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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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URM Buildings Seismic Retrofit Policy Information

  Do you own, live, or do business in an unreinforced masonry (URM) building in Portland? There are approximately 1,650 of these structures throughout the city. URMs pose a danger to public safety during an earthquake. Numerous examples from around the U.S. and elsewhere show URM buildings are likely to partially or completely collapse when the ground starts shaking. When they collapse, these buildings harm residents and people in the surrounding area. In order to ensure the safety of resident before the next quake, the City of Portland is working on a mandatory policy to require owners to retrofit these buildings.

On Feb. 14, 2019, the Federal Court ordered the City of Portland to stop enforcing the URM Placarding Ordinances 189201 & 189309. We will provide updates as they become available.

Click here to view the Notice of a Temporary Injunction.

Click here to view the Order of Temporary Injunction.


Read the URM Building Policy Committee Report

Learn more about the policy and give us your feedback online. Your input and comments about this proposed policy and important.

City URM Seismic Retrofit Project

Learn more about the project background and groups of City staff, property owners and community members that helped developed the Draft Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Policy Committee Report.