Compliance Services inspects fire-damaged 1 & 2 family dwellings by responding to Portland Fire Bureau fire reports. After inspection, staff determine if repairs are necessary and write reports regarding any violations found. They determine the extent and nature of structural repairs using knowledge of standard framing practices and the One and Two Family Dwelling Code. In most cases, the inspectors are able to work with the property owners, contractors and insurance companies to return fire damaged structures to safe and legal conditions.
Compliance Services also inspects any structure that is a possible dangerous building. The owner of a dangerous building will be required to make repairs or demolish the structure, including timelines for repairs or demolition. A hearing may be scheduled with the City of Portland Hearings Office to obtain compliance with the code and in some circumstances, summary demolition (demolition by the City's contractors) could occur as a result of an imminent hazard.