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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Update - Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint in Residential Demolitions

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The Oregon Legislature recently passed a bill – Senate Bill 871 – allowing cities and counties to require copies of asbestos surveys and notice of asbestos abatement for residential demolitions. BDS will make those documents available to the public through Portland Maps.

In addition, the legislation directed the Oregon Health Authority to develop best practices for abating lead dust generated during residential demolitions. Local jurisdictions can choose which of those practices to adopt and can develop their own best practices.

BDS staff and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office are working with stakeholders on local best practices that will be shared with the OHA for inclusion in their comprehensive list. We anticipate the new asbestos and lead-based paint regulations will only apply to detached, one- and two-family dwellings.

The intent is to amend the Demolition Ordinance (City Code Chapter 24.55) and present the amendments to the City Council for consideration by the end of the year, with implementation of the new practices in early 2018. Drafts of the ordinance will be circulated in the coming weeks to internal and external stakeholders, including the Development review Advisory Committee (DRAC). Updates and training will be provided to staff if and when the ordinance is adopted.

For more information, please contact Nancy Thorington, Sr. Code and Policy Analyst, at 503-823-7023 or