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Residential Structures Program

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Program Facts
Codebook Assistant
What you need to do the work
Program Activities
Helpful Tools

Program News & Updates
4/20/16 ORSC Statewide alternate method - 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
2/1/16 2014 OSSC Amendments - Low Frequency Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
2/1/16 2014 ORSC Amendment - Underground Gas Piping Separation
Newly Adopted Rules (within the last 90 days)
2/1/16 Permanent Rule - ORSC/OSSC Amendments
Program Facts
Current codebook:
Effective Date:

2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) read-only

October 1, 2014

Insert pages have been created for use in the 2011 ORSC.
2014 ORSC Insert Pages


Current codebook updates and amendments

Effective Date:

2014 ORSC Amendment - Underground Gas Piping Separation

February 1, 2016

2014 ORSC Amendments

April 1, 2015

Primary contact:
Tony Rocco
Building Code Specialist

Additional contact:
Rex Turner
Structural Program Chief

Codebook Assistant

Code Interpretations
Rescinded interpretations

Request form
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Where to purchase codebooks

Statewide alternate methods (SAMS)
Statewide alternate methods

Request form
PDF | Word

Previous Code, Oregon Amendments, Errata
Effective Date

2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code read-only
Appendix N changes and errata
2011 ORSC Errata

July 1, 2011
July 1, 2011
Nov. 15, 2011

2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code
2008 ORSC Errata

July 1, 2008
July 26, 2010


History of Oregon Codes
History of the Oregon Low Rise Residential Dwelling Code
History of building codes adopted and amended by the State of Oregon

What you need to do the work

For homeowners:
Do I need a plumbing permit?
Do I need a mechanical permit?
Do I need an electrical permit?
Do I need a structural permit?

As a consumer, it is beneficial to check a contractor's license number before allowing work to be done on your project:

Building Codes Division issues licenses to four types of trade contractors: electrical contractor, elevator contractor, plumbing contractor, boiler contractor. Every trade contractor must also possess an active Building Contractor license issued by the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). It is a good idea to check the status of both licenses before allowing work to be done on your project.

General contractor's license from Construction Contractors Board (CCB).
Click here to check your contractor


Appropriate trade license from Building Codes Division (BCD).
Click here to check for electrical, plumbing, or boiler trade licenses for your contractor

  (Website provided by Oregon Utility Notification Center)
Program Activities
Board activities
Residential Structures Board dates and activities
Committee activities
Committee activities
Helpful Tools

ASCE 7-10: Oregon Wind Map and Risk Category Code Language

Energizing electrical installations


Bracing: Microsoft Excel is required to use the Seismic and Wind calculators. Save the document to your computer, keeping the .xls extension. These documents will open in all versions of Excel.

Residential Thermal Performance: Microsoft Excel 2010 is required to use the 2014 ORSC Thermal Performance calculator. Save the document to your computer, keeping the .xlsx extension..

Energy Program
2014 ORSC residential energy help guides

Bathroom exhaust fans
Emergency Escape and Rescue Windows commentary
ORSC Accessory Structures
Radon Training for provisions effective 4/1/11
Radon – Group R-3 Requirement Overview
Radon: Appendix F - General Commentary
Residential furnace used for dry-out
Residential kitchen hood requirements II

Hot topics
Division Approved Moisture Content Acknowledgment Form

PDF - Moisture Verification Form
Word - Moisture Verification Form

Certificate of Occupancy Form and Format Standards
Model Certificate of Occupancy Form
EIFS Poster
Master Builder
Low Volume Window Label Program
Window Sill Height

Construction Claims Task Force Final Report
FEMA's Homebuilders' Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction
Residential Energy Code Publications: help guides for compliance
Local Building Department Newsletter