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About the Oregon Administrative Rules

The annual Oregon Administrative Rules Compilation and monthly Oregon Bulletin.

The annual Oregon Administrative Rules Compilation and monthly Oregon Bulletin.

ORS 183.310(9) defines “rule” as “any agency directive, standard, regulation or statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of any agency.” The Oregon Administrative Rules are published by Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State.

General Information
The Administrative Rules Unit, Archives Division, Secretary of State publishes the Oregon Administrative Rules Compilation and the online Oregon Bulletin. The Oregon Administrative Rules Compilation is an annual print publication containing complete text of Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) filed through November 15 of the previous year. The Oregon Bulletin is a monthly online supplement that contains rule text adopted or amended after publication of the print Compilation, as well as Notices of Proposed Rule­making and Rulemaking Hearing. The Bulletin also includes certain non-OAR items when they are submitted, such as Executive Orders of the Governor, Opinions of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Quality cleanup notices.

Background on Oregon Administrative Rules
ORS 183.310(9) defines "rule" as "any agency directive, standard, regulation or statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of any agency." Agencies may adopt, amend, repeal or renumber rules, permanently or temporarily (up to 180 days), using the procedures outlined in the Oregon Attorney General's Administrative Law Manual. The Administrative Rules Unit assists agencies with the notification, filing and publication requirements of the administrative rulemaking process.

OAR Citations
Every Administrative Rule uses the same numbering sequence of a three-digit chapter number followed by a three-digit division number and a four-digit rule number (000-000-0000). For example, Oregon Administrative Rules, chapter 166, division 500, rule 0020 is cited as OAR 166-500-0020.

Understanding an Administrative Rule's "History"
State agencies operate in an environment of ever-changing laws, public concerns and legislative mandates which necessitate ongoing rulemaking. To track changes to individual rules and organize the original rule documents for permanent retention, the Administrative Rules Unit maintains history lines for each rule, located at the end of the rule text. OAR histories contain the rule's statutory authority, statutes implemented and dates of each authorized modification to the rule text. Changes are listed chronologically in abbreviated form, with the most recent change listed last. In the history line "OSA 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 11-10-93,"  for example, "OSA" is short for Oregon State Archives; "4-1993" indicates this was 4th administrative rule filing by the Archives in 1993; "f. & cert. ef. 11-10-93" means the rule was filed and certified effective on November 10, 1993.

Locating Current Versions of Administrative Rules
The online version of the OAR Compilation is updated on the first of each month to include all rule actions filed with the Administrative Rules Unit by the 15th of the previous month. The annual printed OAR Compilation volumes contain text for all rules filed through November 15 of the previous year. Administrative Rules created or changed after publication in the print Compilation will appear in a subsequent edition of the online Bulletin. These are listed by rule number in the Bulletin's OAR Revision Cumulative Index, which is updated monthly. The listings specify each rule's effective date, rulemaking action, and the issue of the Bulletin that contains the full text of the adopted or amended rule.

Locating Administrative Rule Publications
Printed volumes of the Compilation are deposited in Oregon's Public Documents Depository Libraries listed in OAR 543-070-0000. Complete sets and individual volumes of the printed OAR Compilation may be ordered from the Administrative Rules Unit, Archives Division, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301, (503) 373-0701.

Filing Administrative Rules and Notices
All hearing and rulemaking notices, and permanent and temporary rules, are filed through through the OAR online filing system. To expedite the rulemaking process, agencies are encouraged to file a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing specifying hearing date, time and location, and to submit their filings early in the submission period. All notices and rules must be filed by the 15th of the month to be included in the next month's Bulletin and OAR Compilation postings. Filings must contain the date stamp from the deadline day or earlier to be published the following month.

Administrative Rules Coordinators and Delegation of Signing Authority
Each agency that engages in rulemaking must appoint a rules coordinator and file an Appointment of Agency Rules Coordinator form with the Administrative Rules Unit. Agencies that delegate rulemaking authority to an officer or employee within the agency must also file a Delegation of Rulemaking Authority form. It is the agency's responsibility to monitor the rulemaking authority of selected employees and keep the forms updated. The Administrative Rules Unit does not verify agency signatures as part of the rulemaking process. 

Publication Authority
The Oregon Bulletin is published pursuant to ORS 183.360(3). Copies of the original Administrative Orders may be obtained from the Archives Division, 800 Summer Street, Salem, Oregon, 97310; (503) 373-0701. The Archives Division charges for such copies.


Note: The official copy of an Oregon Administrative Rule is contained in the Administrative Order filed at the Archives Division, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97310. Any discrepancies with the published version are satisfied in favor of the Administrative Order. The Oregon Administrative Rules and the Oregon Bulletin are copyrighted by the Oregon Secretary of State. Terms and Conditions of Use

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