Oregon Bulletin

March 1, 2013

Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division, Chapter 918

Rule Caption: Exempts certain permit applications from plan review by a certified individual

Adm. Order No.: BCD 1-2013(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 2-1-2013

Certified to be Effective: 2-2-13 thru 7-31-13

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 918-098-1000

Subject: This rule allows individuals employed by a municipality administering and enforcing a building inspection program to review and approve certain “simple permit” applications related to one- and two-family dwellings. These employees must utilize a division approved checklist when reviewing a “simple permit” application. This rule does not create any new exemptions items from review.

Rules Coordinator: Richard J. Baumann—(503) 373-7559


Purpose and Scope

(1) These rules establish minimum training, experience, certification, and certification renewal requirements for building officials and persons who perform specialty code plan review and inspections in this state.

(a) The certification requirements for commercial plumbing and electrical inspectors are located in OAR 918-695-0400 through 918-695-0410 and 918-281-0000 through 918-281-0020.

(b) Plan review and inspections required under the Oregon Reach Code are to be performed by individuals certified under these rules, OAR chapter 918, division 281, or chapter 918, division 695 to conduct plan review or inspections for the specialty code under which the particular Reach Code provision is regulated.

(c) Plan review certification is not required for individuals reviewing permit applications as a part of their permit issuance responsibilities for the following as they relate to one- and two-family dwellings:

(A) First floor decks attached to a dwelling which:

(i) Extend not more than 12 feet from the dwelling but not closer than three feet to a property line;

(ii) Are not more than 8 feet above grade;

(iii) Will not exceed a 40 PSF live load and not a combined live and dead load of 50 PSF; and

(iv) Are not in excess of a 2 horizontal 1 vertical ground slope.

(B) Car ports with a single slope that:

(i) Have a rafter span extending not more than 12 feet from a dwelling;

(ii) Are attached to the dwelling for the full length not to exceed 30 feet;

(iii) Have a maximum overhang of two feet that is not closer than three feet to a property line; and

(iv) Will not exceed a combined 50 PSF live and dead load.

(C) Patio covers that:

(i) Have a single slope roof;

(ii) Have a rafter span extending not more than 12 feet from the dwelling;

(iii) Are attached to the dwelling the full length not to exceed 30 feet;

(iv) Have a maximum overhang of two feet that is not closer than three feet to a property line; and

(v) Will not exceed a combined 50 PSF live and dead load.

(D) Fences not greater than 8 feet in height.

(E) Garage conversions as an accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling with no new cut openings in the existing wall.

(F) Window, door, or bathroom remodels where there are no load bearing or lateral bracing wall penetrations.

(G) Pole or manufactured steel structures with a maximum of 3,000 square feet which:

(i) Have a maximum 14 foot eave height;

(ii) Are not closer than three feet to the property line and at least 6 feet from all other buildings on the same lot; and

(iii) Fully engineered, including foundation where applicable.

(H) Mechanical equipment for the purposes of determining set-back requirements have been met.

(d) The building official is responsible for ensuring that persons performing permit reviews under this section utilize division approved checklist to perform reviews.

(e) The building official may determine based on unusual features, characteristics or other complicating circumstances that a certified individual must review a permit application.

(f) Where a jurisdiction routinely performs permit reviews for a type of project determined by the building official to be similar in complexity to the types of projects listed in subsection (c) of this rule, the building official may submit a checklist to the division for approval. If approved, the jurisdiction may utilize the checklist in the same manner as subsection (d).

(2) Nothing in these rules is intended to allow a person to violate statute or rule or change certification and licensing requirements set forth in statute.

(3) Nothing in these rules prevents the director from waiving procedural requirements in the rare circumstance where substantial compliance is impracticable.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.030, 455.055, 455.110, 455.500 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250, 455.030, 455.055, 455.110, 455.500, 455.622 & 455.720
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 18-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 20-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-12-11 thru 12-31-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 34-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; BCD 1-2013(Temp), f. 2-1-13, cert. ef. 2-2-13 thru 7-31-13

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