Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2013

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

Rule Caption: Creates additional requirements for municipality submitting a local amendment request

Adm. Order No.: BCD 8-2013(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-27-2013

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-13 thru 3-30-14

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 918-020-0370

Subject: Under the current rule, the division may approve requests from municipalities for ordinances that represent local amendments to the state building code. This temporary rule creates new provisions for local amendment requests when a municipality submits the request to the division.

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


Local Amendment Requests

(1) A local municipality may request under ORS 455.040 a local amendment relating to matters covered under the building code, by submitting to the division, in writing, a local amendment application. The application must include:

(a) The reason for the request;

(b) The name of, and contact information for, the building official responsible for submitting the request and enforcing and interpreting the local amendment if approved;

(c) A copy of the municipality’s proposed local ordinance or administrative rule; and

(d) A copy of the report required by section (2)(b) of this rule.

(2) Prior to submitting a request for a local amendment under ORS 455.040, a municipality must:

(a) Provide for a public hearing or public meeting in the manner required by applicable municipal or state law; and

(b) Submit a report to the division. The report must:

(A) Summarize comments received;

(B) Outline the impacts of the local amendment;

(C) Explain how the municipality responded to the substantive concerns and issues raised during the public input period;

(D) Identify the financial or regulatory incentives provided by the municipality to businesses or contractors impacted by the local amendment request;

(E) Estimate the fiscal impact of the local amendment. If the proposed amendment impacts residential construction, identify the specific cost to develop a 6,000 square foot parcel and to construct a 1,200 square foot detached single family dwelling on that parcel;

(F) Describe the stakeholder outreach, summarize groups communicated with and the result of that communication; and

(G) Identify any other communities the municipality discussed the proposed amendment with and whether a regional solution was considered.

(3) Local amendments shall not contain a severance clause. The content of the local amendment as interpreted and approved by the division represents the terms and conditions of the approval. Where one or more provisions are deemed invalid, the entire local amendment is invalidated.

(4) Once the local amendment request is received, the division will review the request and the municipality’s proposed amendment, and either approve the proposed local amendment in whole or in part, or deny the request. The division may approve the local amendment with conditions.

(5) Once the local amendment’s provisions are approved by the division they cannot be changed. If a municipality wishes to change the provisions, they must submit a new amendment request for the division’s approval.

(6) The building official for the municipality, identified in subsection (1)(b) of this rule, requesting the local amendment will be responsible for enforcing and interpreting the amendment once it is approved.

(7) The division may, upon written request, issue a directive to the building official to ensure that the local amendment is being administered according to the terms and conditions of the approval.

(8) A local amendment may be reviewed occasionally by the division to determine if it continues to be viable.

(9) The division reserves the right to terminate approval of the local amendment based on new information, including but not limited to, changes in technology, conflicts with model codes, changes in accepted practices under the applicable model codes, and failure of the building official to uphold the terms, conditions, or any directives related to the local amendment.

Stat. Auth. ORS 455.030

Stat. Implemented: ORS 455.040

Hist.: BCD 28-2008, f. 12-31-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; BCD 8-2013(Temp), f. 9-27-13, cert. ef. 10-1-13 thru 3-30-14

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