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Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Nonstructural Components and Designated Seismic Systems

Effective July 1, 2017 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
July 27, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Required Seismic Certification and Special Inspections for Nonstructural Components and Designated Seismic Systems Effective July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will start implementing the provisions of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) section 1705.11.4 requiring special inspections of designated seismic systems and section 1705.12.3 requiring seismic certification of certain nonstructural components for structures designated as Risk Category III or IV.

Background: After a major earthquake, building systems often sustain more damage than the structure itself. Some of these systems are necessary for the building to function after an earthquake, such as key electrical, plumbing, fire and mechanical (gas, heating, ventilating) systems. It is particularly important to ensure the following types of buildings remain functional and allow for the continued operation of the building after an earthquake: buildings that represent a substantial hazard to human life such as high occupancy public assemblies; schools; water and waste treatment facilities; public utility facilities and facilities with large quantities of toxic and explosive materials; buildings that are designated as essential facilities such as hospitals and first responder facilities; designated emergency operation centers: designated emergency shelters: water storage facilities: and water pump structures needed to maintain water pressure for fire suppression. 

As part of the City’s overall disaster and earthquake resiliency plan, BDS recommends using the Office of Health Planning and Development (State of California) procedures as the model for seismic certification of nonstructural components. Certification requirements will be applicable only to Essential Facilities and High Occupancy Structures (Risk Category III and IV per the 2014 OSSC Table 1604.5). 

BDS will require seismic certification and special inspections only for new construction or on existing buildings when the system is upgraded, equipment is replaced, or a Change of Occupancy occurs whereby the building is reclassified to a Risk Category III or IV.  

BDS is developing a Code Guide with additional information on this topic that will be circulated to stakeholder groups in the near future for review and comment. 

Contact Information:  

Amit Kumar, Senior Engineer, at Amit.Kumar@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-7561, or
Fred Deis, Section Manager, at Fred.Deis@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7543.

Holiday Closure Monday, July 4, 2016: Observance of Independence Day

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
June 24, 2016   

Holiday Closure Monday, July 4, 2016: Observance of Independence Day

 

Holiday Closure: Monday, July 4, 2016 in Observance of Independence Day

Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing advance notice of an upcoming Holiday closure.

All Bureau of Development Services Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in Observance of Independence Day.

Access to BDS Permits Online for simple residential trade permits (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) will be available through our website. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/42781.

City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
June 22, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

City of Portland Development Related Fees Annual Changes on July 1, 2016

As generally occurs each year during the budget process City Council reviews requested fee changes. This year Council approved updates to building permit fees, system development charges, and other development-related fees, all to be effective July 1, 2016.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) collects fees under various fee schedules to fund Bureau operations including inspections, plan review, permit issuance, land use review, customer assistance meetings, and other functions. Since 1988, construction-related programs operating at BDS (approximately 95% of bureau budget) have been primarily self-supporting. BDS is committed to keeping fees as low as possible while still meeting cost recovery goals and supporting staff levels sufficient to meet customers’ needs.  

This commitment, coupled with significantly improved permit revenues over the last few years, is enabling the Bureau to reduce building and site development permit fees by 3% for all projects over $500 in valuation. However, the Environmental Soils fee will increase by 10% as the last of a multi-year agreement correcting a significant historical funding issue in that program.

BDS worked with the Fees & Regulations Subcommittee of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) to determine which fees could be reduced, and to what extent. Factors considered included:

  • Forecasted BDS expenditures and personnel growth
  • Current and future economic conditions
  • Revenue projections
  • Current financial positions of individual programs.

**NOTE: Many development fees, including System Development Charges (SDCs), charged by other City of Portland bureaus including Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services, Transportation, and Water will be changing on July 1, 2016. See the System Development Charges website for how to contact those bureaus for more information.

The BDS fee schedules are available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds. If you have questions about the Bureau of Development Services fee changes, please contact Deborah Sievert Morris, BDS Business Operations and Finance Services Manager, at (503) 823-7338 or deborah.sievertmorris@portlandoregon.gov.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.

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Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
June 21, 2016
 

Commercial Building Permit Completeness Checklist Requirement

 

The Bureau of Development Services is experiencing record-setting workloads. (See service level update from May 3rd, 2016.) In an effort to increase productivity and efficiency, the Life Safety Plan Review section is implementing a Completeness Checklist to be required with building permit applications for Commercial and Multifamily projects. This form will increase transparency for customers ready to submit for permit and will allow staff to quickly verify that plans are complete and ready to review.   

The checklist consolidates current submittal requirements, and organizes project information for ease of verification by applicants and reviewers. It does not increase the amount of information that is needed for a project. To learn more about submitting for a commercial building permit, please see https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/36659

The Completeness Checklist for Commercial Projects is now available online at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/571544. The form is required to be completed prior to meeting with a permit technician for application setup.   

Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Matt Rozzell, Life Safety Plan Review Manager, at Matthew.Rozzell@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5097.

Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

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SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
May 26, 2016
 

Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions (MRAA) for Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Structures with a Residential Comprehensive Plan Map Designation

 

Since recent changes to Portland City Code Chapter 24.55 Building Demolition went into effect April 20, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services has implemented the requirement of a 35-day delay and/or notification prior to issuing permits for demolitions and major alterations and additions to non-accessory residential structures with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.

Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units (including multi-family and mixed-use structures) with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. Previously, BDS only applied these provisions to single-family dwellings and duplexes.

This change to the applicability of the delay and/or notification requirements is based on the definition of residential structure in the Portland City Code (PCC), which is not restricted to single-family dwellings and duplexes. (See PCC 24.15.140.) The Code applies to all residential structures with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation. (PCC 24.55.200(B) and 24.55.210(B).)

BDS recognizes and appreciates our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide. Customers are encouraged to review and consider these delay and notification requirements as they prepare to apply for permits. Information on these building codes and the permitting process is available on BDS’ Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information webpage. For more information contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3622.

Do you have feedback on the Demolition and MRAA Ordinance? Submit them to the Comments, Questions, Suggestions, and Concerns webpage set up to gather feedback from the community and construction industry on this topic.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
 

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