FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2009
Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
(Portland, OR) In order to maintain the highest possible service level with limited resources, the Compliance Services Section and the Neighborhood Inspections Section have combined to maximize available resources in order to respond to as many complaints as possible. The newly combined Neighborhood Inspections & Compliance Services Section will operate Zoning, Noise, Work without Permit, Dangerous Buildings, Signs & A-Boards, Nuisance, Housing, Derelict Buildings, Exterior Maintenance Requirements on non-Residential Structures and Chapter 13/Systematic Inspection enforcement programs.
Due to the high reduction in enforcement inspection staff, it is also necessary to prioritize the various types of complaint investigation and enforcement cases. This will allow the workgroup to focus on the most critical violations relative to fire, life safety, health, sanitation, environmental and neighborhood livability.
“I understand the importance of our enforcement programs, which provide safety and livability services for our neighborhoods and commercial business,” said Paul Scarlett, Bureau Director, “and we will do our very best to continue addressing as many code complaints with the resources available at this time.”
A detailed list of enforcement / complaint operational changes and priorities is available at http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=51292&a=268401. The following is a brief summary of the most significant changes to enforcement programs during this interim time:
- Elimination of live phone coverage for the BDS Enforcement Hotline (503-823-CODE) for reporting complaints.
- Elimination of Nuisance Abatements, except for the most severe Fire/Life/Safety and Health/Sanitation cases.
- Suspension of investigations for disabled vehicles on private property and zoning inspections for passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles.
- Suspension of investigations and abatements for storage of Non-trash items and debris.
- Increased timelines to investigate assigned cases.
- Suspension of investigations and abatements for tall grass and weeds and overgrowth along property lines.
If you have questions about the Bureau’s enforcement program please visit the Bureau website or contact Mike Liefeld at (503) 823-7332.