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The Bureau of Development Services is holding a free "How to Buy Simple Trade Permits Online" Lunch & Learn event on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the 1900 Building.
This Lunch & Learn is designed for both contractors and homeowners and we encourage anyone interested to bring their lunch and join us.
Simple trade permits – electrical, plumbing and mechanical – can be applied for and issued immediately 24 hours a day through the City of Portland online permitting system.
This hour long event will provide an overview of how to use the system and provide time for attendee questions. Staff will also be available to provide hands on computer assistance to attendees in the BDS computer training lab after the presentation.
The class will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A. [Google Map]
Interested, but can’t make this Lunch and Learn? Visit the Online Permitting webpage where you can find a step-by-step manual on how to apply for simple trade permits online.
Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board currently has a position the City is looking to fill. One seat is open for a “Citizen at Large” community representative on the board.
The Board is comprised of five members including: three citizen at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Appointments to the volunteer Noise Review Board are made for a three-year period.
The Noise Review Board normally meets once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month. The Board is charged with making decisions on Noise Variances for projects that range from nighttime construction projects to large outdoor concerts. The Board also works to develop long term objectives for achieving reduction of sound levels in the community.
If you have further questions regarding the Noise Review Board, contact the City’s Noise Control Officer, Paul van Orden at (503) 823-5829.
Interested parties are encouraged to file an official application for the City of Portland Noise Review Board and attend a Noise Review Board meeting (next scheduled meeting is February 8th, 2012 at 6 PM). Applications can be acquired from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Completed applications should be filed by no later than Friday February 15, 2012.
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For more information, contact Kathy Couch at (503) 823-3991 or email@example.com.
The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill five upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The outgoing members’ terms expire on January 25, 2012.
The DRAC is a citizen advisory body representing those with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes. The purpose of the DRAC is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City's goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment.
The DRAC advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations.
The DRAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue. DRAC members serve 3-year terms and may be re-appointed. The DRAC consists of seventeen members representing a wide variety of stakeholder groups, including (but not limited to) development, planning, construction contracting, public works, design professions, neighborhood interests, business interests, historic preservation, environmental organizations, and institutional properties.
The upcoming five vacant positions need to be filled by individuals representing the following categories:
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant's interest, background and experience, or a resume. Applications should be submitted by Friday, January 13, 2012.
We are looking to have the positions filled in the month of February. For more information about the DRAC, you may contact Mark Fetters, Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form or access it through the ONI website at www.portlandonline.com/oni.
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To keep City of Portland building permit customers up to date on State of Oregon Building Code application submittal requirements, the Bureau is providing the following advance summary and notice of training opportunities for applicants submitting residential building permits for new structures and additions designed using prescriptive wall bracing.
On October 1, 2011, all applications for new residential structures and additions designed using prescriptive wall bracing will be required to meet the new application requirements of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC). The additional information required by the 2011 ORSC will include separate Wall Bracing Floor Plans, a Building Construction Narrative, and Braced Wall Calculations.
The prescriptive wall bracing requirements of the 2011 ORSC have been completely rewritten and expanded from six (6) pages in the 2008 ORSC to thirty (30) pages of text, figures and tables. While the final design of a residential structure may turn out to be very similar, the code terminology and methods to determine minimum wall bracing requirements are entirely new.
The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Handout, Applying for a New Single Family Residential Project will be updated to reflect the new submittal requirements.
Note: The 2011 ORSC was effective on July 1, 2011 with a three month grace period where the applicant may choose to comply with either the 2008 ORSC or the 2011 ORSC.
|Upcoming classes for 2011 ORSC prescriptive lateral bracing|
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