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28.01.010 Statement of Purpose and Intent.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 181437, effective December 21, 2007.)  It is the purpose of Title 28 to promote the public’s health, safety and welfare through the regulation of floating structures and their appurtenances.  The City of Portland recognizes the River Community as an important part of the City’s overall vitality and livability, and that Floating Structures by their nature are a “Water Dependent Activity”.

 These regulations recognize that waterborne structures, by their very nature, confront different environmental factors than do structures located on land.  Furthermore, it is recognized that waterborne structures have distinctive design requirements such that strict adherence or application of the land-oriented Specialty Codes is not always appropriate and that modifications or exceptions should be made in appropriate circumstances in the application of those codes.