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Customer Notification: Important OSSC Code Changes Effective July 1, 2014

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

June 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

June 24, 2014. In an effort to proactively inform customers, and give them time to prepare for important building code changes announced by the Oregon Building Codes Division, BDS is sending this reminder:

2014 OSSC Code Adoption Update: The Oregon Building Codes Division has announced the adoption of the following codes, effective July 1, 2014: 

  • 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC)
  • 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC)
  • 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) 

The Oregon Building Code Division will allow a three (3) month transition period for implementation of these codes from July 1st to September 30th.  During this transition period, the City will accept proposals designed to either the old codes or the new codes.  Submittals are not allowed to mix and match code provisions, and must identify which code edition is used for the design of the project.

All proposals submitted on or after October 1, 2014 will be reviewed using the new regulations.

Code books are available for purchase through various vendors, including the International Code Council’s website. See http://shop.iccsafe.org/codes/state-and-local-codes/oregon.html for Oregon codes currently available for order, pre-order, or immediate pdf download.

It is expected that the free, online read-only versions of these codes will be published before September. The BDS website will be updated with links to these codes as they become available. 

Additional information on the code changes specific to Oregon can be found on the Oregon Building Codes Division website at http://www.bcd.oregon.gov/

Short-term Rentals - Upcoming Events and Current Regulations

The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) is working on a zoning code amendment package (RICAP 6) that includes amendments to a number of current zoning regulations, including the City’s short-term rental regulations.  With the exception of the short-term rental regulations, all other RICAP 6 code amendments were approved by City Council on June 11, 2014 and will become effective July 11, 2014. 

Upcoming Events

There are two upcoming events focused on the recommended changes to the City's short-term rental regulations contained in RICAP 6.  The next events are:

For more information on the proposed changes to the City's short-term rental regulations, please see the BPS RICAP website.  

Current Regulations

If you have questions about the current regulations that govern short-term rentals, please review the following information: 

  • The Bureau of Development Services, Planning and Zoning (503) 823-7526, for questions about current zoning code regulations. 
  • The State's Building Code Occupancy standards determine whether or not a room or space is permitted to be used as a sleeping area/dwelling. The easiest way to determine the occupancy of a space is to visit the Bureau's Resource/Records counter during our Permit Center business hours. You can research the occupancy records for the structure; however, there is a $15 charge per address.  Once you have obtained the records it is helpful to consult with the Life Safety Plans Examiners in the Development Services Center.
  • Contact the Revenue Bureau at 503-823-5157 to understand any appropriate transient/hospitality taxes and business license requirements. 

Customer Notification: Land Use Review Expiration Extensions End June 30, 2014

The Bureau of Development Services wants to remind its customers that the extension of time granted by City Council to obtain building permit(s) related to these Land Use Reviews expires June 30, 2014.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

June 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

June 16, 2014.  In an effort to provide customers additional time to start the permitting of a project approved through a Land Use Review process during the economic recession, the City Council provided an extension to the expiration of Land Use Review decisions.

The Bureau of Development Services wants to remind its customers that the extension of time granted by City Council to obtain building permit(s) related to these Land Use Reviews expires June 30, 2014.  Any Land Use Review decision that became effective between May 27, 2006 and December 31, 2008 or between May 16, 2009 and June 30, 2011 will expire if a City permit has not been issued for approved development, or the approved activity has not begun, by June 30, 2014, per Zoning Code Section 33.730.130.BFailure to obtain the required permit(s) may result in the applicant going through the Land Use Review process again.

If you have questions, please contact the Bureau of Development Services Zoning Hotline at (503) 823-7526.

If you’ve abandoned the project, or the permits have already been issued, please disregard this notice.

Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.

ADU Tour FlyerTour Date: Sunday, June 1st, 10am-6pm

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them

Featuring:

For more information, visit the Accessory Dwelling website: http://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour/


DEQ and its green building partners have produced this three-minute animated video to increase awareness of Accessory Dwelling Units.

 

Media Advisory: Neighborhood Concerns about Demolitions

Along with most types of construction activity in Portland, the demolition of single family homes, and the subsequent redevelopment of those properties, has increased with the economic recovery.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

MEDIA ADVISORY

May 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

Along with most types of construction activity in Portland, the demolition of single family homes, and the subsequent redevelopment of those properties, has increased with the economic recovery. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is responsible for administration of the City’s regulations that apply to construction on private property and demolition of residential structures. 
 
In several neighborhoods, demolitions of residential structures have generated concerns when no notification is provided to abutting residences prior to commencement of work. In response to these concerns, and after evaluating the existing demolition delay and notification requirements in the City Code Title 24, BDS is now interpreting this Code provision to require delay and notification of the demolition if a single family residential structure is to be replaced with something other than one single family residence. This interpretation became effective on April 30, 2014. More information can be found in the BDS Service Level Update on this change.
 
“Listening to everyone and making necessary changes to address reasonable concerns has always been a priority for me,” stated the Commissioner in charge of the bureau, Amanda Fritz. “This is an example of the importance of carefully considering new information and acting to address inconsistencies.” BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett added, “BDS is also working with industry partners to put in place a new courtesy notification process when there currently isn’t a required notification. The new process will encourage contractors to reach out to neighbors to inform them of upcoming demolitions, so that neighbors can take precautions such as closing windows and moving vehicles to avoid dust.” 
 
The courtesy notification process under consideration by BDS and its Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) would apply to situations where a demolition permit is accompanied by an application for a single family residence and is therefore exempt from delay and notification requirements. If the new notification process is recommended by DRAC, BDS will provide contractors information to notify neighbors in these situations and encourage them to use it. The Bureau hopes to have this additional demolition notification process in place by summer 2014. 
 
The increase in construction activity throughout Portland has come with some increased impacts. The Bureau is making changes where reasonably possible, within the context of the existing City Code requirements, to address these impacts. Additional discussions on ways to protect neighborhood character while supporting infill development will likely happen in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s process to update the Comprehensive Plan.
 
Questions or comments? Please contact, Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at ross.caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.4268.