Edition: Vol. 07, No. 06
Edition date: June 16, 2014

 

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

BCD Office Closures

Holiday - Friday, July 4

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

June 17: Rulemaking Hearings

June 19: State Plumbing Board

July 11: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board

July 22: Rulemaking Hearing

July 24: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - June 16, 2014


Building Program Data Request Form/Memorandum of Agreement

Building inspection programs in Oregon are divided into four groups for the purposes of the four-year program administration cycle. This creates rotating “reporting periods” for the 135 plus jurisdictions. This year, the division introduced two new documents into the renewal process (Building Program Data Request Form and Memorandum of Agreement). Based upon the positive results from the data gathered, the division now plans to send these new documents to all building inspection programs by July 1, 2014. Each building inspection program will have until December 1, 2014 to complete this request for information.

The documents are explained below:
1. Building Program Data Request Form – This form will help the division gather fiscal year data (FY 2012-2013) for each building inspection program (permits, plans review, inspections, number of employees, budgets and intergovernmental agreements). The division will collect and analyze this information each year in order to help building inspection programs better understand and plan for statewide construction trends.

2. Memorandum of Agreement – In response to comments from the division’s Assistant Attorney General, the division is now requesting that each building inspection program sign a memorandum of agreement to formalize the delegation of authority from the state to jurisdictions choosing to operate a building inspection program.

Contact Brett Salmon, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-7613, if you have any questions.

Clarification of Multifamily Electrical Permitting

ORS 479.870 requires the Electrical and Elevator Board to adopt a statewide uniform method of calculating permit fees. The statewide method promotes predictability for permit applicants allowing them to determine probable costs prior to obtaining a permit. While the methodology is determined by the Board, individual building inspection programs are responsible for adopting fees reasonably calculated to cover the costs of enforcement and administration.

In multifamily dwellings, the Board adopted a particular methodology because several units can be inspected at the same time lowering the costs of performing inspections. The division has issued a recent clarification of the multifamily electrical permit fee methodology to maintain statewide uniformity.

For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472.

Building Official/Inspector Training Update

OSSC Code Change Training
In order to assist building officials and inspectors meet the new state code-change training requirements, BCD is offering 2014 code-change classes for the upcoming codes. The training, offered around the state, combines code changes for the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC), and Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC).

Division staff have completed several live classes across the state and will be finishing the rotation in the next two weeks.

If you have not registered yet for a code change class, please visit the Training Program webpage for registration requirements. The division is offering the online course below:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Online using GoToWebinar
This class is for those not available to attend a live training

Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) class
The division is offering an OIC class for those new to the construction industry. The class is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class will be held at Building Codes Division, 1535 Edgewater Street NW, Salem, OR 97304, in Conference Room C.

Please see the Training Program webpage for registration details.

Pre-registrations are being accepted for a September OIC class. The date has not been selected.

New Blog Posting

Check out the new Better Buildings blog posting about the relation of the Fire Code to the Building Code. The division is working to clarify the relationship between the sister codes to provide more predictability to contractors.

Code Change Updates

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty
Code Adoption Process Begins

The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. The time period for submitting code change proposals ended on May 15, 2014. The code adoption and amendment process is summarized here. Committee meetings will be held this summer, but date have not been chosen. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015.

For additional information, contact Tyler Larson, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-1227 or Kevin Perdue, Boiler Program Chief, at 503-373-7499.

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013 and the only meeting was held on February 19, 2014. The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on May 9, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014 with an October 1, 2014, adoption date.

For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Plumbing Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013, and the final meeting was held on February 26, 2014. The State Plumbing Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on April 20, 2014. The division is holding a public hearing on June 17, 2014. Written comments on the code will be accepted until June 20 at 5:00 p.m. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014 with an anticipated October 1, 2014, adoption date.

For additional information, contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The Electrical and Elevator Board reviewed and approved the code change recommendations made by the OESC Committee on February 27, 2014. The division is holding a public hearing on June 17, 2014. Written comments on the code will be accepted until June 20 at 5:00 p.m. Approved code amendments will tentatively be available to the public on July 1, 2014 and the anticipated effective adoption date is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, contact Shawn Haggin, Electrical Program Assistant Chief, at 503-378-5838.

Structural Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 OSSC is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. It is available for pre-order. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OSSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

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 Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 OMSC is complete and the code is at the printers. It is available for pre-order. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OMSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

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

Energy Efficiency Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 Energy Efficiency provisions is complete and the code is available for purchase. The provisions have an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OEESC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

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

Enforcement

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & Elevator 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 Electrical and Elevator Board.

Electrical License Suspensions and Revocations


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