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New Building Code and Submittal Requirements for 1 & 2 Family Residential Prescriptive Lateral Design


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
2011 Oregon Mechanical Officials Association Fall Institute

September 13-14 (8:30-4:30)

Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry

626 High St. NE | Salem, OR


Oregon Home Builders Association

September 13 (1:00-4:00)

Willamette Valley HBA

32054 Old Hwy 34 | Tangent, OR


2011 Oregon Building Officials Association Fall Institute

November 15-17 (TBA)

Holiday Inn Wilsonville

25425 SW 95th Avenue | Wilsonville, OR


Oregon Home Builders Association

September 23 (1:00-4:00)

HBA of Metro Portland

15555 SW Bangy Road Suite 301 | Lake Oswego, OR


Information Session - minimum building permit submittal requirements
Bureau of Development Services

September 19 (1:00-3:00)

1900 SW Fourth, Suite 2500 B | Portland, OR




Chuck Crawley

October 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

My neighbor behind us at 6344 N Curtis Av just added a pre-fabricated sauna kit and added on to a deck on the back of their house but I see no record of any permit applications or inspections on Portland Maps. The contractor or a sub performed the wiring modifications so it was not a case of the home-owners doing their own work. Please investigate.



November 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I would like someone to call me back regarding a commercial property on Burnside. My number is 503 913 1639
The address is 2137B E. Burnside
It is currently vacant and I would like to make enquiries regarding its usage.

Thank you.


mark hansen

November 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

the house at 6307 se dunbar portland or 97236. has been in the process of building a "poolhouse" in their backyard for the past two years.First of all how this ever got started i do not know.This is not a "poolhouse" this is a house in their backward.Will this project ever be finished? myself and my neighbors are tired of looking at this unfinished eyesore.I pay a tremendous amount of taxes to live in this neighborhood and i am tired of looking at this mess.Also my address is 6239 se platt ave. directly in front of my house is a four acre field that hasnt been cut since last march approx. I thought there were rules against the grass being to high. My patience has run out with these problems. I play by the rules and take care of my property, they should aswell. Regards Mark Hansen



November 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

There is non-permitted construction happening on N Cook St in between Commercial and Kerby. It is the property between the duplex and the red house. Also, the "construction workers" do not have a portable bathroom on site and many of the neighbors have seen them urinating on the job site. They have also approached neighbors asking if they can tap into their water and electrical. They have been asked if they have permits and they do not, yet they are still building...and doing a shabby, shabby job.

The workers also tore down my neighbors fence and bamboo and do not clean up their job site. It's a far cry from the professional job happening directly across the street where a 4-plex is going in with permits and licensed contractors.

I know there have been multiple complaints filed but no one from the city has yet to respond. This site is a wealth of fines for the city - you need to get on it and do it now, please.


Jacob Dockter

September 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

our residence is 4446 SE Rural.
They divided the lot and are putting in a skinny house next to us, address 4444 SE rural.

Few questions? What is the distance that is required when dividing a lot, placing a new lot next to an existing house, what distance does the house require to the property line? is it 3 feet?

Also, we have an egress window, and the window well sticks out a few feet towards the new property line. So now, when they build the fence, there will only be 6 or so inches between the well and the proposed fence? Does an existing egress window well extend the house line or is that not considered? Does their property/fence line need to be a required distance from a window well, allowing clearance around it?

it currently does not.


diane weisenberg

April 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

On my property there is a nicely built shed on a foundation that has been in place for 30+years built by the prior owner. It is part of the privacy fence line between my neighbor. The neighbor on the other side of my property line had an issue with me me and looked for anything to retaliate against me. He found the shed was not in code compliance (inches to high) thus, filed a complaint which then had a city inspector come to the property as a followup on the complaint. Now, I am faced with a $3000 tear down cost or a $1700 fee to bring in front of the building commission for review. Even that, does not have a guarantee. either way, the money is not in the budget. And, has no merit that it is a nuisance. Again, it has been in place for 30+ years. Advice?

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