt any existing code language, rule or local ordinance requirements regarding "double permit" fees. Municipalities may need to update their forms, computer plans, and operating plan to reflect the changes. A change to a building program's investigative fees in order to comply with HB 2978 is not considered a fee change and notice to BCD is not required. Also, building programs do not need to send BCD copies of any other program materials that may be updated to comply with this provision.

Additionally, the bill specifies that permits for emergency repairs obtained within five business days after commencement of the repair are not subject to investigative fees.

If you have questions or need further information, contact Policy and Technical Services Manager, Andrea Simmons, at 503-373-2160.

Federal "Lead Free" Legislation - Effective January 4, 2014

President Obama signed legislation on January 4, 2011 that redefined the term "lead free" as used in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA). The new definition addresses the allowable lead content in plumbing fixtures. Effective January 4, 2014, any pipe, pipe fittings, or fixtures are required to meet the new lead free definition.

"Lead Free" is now redefined to mean "not more than 0.25 percent lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, and fixtures." Previously, the RLDWA established 8.0% as the maximum threshold of lead content allowed.

Two nationally recognized standards have been produced to meet the new lead free legislation - NSF/ANSI 372 and NSF/ANSI 61-G. Product suppliers, plumbers, installers, and inspectors should verify that system components meet one of the two standards. A product marked "Lead Free," "Low Lead," or even "No Lead," may or may not meet the new definition due the sliding scale of allowable lead content over the recent years.

The legislation also created a list of exemptions that do not need to meet the new "lead free" requirements:

  • Pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures including backflow preventers used exclusively for non-potable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not used for human consumption

  • Toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles

  • Water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger

If you have any further questions about this legislation please contact David Kloss, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Certification Renewals Due

November 1 was the deadline to renew Oregon certifications. We encourage building officials to remind staff to make sure they have renewed their certifications. Certification information is available on the License holder search website. If you need additional assistance or have questions about the renewal process, please contact Tiffani Alexander, Certification Specialist, at 503-373-1248.

Codes Committee Updates

Electrical Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. Committee meetings will begin on November 21, 2013 and continue into January 2014. Approved code amendments will be available to the public on July 1, 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OESC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

Plumbing Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. Committee meetings will begin in January 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OPSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact David Kloss, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

One- and Two-Family Dwelling Specialty Code Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through December 1, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. Committee meetings will begin in January 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 ORSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

Structural Code
The adoption process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional code information contact: Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Code
The public process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact: Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
The public process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact: Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Enforcement

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.

Plumbing Suspensions


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